Assistant Professor – University of Connecticut

The Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in the area of physical oceanography. We seek candidates with physical oceanographic expertise which can include turbulence, waves, air-sea interaction, and physical ocean dynamics. Applicants who apply observations to studying processes controlling mass, momentum, and energy transfer across boundaries (e.g. atmosphere/ocean, land/ocean, benthic, density fronts) are encouraged. Competitive candidates should have experience in the development and use of modern measurement technologies, data analysis, and in the advancement of theory.

The Department of Marine Sciences ( has 18 tenure-track faculty members, 14 joint and in-residence faculty, 5 research professors, and an average enrollment of 45 graduate students and 70 undergraduate majors. A new faculty member will be joining the physical oceanography group as part of an ongoing strategic plan to build the program. The department and its faculty have state of the art research facilities including the R/V Connecticut, smaller vessels, other field instrumentation systems (buoys, gliders, ROVs), computational resources, analytical instrumentation facilities, and research laboratories which support a strong record of research excellence. The department is centered at the Avery Point campus, located on the coast in southeastern Connecticut. There will be opportunities for collaboration exist with faculty in marine sciences and in other departments throughout the university.


The successful candidate is expected to grow a nationally-recognized extramurally-funded research program and a scholarly publication record that contributes to the department’s research mission in marine sciences. Teaching duties include existing core courses in the undergraduate marine sciences and graduate oceanography interdisciplinary curricula, as well as specialized courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Advising undergraduate and graduate students is required. Professional service to the department, the university, and the scientific community is expected.


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in oceanography or a related field
  • Postdoctoral experience relevant to the position
  • Evidence of strong research and publication records, commensurate with time since Ph.D., that demonstrates a competitive research agenda
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to teach undergraduate/graduate courses in marine sciences and ability to supervise graduate students in oceanography


  • Evidence of capability to generate and grow an innovative research program
  • Experience in teaching, training, and/or supervision of students
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity of the learning experience


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Avery Point Campus.


Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research and scholarship statement, commitment to diversity statement, and the names and contact information for three references. Evaluation of applicants will begin on December 18, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information regarding the Department of Marine Sciences please visit our website at

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2020219)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Statement
  • Commitment to diversity statement
  • Research and Scholarship Statement
  • Three References (no actual letters, just names and email addresses )

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