Assistant/Associate Professor, Estuarine/Coastal Physical Oceanography – William & Mary

Assistant/Associate Professor in Estuarine/Coastal Physical Oceanography: We invite applications for a tenure-eligible position in the School of Marine Science (SMS), VIMS. Assistant rank is preferred, but higher ranks may also be considered. The position is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2019.

The School of Marine Science at VIMS is Willam & Mary’s graduate school in marine science. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States. VIMS employs 52 full-time faculty members, 256 staff, and has 80 graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs. There are four academic departments at VIMS: Biological Sciences, Aquatic Health Sciences, Fisheries Science, and Physical Sciences. Further information on the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the School of Marine Science may be accessed through the web at:

The successful candidate will develop and maintain an active research program that is externally well-funded, teach core and advanced courses, advise students (primarily at the graduate level), participate in university and VIMS/SMS governance, and provide advisory service on related resource management issues of importance to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ideally, the candidate should demonstrate excellence in field-oriented research, but also be comfortable employing modeling, remote sensing, or experimental approaches. Environments of interest include estuaries, the shelf, and nearshore regions. The successful candidate will be poised to take advantage of opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations that abound at VIMS, such as tracking and predicting the distribution of biotic and abiotic materials, and investigating hydrodynamic effects on biological, chemical, and geological processes. Candidates will be expected to develop a teaching program that speaks to the needs of VIMS’ graduate student population. Candidates who are prepared to engage in research and advisory service consistent with the VIMS mission will be especially welcome.

We are seeking candidates who share VIMS’ commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence.

Required Qualifications:


  • Holds Ph.D. or similar terminal degree at time of appointment in an area applicable to marine science.

Competencies and Skills:

  • Proven research background with strong writing ability as evidenced by a peer-reviewed publication record commensurate with experience and years from Ph.D.
  • Strong quantitative skills applicable to estuarine and coastal physical oceanography.
  • Ability and commitment to teach introductory graduate-level physical oceanography to marine science students, including those not specializing in physical oceanography.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong research background in important issues including (but not necessarily limited to) aspects of observational estuarine, coastal, and/or nearshore physical oceanography.
  • Evidence of impactful research, commensurate with experience.
  • Demonstrated strong potential for success in external funding, commensurate with experience.
  • Evidence of an independent, defined research agenda, complementing those of existing VIMS faculty and the institute’s mission.
  • Promise for leadership in fields related to estuarine and coastal physical oceanography.
  • Evidence of/interest in multi-disciplinary research.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.
  • Evidence of potential for effective mentoring and teaching of graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Strong potential for contributing to additional quantitative courses of broad interest to VIMS students and complementary to the VIMS curriculum.
  • Experience or interest working with federal, state and local advisory agencies.
  • Evidence of a high level of interest in and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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