Assistant Professor in Physical Oceanography – UMaine

Statement of the Job:

The University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences seeks to fill the full-time, academic-year, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Oceanography to begin August 29, 2022.  We are seeking a physical oceanographer with research interests and expertise in the area of ocean observing, especially in, but not limited to, the Gulf of Maine and adjacent waters.  This region has attracted much attention from scientists and marine resource managers in light of recent, rapid changes in water properties driven in large part by variable water mass dynamics in the area.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take advantage of the infrastructure currently available as part of the University of Maine’s Ocean Observing program, which includes several faculty currently funded in part by IOOS/ NOAA via NERACOOS (Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems) and CariCOOS (Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System).

The School of Marine Sciences has approximately 360 undergraduate majors, 75 graduate students and 24 full time faculty, and offers graduate and undergraduate degrees.  Graduate programs include:  M.S. and Ph.D programs in Marine Biology; M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Oceanography; M.S. program in Marine Policy, and a non-thesis Professional Marine Science (P.S.M.) degree.  We also offer a dual M.S. degree program in Marine Policy coupled with either Marine Biology or Oceanography. Our SMS faculty participate in the interdepartmental graduate program in Aquaculture.  Our undergraduate program offers a B.S. degree in Marine Science that can be either a stand-alone Marine Science degree, or it can have an area of concentration, in either Marine Biology, Oceanography or Aquaculture. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a workload split of 50% Teaching, 50% Research.  The College defines a full teaching load (100%), as 18 credit hours (per year).
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates.
  • Engage in institutional and professional service.
  • Develop and maintain an active, extramurally-funded research program in the general area of physical oceanography and ocean observing.
  • Teach classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the institution and discipline.

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels. Further information about UMaine can be found at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found here.Qualifications:


  • Hold a Ph.D. in an area of the physical oceanographic sciences or an equivalent terminal degree, by date of hire;
  • Have a record of peer-reviewed publications;
  • Show potential to build an extramurally-funded research program;
  • Show evidence of interest and ability in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Plan to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within SMS and the discipline.


  • Have postdoctoral experience;
  • Have experience teaching undergraduates and/or graduate students;
  • Have a record of securing extramural funding for research;
  • Have an interest in working with ocean observing systems;
  • Have an interest in working with interdisciplinary teams that include natural and social scientists;

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position” below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references
4.) a statement of current and future plans for research which includes approaches to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (2 pages max)
5.) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience which includes approaches to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (max 2 pages)
6.) a one-page statement of the applicant’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia.

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: April 14, 2022
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: April 19, 2022
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: April 25, 2022
Tentative start date: August 29, 2022

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Neal Pettigrew at or 207-581-4384.

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