Associate/Full Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Numerical Modelling – William & Mary

We invite applications for a tenure-eligible position in the School of Marine Science (SMS), VIMS. Associate rank is preferred, but higher ranks may also be considered. The position is anticipated to begin in the Summer of 2022.

The candidate should demonstrate an established funding record, have a strong scholarship record commensurate with experience, a demonstrated ability to sustain an active research program, potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring students, and strong communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to lead 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.Candidates are sought who are prepared to engage in research and advisory service consistent with VIMS’ mission. The candidate should demonstrate excellence in the development of numerical modelling capabilities for coastal and estuarine environments, and ideally the application of coupled biophysical models at multiple scales to inform coastal issues such as storm surge and water quality. The successful candidate will be poised to take advantage of opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations that abound at VIMS, such as investigating hydrodynamic effects on biological, chemical, and geological processes. Additionally, the appointment will afford the successful candidate with access to VIMS and William & Mary’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a teaching program that meets the needs of VIMS’ graduate student population.We are seeking candidates who share VIMS’ commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence.

Education: 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to sustain research funding, commensurate with experience.
  • Strong quantitative skills applicable to estuarine and coastal physical oceanography.
  • Strong working knowledge of estuarine and coastal numerical modelling with the ability to develop and apply them to coastal issues.
  • Strong proficiency with a variety of software applications, with advanced analytical abilities, with skills in model coding and programming including within an HPC environment.
  • Excellent communication and presentation abilities, with demonstrated skills in using a variety of formats to deliver information to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent technical writing skills with experience in the development of written proposals.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the demonstrated ability to supervise students and/or staff and work collaboratively as an effective team member, and effectively interact with a diverse constituency.
  • Evidence of an independent, defined research agenda, complementing those of existing VIMS faculty and the institute’s mission.
  • Ability and commitment to teach graduate-level numerical modelling and/or quantitative skills to marine science students.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Expertise in multi-scale estuarine or coastal modelling (creek-river-estuary-global ocean) to address issues including sea level rise, inundation, compound flooding, sediment transport, water quality, and total maximum daily load (TMDL).
  • Experience in addressing coastal/ocean response to climate change and/or anthropogenic drivers.
  • Experience with 3D baroclinic cross-scale flows, e.g. lake-river-estuary-plume-shelf-ocean circulations.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing multi-scale grids (e.g., unstructured and/or nested approaches), calibrating model performance, and applying models to coastal, estuarine, and ocean issues.
  • Evidence of leadership in fields related to estuarine and coastal modelling.
  • Evidence of/interest in multi-disciplinary research.
  • Experience working with federal, state, and/or local advisory agencies.
  • Evidence of a high level of interest in and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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