Professor positions – Oregon State University

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University is pleased to re-open the search for four (4) research-focused, tenure-track, open rank professor positions, who maintain or have the potential to maintain sea-going research programs. This is a cluster hire that promotes interdisciplinary research across four focus areas: Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, and Marine Geology and Geophysics. Applications to more than one position is suggested for candidates with interdisciplinary focus. Given the extensive delay in this hiring action we are inviting new applicants as well as encouraging previous applicants to update their application materials.

We seek faculty members who will develop and maintain vigorous, externally funded, sea-going research programs. We particularly welcome applications from individuals with interests that complement or strengthen existing CEOAS research areas, and will instigate new and innovative college- and university-wide, national and international oceanographic research programs. The faculty members will participate in the CEOAS undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, and in the advising and mentoring of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars.


We welcome any applicant working in observational physical oceanography regardless of approach, including those whose work spans other disciplines, such as sensor/platform development, acoustics, bio-physical interactions or air-sea processes.
See Physical Oceanography job posting 87955.


Each position is full-time (1.0 FTE) for 12 months. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. There is an expectation that the successful candidate will secure external research funding to support 60% of his/her full-time salary. For research-focused positions, it is CEOAS policy to confer indefinite tenure when promoted to full Professor, with the indefinite tenure granted on the basis of a 12-month (0.75 FTE) appointment. OSU offers a competitive benefits package, which includes several options for health/dental/life insurance, retirement, as well as a university program for reduced tuition for qualified dependents.


All CEOAS faculty members are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion, including efforts promoting equitable outcomes among learners of diverse and under-represented identity groups. For further explanation of OSU’s vision and principles, please see Institutional Diversity. Specific responsibilities and overall effort for the appointment are 75% Research/Scholarship, 15% Teaching/Advising, and 10% Service.


  • PhD in the Earth or Ocean Sciences or related disciplines by the start of the employment.
  • A strong scholarly potential demonstrated in the record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • A clearly defined sea-going research agenda commensurate with academic rank.
  • Potential for establishing an externally funded research program, demonstrated by the articulation of compelling scientific goals and proposed methods to achieve those goals.
  • Potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring, demonstrated by past and present teaching experience as a teaching assistant or instructor of record, courses designed and taught, and commitment to scientific methods and discipline.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English.
  • A commitment to educational equity in a multicultural setting and to advancing the participation of diverse groups and supporting diverse perspectives.


  • Establishment of a successful research program evidenced by publication and funding records, with demonstrated progress toward national and international recognition.
  • Demonstrated experience designing and conducting sea-going research.


  • An established and sustained research program with national and international recognition, evidenced by publication and funding records.
  • Demonstrated experience designing, conducting, and leading sea-going research.


For full consideration, applications must be received by 16 April 2021. Position closing date is 30 April 2021.


Go to:
Biological Oceanography (job posting 87958)
Chemical Oceanography (job posting 87957)
Marine Geology and Geophysics (job posting 87956)
Physical Oceanography (job posting 87955)

See College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences for information about the college. When applying, the applicant will be required to attach the following electronic documents: (1) A resume/CV that includes a list of publications, funding, teaching and mentoring history, and community services. (2) A cover letter indicating how the applicant’s qualifications and experience have prepared him/her for this position. (3) The names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers. (4) Statements of (a) current and proposed research interests; (b) aspirations for establishing new sea-going programs; (c) teaching experience and interest; and (d) how the applicant would contribute to the OSU commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community.

Inquiries about this sea-going cluster hire may be directed to Drs. Marta Torres (, Byron Crump (, Rob Harris (, and Kipp Shearman ( For questions regarding the application process please contact Karen Edwards (

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) is renowned for excellence in basic and applied research on the global Earth system that governs all its interacting physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes and the human dimensions within these. Our work extends from the Pacific Northwest to both poles, from the bottom of the ocean to the upper reaches of the atmosphere, to studies of other planets in our solar system. CEOAS operates state-of-the-art laboratories, a node for the Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI), the OSU Marine and Geology Repository (OSU-MGR), and two oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus that will be replaced in 2021 by the NSF-funded, CEOAS-built 199-ft Taani; and the Elakha. Academic programs in CEOAS are interwoven with research and combine classroom excellence with experiential learning, including extensive field experiences in particular at sea.

The College has an annual budget of more than $80 million, with support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other federal agencies. It has more than 100 faculty, 120 graduate students, and 700 undergraduate students. Our graduate programs are recognized as among the best in the world and include Master’s and PhD degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography and a Master’s degree in Marine Resource Management. The college has undergraduate programs in Oceanography, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences, with several minors and certificate programs.

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