Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Physical Oceanography

The College of Marine Science (CMS) at the University of South Florida (USF) invites applications for  two nine-month tenure-track faculty appointments in Physical Oceanography. Appointments will be at  the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level, with rank dependent on qualifications and experience.  

We are searching for two Physical Oceanographers who will contribute to an understanding of the  ocean/atmosphere system, past, present, and future, from fundamental disciplinary topics to global scale  processes including climate, through interactions with multi-disciplinary marine science faculty and  programs. Qualified candidates will employ modern tools of multi-disciplinary science to understand  regional and global issues critical to the ocean system. We seek high quality candidates in all aspects of  physical oceanography.  

Candidates will be selected based on their potential to conduct transformative research, productivity with respect to peer reviewed publications, acquisition of external research funding, potential for outstanding  mentoring and teaching, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful candidates would be expected to contribute to core graduate courses in oceanography and teach specialty courses at  the graduate level. 

Minimum Requirements: Must have a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline at the time of hire and  research experience in Physical Oceanography.  

Preferred qualifications: We are seeking innovative and interdisciplinary scholars with a demonstrated  record of high-impact research, a history of, or desire for, interaction with colleagues across a broad suite  of disciplines within the academy, professional community, civil society and government sectors, and a  commitment to student success. Literacy in issues of recruiting and supporting underrepresented students,  staff, and colleagues will be important for our consideration of applicants. 

For the Assistant Professor rank, candidates should have a record of scholarly products and demonstrate  potential for a career of creative work and scholarly publication, demonstrate potential for acquisition of  extramural research funding, exhibit a commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate  students, and demonstrate commitment to high ethics and service to the public and their professional  community.  

For the Associate Professor / Professor rank, candidates should have an outstanding record of research, including substantive publication and other record of scholarly achievement, evidence of success in  obtaining extramural research funding, commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate  students, and demonstrate a culture of high ethics and service to the public and their professional  community.

Contact: For information regarding the available position, please contact Dr. Don Chambers (Chair),, or Tim Trowbridge, (727-553-3375).  

Application procedures: To apply please submit your application, curriculum vitae, and requested  documents through the USF Careers recruitment system here. 

Please submit the following requested documents with your application:  

  1. A cover letter highlighting your motivation for applying to this position (one page maximum).
  2. A research statement that describes the focus and impact of your current and planned future research  (three page maximum). 
  3. A statement of your teaching and student mentoring philosophies, and goals at USF CMS (two page  maximum). 
  4. A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (two page maximum). 
  5. Curriculum vitae. 
  6. Contact information for three referees. 

These positions will be open until filled; however, priority review of applications will begin by August  11, 2023. The College of Marine Science has 30 ranked faculty covering biological, chemical, geological,  and physical aspects of marine science and resource assessment, ~100 graduate students, ~$15 million in  annual research, a total endowment of ~$18 million, and ~80 full-time support personnel. The CMS hosts  a range of state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities and is strategically located on USF’s waterfront  campus in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is home to many State and Federal research and operational  agencies including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Institute of Oceanography,  NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office, and the USGS Coastal and Marine  Science Center. Together, these comprise one of the largest marine-science research complexes in the US.  Additional information is available at and  

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located adjacent to beautiful  Tampa Bay on Florida’s spectacular west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and is ranked 28th among the top public universities for total research expenditures by the National  Science Foundation. In 2023, USF was invited to join the Association of American Universities (AAU),  a prestigious group of leading universities in the United States and Canada. The university is classified  by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the Doctoral Universities: Highest  Research Activity category, a distinction attained by only 2.5 percent of all universities. USF is the fastest rising university in America, according to U.S. News and World Report’s (U.S. News) 2023 Best Colleges  rankings. At the heart of USF is a vibrant, diverse, and engaged student body. More than 50,000 students  are enrolled in the USF System, which includes three distinct campuses –USF St. Petersburg, USF Tampa,  and USF Sarasota-Manatee – with an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of  more than $6 billion.  

USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.  All job decisions at USF are made without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion or belief, age, disability,  sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations  where we operate.

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