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Coastal Social Scientist

Wanchese, North Carolina
Closing date
Apr 24, 2021

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Interdisciplinary/Other, Social Sciences
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Education Level
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$75,000 - $99,999
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No Relocation
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The Department of Coastal Studies, in East Carolina University’s Integrated Coastal Programs, seeks to appoint a social scientist at Assistant or Associate Professor level with an active, interdisciplinary research program focusing on coastal and marine environmental issues. Scholars from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. This tenure-track position is part of a major ECU investment in research and teaching programs focused on natural, social, physical, and engineered dimensions of ocean margins.

We seek creative, rigorous scholars with interests in working across disciplinary boundaries to shed light on complex problems resulting from the interaction of people and the natural environment. Although this is a research-focused position, the new faculty member will also teach and mentor students in the department’s interdisciplinary and research-intensive Integrated Coastal Sciences PhD program ( and develop classes at ECU’s Outer Banks campus. This position is an opportunity to be part of an exciting and dynamic new enterprise in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. The successful candidate will be expected to build a strong externally funded research program; provide professional service; teach and develop courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and develop research collaborations and synergistic activities with other faculty members of DCS, ECU, and partner institutions. The faculty position will be located at ECU’s Outer Banks Campus on Roanoke Island.

Doctoral degree in Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Science, Political Science, Social Psychology, Sociology, Geography, or other social or interdisciplinary science.

Disciplinary background for this position is open. Examples of disciplinary backgrounds may include anthropology, economics, environmental science, political science, social psychology, or sociology.

We anticipate that the selected candidate will have a solid background in the application of quantitative and qualitative methods to contemporary theoretical and practical research questions. Additional qualifications include the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate classes related to coastal issues, evidence of working on interdisciplinary research projects, and a record of publishing and securing external funding for their own research and for student research.

East Carolina University has recently restructured its coastal enterprise, aligning research on its Greenville, NC campus with expansion of its Outer Banks campus (the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), near Manteo, NC; These changes are a result of an expanded institutional recognition that ocean margins are critical coastal regions where continents and oceans interact, where human populations are highly dynamic, and where measurable changes in response to social and natural processes are occurring.

A centerpiece of this renewed commitment was the formation of a new Department of Coastal Studies (DCS) ( in 2018. The DCS coordinates and enhances research communities across ECU’s Greenville campuses, the Outer Banks campus, and our partner Institutions, and provides ECU with a strong center and point of contact to expand its leadership role in addressing interdisciplinary coastal and marine issues. Existing DCS faculty have expertise in Applied Geography, Engineering, Remote Sensing, Water Resources, Coupled Human-Natural processes, Physical Oceanography, Labor and Migration, Fisheries Ecology, and Environmental Governance.

CSI is a growing interinstitutional research and education enterprise, engaged in innovative and applied coastal research and situated on a scenic new waterfront campus on Roanoke Island. CSI has active collaborations with North Carolina Aquariums, the National Park Service, UNC Sea Grant College Program, and several institutions across the University of North Carolina system. These relationships provide opportunities to leverage established nearshore data resources, a real-time coastal processes numerical modeling framework, and data management and dissemination infrastructure.

ECU’s Outer Banks Campus houses an eclectic and passionate collection of researchers and operations and support staff and is a great place to work. The Outer Banks is one of the world’s premier ocean and water sports locations, and northeastern North Carolina houses a remarkable collection of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and wildlife.

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