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Assistant Professor of Ocean & Earth Sciences in Coastal Geoscience (Tenure Track)

Old Dominion University
A city in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia
Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Oct 17, 2021
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The Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU) seeks candidates with research interests in coastal geoscience for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position having an anticipated start date of July 2022. Within the broad area of coastal geoscience, research interests can include any of the following: geomorphology, analysis or projections of sea level change and its impact on coastal systems, geochronology, geohazards, and/or geospatial analytics. We are particularly interested in candidates using novel and interdisciplinary approaches to tackle these research challenges. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an externally-funded research program, contribute to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, mentor graduate students, and contribute to ODU’s interdisciplinary research activities focused on climate change and coastal dynamics, among them the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience. The Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences has 25 faculty members with strengths across the oceanographic and terrestrial geoscience disciplines.

Required Experience: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in ocean science, geoscience, or a related field, as well as postdoctoral experience. The ideal candidate will have a history of scholarly publications commensurate with their level of experience, knowledge of external funding opportunities, and demonstrated experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Excellence in oral and written communication is required.

Preferred Experience: Preference will be given to candidates who have expertise in collection and analysis of observations of coastal zone processes across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, experience with quantitative tools used to analyze observations, and the skills to convey coastal zone data collection and interpretation to non-specialists.

Old Dominion University is a dynamic metropolitan, residential, research-intensive public institution with both a diverse faculty and student body. ODU has an enrollment of 24,000+ students, including approximately 6,000 graduate students, and a full-time equivalent faculty of over 900 of which 40% are women ( The University's primary campus is in Norfolk, VA, one of seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Additional information about the University, faculty, and policies may be found at

ODU and the College of Sciences is committed to inclusive excellence, recognizing that diversity enhances and enriches our educational mission, employment experience, and community engagement. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. ODU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should apply online at A complete application package will consist of a cover letter describing the individual's qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, a statement addressing research, a statement addressing teaching, a diversity and inclusion statement, unofficial graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin October 18, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


Located in Norfolk, Virginia, Old Dominion University ( is a state supported, research intensive institution enrolling more than 24,000 students, of which 6,000 are graduate students. Norfolk is a culturally rich, historic city and a major international maritime center in a metropolitan area of over 1.5 million people. Norfolk is one of the seven cities comprising Hampton Roads, located on the Chesapeake Bay, one of the world’s largest estuarine systems. It is a center of research development in marine science, ship design and construction, and other areas of advanced technology. The OEAS Department is nationally ranked and currently includes 23 full-time faculty, 5 research faculty, and 13 staff members. The Department has graduate and undergraduate programs of high quality, granting a Ph.D. degree in Oceanography and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Ocean and Earth Sciences. The Department receives substantial state support and is well funded by extensive peer-reviewed grants from federal agencies. An endowment of approximately $16 million provides additional support for programs within the Department. The Department of OEAS includes two research centers, the Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology and the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, and maintains a 55-foot research vessel, the R/V Slover. More information on the Department can be found at

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