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Assistant Professor of Oceanography - (2 Positions)

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
Closing date
Feb 13, 2023

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Ocean Science
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The coastal ocean is undergoing dramatic transformations due to both local anthropogenic pressures and global climate change. The resilience of coastal marine regions is dependent on interactions among a dynamic set of components, including complex biological systems (including humans), shifting chemical baselines, and altered land-sea-air interactions. The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) seeks applicants for two faculty positions at the assistant professor level to address changes occurring in coastal regions across the globe. Successful applicants will develop research and teaching programs that address the fundamental underpinnings of coastal ocean systems and apply them through transdisciplinary studies to coastal processes and resilience. New faculty will join GSO during the onset of a $170 million investment by Rhode Island in redevelopment of URI’s Bay Campus, including a new, $35 million ocean engineering and large-scale tank facility and the commissioning of a new, state-of-the-art regional class UNOLS research vessel R/V NARRAGANSETT DAWN.

GSO encourages applications from researchers whose work directly intersects or has capacity to contribute to coastal processes and resilience. This includes, but is not limited to:

Biological oceanographers with a focus on middle and upper trophic level biology in the coastal water column and/or benthos; Physical oceanographers with a focus on processes in estuarine or continental shelf regions, ranging from circulation to submesoscale and mixing; Chemical oceanographers with a focus on natural or anthropogenic biogeochemistry focused on coastal regions, including coastal resilience, organic geochemistry, and trace elements to fundamental disciplinary topics; Geological oceanographers with a focus on coastal hazards, history and rates of coastal change, and coastal processes (including sea level change, sediment transport, erosion and deposition, human coastal modification, seafloor morphological change, continental margin tectonics, and geodesy); We particularly encourage applicants who use tools and approaches that encompass remote sensing/optics, machine learning, process-based modeling and data assimilation, bioinformatics, instrument development and use of new and innovative autonomous platforms.

The GSO recognizes that oceanographers do not reflect the diverse spectrum of humanity and that oceanography will be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. GSO strives to be a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion – and to change the way the STEM world approaches these issues with real commitments to representation, social, and environmental justice. We seek innovation and inspiration for the next generation of ocean scientists, educators, and explorers. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented, marginalized, or excluded in our field and/or have demonstrated leadership towards building an equitable and inclusive scholarly environment.

Basic Function

Successful candidates are expected to establish a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research program to advance understanding of coastal processes and coastal resilience, teach graduate and undergraduate classes, and support public engagement.

Please visit the URI jobs website at to apply for faculty job posting (F00357).     

Applications will be reviewed beginning February 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. 

                                               APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE ONLY.

The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.


The University of Rhode Island is the State’s public learner-centered research university. We are a community joined in a common quest for knowledge. The University is committed to enriching the lives of its students through its land, sea, and urban grant traditions. URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university.

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