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Assistant or Associate Professor in Coastal Physical Oceanography

University of Georgia/Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Savannah, Georgia
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Nov 2, 2023

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The University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the Department of Marine Sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences invite applications or nominations for a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position resident at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA.

We are seeking a collegial individual whose research focuses on numerically and/or analytically modeling coastal systems, encompassing the seaward open ocean boundary, regional shelf, to nearshore continuum. The Skidaway Institute is situated near the broad shallow shelf of the South Atlantic Bight (SAB), which has a strong western boundary current at its seaward boundary and an extensive marsh and estuarine system at its landward boundary. We seek an individual examining cross-shelf exchange in coastal settings worldwide, with interests and skills needed to surmount the modeling hurdles that systems like the SAB present. Candidates who examine interdisciplinary research questions by coupling models with observations are preferred. We expect the successful candidate to be self-motivated, and interested in pursuing innovative research and education in a highly supportive academic environment.

A successful candidate to an Assistant Professor level appointment must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Oceanography (or a related area) and at least 1 year of postdoctoral experience. Candidates with records that provide evidence of scholarship, synergistic activities, and the potential to obtain extramural funding are preferred. Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including advanced courses in their area of specialization, and support research and mentoring of students and postdocs. Exceptional applicants seeking appointment at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate a successful history of extramural funding required to support a sustainable research program and an established national reputation with a clear path toward an international reputation in their field based on a body of published work (see MarSci P&T guidelines). To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate or full professor and have tenure with their current institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire (see UGA Appointment, P&T Guidelines).

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography leverages the resources of a coastal research and training institute, including close proximity to a variety of marine environments and access to the UNOLS-affiliated R/V Savannah, as well as the resources and academic opportunities available at the University of Georgia, the state’s flagship university. Successful candidates will enhance existing programs in the Department of Marine Sciences in Athens ( and at Skidaway ( Interactions with other departments and with institutions throughout the University System of Georgia are supported and encouraged.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement (no more than 3 pages), teaching philosophy (no more than 3 pages), and contact information for three references at Review of applications begins on November 21, 2023 and willcontinue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position and application process should be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Dana Savidge (

This position is available August 2024. Selected applicants will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.


The University of Georgia's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a multidisciplinary research and training institution located on Skidaway Island near Savannah. The Institute was founded in 1968 with a mission to conduct research in all fields of oceanography. In 2013, the institute was merged with the University of Georgia. The campus serves as a gateway to coastal and marine environments for programs throughout the University System. The Institute’s primary goals are to further understanding of marine and environmental processes, conduct leading-edge research on coastal and marine systems, and train tomorrow’s scientists.d graduate students from UGA and all over the world.

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