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Assistant Professor, Marine/Coastal Biology

University of South Florida - Department of Integrative Biology
Tampa, Florida
Closing date
Nov 28, 2023

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Biogeosciences, Ocean Science
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Early Career (up to 10 years past degree)
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The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa celebrates diversity and inclusive excellence among our faculty. We seek a Marine/Coastal Biologist to fill a 9‐month, full-time and tenure‐earning, Assistant Professor position, with an appointment start date of August 7, 2024.

Research may be field‐ or lab‐based, on any system from microbes to macrofauna or macroflora, or communities.  USF is located near diverse marine ecosystems both natural and impacted by human activities, in both tropical and subtropical climate zones, including mangroves, coastal, gulf, estuarine, and open ocean habitats; our location thus provides varied opportunities to study marine biology. Opportunities for collaboration include multiple faculty members in the department with expertise in marine biology, as well as collaborative opportunities with the College of Marine Science at the St. Petersburg campus.  See for information on the Department. Candidates are expected to establish a strong, externally funded research program and to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Minimum qualifications to be considered for this position include a Ph.D. in Marine/Coastal Biology or a related field from an accredited institution, publication in refereed scientific journals, and experience teaching undergraduate students.

Preferred qualifications for this position include post‐doctoral training in a relevant field, procurement of research funding, and demonstration of success with teaching and working with a diverse population of students. 

Salary is negotiable.

To apply, please visit and submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) a statement of current and future research directions up to five pages long, including a strategy for establishing an independent, externally funded research program, (4) a teaching statement up to three pages long, describing teaching experience and approach, and demonstrated success in working with diverse populations of students, (5) up to three pdfs of selected publications, and (6) names and contact information of at least three references. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups in STEM. 

Please submit applications by Dec. 1, 2023, when review of applications will commence. We believe our future success as a department requires that we attract and retain a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. 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.

The University of South Florida, a high-impact research university dedicated to student success and committed to community engagement, generates an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion. With campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF serves approximately 50,000 students who represent nearly 150 different countries.  For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked USF as one of the nation’s top 50 public universities, including USF’s highest ranking ever in 2023 (No. 42). In 2023, USF became the first public university in Florida in nearly 40 years to be invited to join the Association of American Universities, a prestigious group of the leading universities in the United States and Canada. Through hundreds of millions of dollars in research activity each year and as one of top universities in the world for securing new patents, USF is a leader in solving global problems and improving lives. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Learn more at

Conclusion of this search is subject to final budget approval. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.  USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access institution. For disability accommodations, contact Karissa Valine-Plaza at, a minimum of five working days in advance.

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