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Assistant Professor of Ocean Sciences (Tenure Track)

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
Negotiable and commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 17, 2024

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Interdisciplinary/Other, Ocean Science
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The Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU) seeks candidates with research interests in Computational Ocean Sciences for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an expected start date of Fall 2024. Research interests can include any of the following: climate and ocean data analysis, physical-biological interactions, biogeochemistry, and sea-level rise.

The successful candidate will have expertise in using data science and machine learning to study ocean processes and may utilize the University high performance computing environment. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent and externally funded research program, contribute to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, mentor students, and contribute to ODU’s interdisciplinary research activities focused on environmental data science and resilience.

The Department has 21 faculty members with strengths in physical, geological, chemical, and biological oceanography and coastal geosciences. ODU is a metropolitan, R1 research public institution with an enrollment of 24,000+ students, including approximately 6,000 graduate students, and a full-time equivalent faculty of over 850, of which 40% are women. The University’s primary campus is located in Norfolk, one of seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Additional information may be found at:

ODU and the College of Sciences are 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A Ph.D. degree in Ocean or Earth Sciences or a related discipline.
  2. Postdoctoral experience.
  3. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted to and include:

  1. A cover letter describing the individual’s qualifications for the position;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy;
  4. A statement of research interests;
  5. Unofficial graduate transcripts; and
  6. The names with contact information for three references (if your application progresses in the search, the application site will request letters of recommendation from these individuals).

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2024, and the position will remain open until it is filled. All materials will be held in confidence.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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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