University of Connecticut, Marine Sciences Department

Position ID:uconn-Marine Sciences Department-496966 [#23496, 496966]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Groton, Connecticut 06340, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Marine Sciences
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/10/28, finished 2023/08/12, listed until 2023/02/09)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Marine Sciences seeks to add a full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor to teach and conduct engaged research on the physical and marine geological processes that determine the evolution of coastal geomorphology, and the mechanisms responsible for determining the patterns of sediment transport and fate of contaminated sediments.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the Department’s initiative in Coastal Ecosystems and Health, the engaged scholarship supported by the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), and the Department of Earth Sciences’ initiative on The Earth and its Future. Research themes that advance the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ focus on inequalities, social justice, truth, and belief are encouraged. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core institutional values and guide all Department decisions. Candidates should demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in their research, teaching, and service.

The Department of Marine Sciences ( has 21 tenure-track faculty members, 5 research professors, and an average enrollment of 45 graduate students and 70 undergraduate majors. Opportunities for collaboration exist with the faculty of the Department whose interests span much of ocean sciences. Additional opportunities for collaboration exist with the newly designated Connecticut National Estuarine Research (CT NERR), and the Connecticut Initiative on Environmental Research of Offshore Wind (CIEROW).

The Department and its faculty have state-of-the-art research facilities including the R/V Connecticut, smaller vessels, other field instrumentation systems, access to high-performance computational resources, analytical instrumentation facilities, and research laboratories that support research excellence. The Department is located at the Avery Point campus, situated on the coast in southeastern Connecticut. Consequently, the programs offer the intimacy and support of a small campus, coupled with the resources of a large public research university and internationally renowned scientists.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

As a Land and Sea Grant University, UConn has deep roots in the state’s economy. The Avery Point regional campus was established in 1967 and houses the Department of Marine Sciences in Groton, Connecticut. The regional setting inspires students with specialized programs that take advantage of the waterfront location and delivers an exceptional education in more traditional areas of study.


The successful candidate is expected to grow an independent, nationally-recognized, extramurally-funded research program that engages graduate and undergraduate students, and a scholarly publication record that contributes to the Department’s research mission in Marine Sciences. Teaching duties include existing Marine Sciences courses that support the undergraduate and graduate curricula, as well as specialized courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Professional service to the Department, University, and the scientific community is expected.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in oceanography or a related field.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Evidence of excellence in research and publication commensurate with time since Ph.D.
  • Research skills and experience appropriate to the advertised position.
  • Deep commitment to promoting diversity through pedagogy, research, and/or public engagement.


  • Post-doctoral experience.
  • Evidence of potential to generate and grow an externally funded innovative research program.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching, training, and mentoring a diverse student population.
  • Demonstrable ability to contribute to Department and College strategic priorities through engaged research and public engagement.
  • Ability to engage productively and collegially with faculty across disciplines.


This is a full-time (9-month appointment) tenure-track position within the Department of Marine Sciences with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023. The successful candidate’s office and research space will be at the Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Teaching statement (2 pages maximum): Include teaching philosophy, experience, approaches to effective learning, and interests in teaching particular courses, as well as mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students);
  • Research and scholarship statement (3 pages maximum): Include research accomplishments, short-term (next 5 years) and long-term plans, and experience in grant proposal development. This statement should describe the big picture implications of your research, how your program may move your field forward, and the innovative concepts that will form the basis of your academic career);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (2 pages maximum): Describe your overarching philosophy as well as planned activities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and meet the needs of diverse learning styles at UConn. This statement might also include activities you have engaged in to enhance diversity and broaden participation in science (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, ability) through service, instruction, or research);
  • Names and contact information for 3 letters of reference. The search committee will request letters directly from these contacts after the first-round review of applications.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 9, 2023. 

Applicants should add the email address as a safe sender. For more information regarding the Department of Marine Sciences please visit our website at

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This job will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340