Physical Oceanographer Assistant/Associate Professor

University Of Georgia
Bogart, GA
Closing date
Dec 6, 2023

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Posting Number F1773P

Working Title Physical Oceanographer Assistant/Associate Professor

Department VPR-Skidaway Inst Oceanography

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The University of Georgia's Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is a multidisciplinary research institution located on a 700-acre campus on Skidaway Island. The Institute's primary goals are to further understanding of marine and environmental sciences, conduct leading edge research on marine and coastal systems, and train tomorrow's scientists. Our campus is also a host to Georgia Southern University's Applied Coastal Research Lab, NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, The University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium, and The Nature Conservancy. Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is also home to the R/V Savannah. The R/V Savannah is operated by the Institute and is a member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.

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.

College/Unit/Department website

Posting Type External

Retirement Plan TRS or ORP

Employment Type Employee

Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible


Advertised Salary Commensurate with Experience

Anticipated Start Date 08/01/2024

Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)

Job Posting Date 09/27/2023

Job Closing Date

Open until filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants

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. Review of applications begins on November 21, 2023 and will continue 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.

Location of Vacancy Savannah Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia 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 (

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title Open Rank


Faculty Rank Open Rank (Tenure Track)

Contract Type Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent in Oceanography (or a related area)

Position Summary

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.

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 expect the successful candidate to be self-motivated, and interested in pursuing innovative research and education in a highly supportive academic environment.

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.

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.

Additional Requirements
  • 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.
  • 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).

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Candidates with records that provide evidence of scholarship, synergistic activities, and the potential to obtain extramural funding are preferred.

Physical Demands

Is this a Position of Trust? No

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No

Does this position require a P-Card? No

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No

Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes

Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References with Contact Information
  4. Teaching Portfolio/Philosophy
  5. Research Portfolio/Philosophy
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