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Tenure-Track Physical Oceanographer

University of South Florida
Temple Terrace, FL
Closing date
Nov 23, 2023

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Job Title: Tenure-Track Physical Oceanographer
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 34284
Posting Details
Department: College of Marine Science / 0-2500-000

College/Division: Academic Affairs

Salary Plan: Faculty

Salary Range: Negotiable
The College of Marine Science (CMS) at the University of South Florida (USF) invites applications for two nine-month tenure-track faculty appointments in Physical Oceanography. Appointments will be at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level, with rank dependent on qualifications and experience. We are searching for two Physical Oceanographers who will contribute to an understanding of the ocean/atmosphere system, past, present, and future, from fundamental disciplinary topics to global scale processes including climate, through interactions with multi-disciplinary marine science faculty and programs. Qualified candidates will employ modern tools of multi-disciplinary science to understand regional and global issues critical to the ocean system. We seek high quality candidates in all aspects of physical oceanography. Candidates will be selected based on their potential to conduct transformative research, productivity with respect to peer reviewed publications, acquisition of external research funding, potential for outstanding mentoring and teaching, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful candidates would be expected to contribute to core graduate courses in oceanography and teach specialty courses at the graduate level.Minimum Requirements: Must have a PhD in a relevant scientific discipline at the time of hire and research experience in Physical Oceanography. Preferred qualifications: We are seeking innovative and interdisciplinary scholars with a demonstrated record of high-impact research, a history of, or desire for, interaction with colleagues across a broad suite of disciplines within the academy, professional community, civil society and government sectors, and a commitment to student success. Literacy in issues of recruiting and supporting underrepresented students, staff, and colleagues will be important for our consideration of applicants.For the Assistant Professor rank, candidates should have a record of scholarly products and demonstrate potential for a career of creative work and scholarly publication, demonstrate potential for acquisition of extramural research funding, exhibit a commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate students, and demonstrate commitment to high ethics and service to the public and their professional community. For the Associate Professor / Professor rank, candidates should have an outstanding record of research, including substantive publication and other record of scholarly achievement, evidence of success in obtaining extramural research funding, commitment to exemplary instruction and mentoring of graduate students, and demonstrate a culture of high ethics and service to the public and their professional community.
Contact: For information regarding the available position, please contact Dr. Don Chambers (Chair),, or Tim Trowbridge, (727-553-3375).
USF St. Petersburg
Information for Applicants

These positions will be open until filled; however, priority review of applications will begin by August 11, 2023.

This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 34284

Posting Date: 06/02/2023

Posting End Date: 12/02/2023

How To Apply

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Apply online by completing the required information and attaching the following documents:
  1. A cover letter highlighting your motivation for applying to this position (one page maximum)
  2. A research statement that describes the focus and impact of your current and planned future research (three page maximum)
  3. A statement of your teaching and student mentoring philosophies, and goals at USF CMS (two page maximum)
  4. A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement (two page maximum)
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Contact information for three references

ALL REQUESTED APPLICATION MATERIALS, MUST BE IN ONE PDF ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

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About CMS

The College of Marine Science has 30 ranked faculty covering biological, chemical, geological, and physical aspects of marine science and resource assessment, ~100 graduate students, ~$15 million in annual research, a total endowment of ~$18 million, and ~80 full-time support personnel. The CMS hosts a range of state-of-the-art instrumentation and facilities and is strategically located on USF's waterfront campus in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is home to many State and Federal research and operational agencies including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Institute of Oceanography, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office, and the USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center. Together, these comprise one of the largest marine-science research complexes in the US. Additional information is available at and

About USF

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located adjacent to beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida's spectacular west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and is ranked 28th among the top public universities for total research expenditures by the National Science Foundation. In 2023, USF was invited to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), a prestigious group of leading universities in the United States and Canada. The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity category, a distinction attained by only 2.5 percent of all universities. USF is the fastest-rising university in America, according to U.S. News and World Report's (U.S. News) 2023 Best Colleges rankings. At the heart of USF is a vibrant, diverse, and engaged student body. More than 50,000 students are enrolled in the USF System, which includes three distinct campuses -USF St. Petersburg, USF Tampa, and USF Sarasota-Manatee - with an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion.

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