Assistant Professor in Benthic Ecology or Biogeochemical Modeling, University of Connecticut

Application deadline: 17 February 2017!

The Department of Marine Sciences (DMS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) anticipates an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Benthic Ecology or Biogeochemical Modeling starting in Fall 2017.

Benthic Ecology:  We seek candidates whose research employs a combination of theoretical, empirical, and field approaches. All areas of marine benthic ecology will be considered, but candidates whose research involves the interactions of anthropogenic and natural factors on benthic processes, adaptations of benthic populations to changing environments, and novel technical or methodological approaches (e.g., ecosystem modeling, statistical modeling, meta-analyses, and molecular analyses) will be given priority.

Biogeochemical Modeling:  We seek candidates whose research interests include cycling of important elements in biogeochemical cycles in the ocean, the influence of anthropogenic factors on these cycles, and the interaction of these cycles with ecosystem dynamics, and climate. Areas of expertise can span from human to geological time scales and from estuarine to global spatial scales. We seek applicants that can 1) construct new models or advance existing models and 2) can place field-based measurements into a quantitative, process-based framework.

The successful candidate’s research should complement the existing research programs in DMS. Opportunities exist for collaboration within the interdisciplinary environment of DMS, as well as with colleagues in other departments at UConn. Teaching duties include undergraduate and graduate courses that support the DMS curriculum, as well as specialized courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Advising undergraduate and graduate students is required. Professional service to the Department, the University, and the scientific community is expected.

Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; and develop, as appropriate, pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree at time of application and postdoctoral experience at time of appointment in area relevant to either of the advertised positions (e.g., oceanography, marine sciences, biogeosciences, marine ecology and evolution). Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • Evidence, commensurate with length of time after the Ph.D. degree, of strong research and publication records.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstration, through publication and research records, of the applicant’s ability to contribute to the advertised position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of capability to generate and grow an innovative research program.
  • Strong commitment to excellence in teaching, training, and mentoring of students from all backgrounds including under-represented groups.

Appointment Terms

This is a full time, nine-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with an expected start date of August 23, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is located at the Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT.  Faculty may also be asked to teach at UConn’s main campus at Storrs, CT as part of their ordinary workload.


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