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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Physical Oceanography

Position overview

Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 1 for the salary range. A reasonable estimate for this position is $78,700 - $130,000. “Offscale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide minimum salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: October 20, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Physical Oceanography. We encourage applications from candidates with a broad range of interests and expertise, from regional to global-scale physical oceanography, and using a variety of approaches from numerical modeling to in situ or remote observation. We are especially interested in candidates who complement existing research in coastal processes, ocean modeling, climate processes, and remote and autonomous observing platforms. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of research productivity commensurate with their experience, interest and experience in interdisciplinary work, and a strong vision for research and teaching in physical oceanography and related fields.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an actively funded research program of the highest quality, contribute to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, recruit and mentor graduate students, and participate in university service and professional activities. The ideal candidate will be able to interface with a diverse and interdisciplinary group of colleagues within the Department of Geography, with expertise in marine science and ecology, climate and atmospheric sciences, Earth surface processes, remote sensing, GIScience, transportation geography, urban and economic geography, cognitive science, and human-environment interactions. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to teaching and mentoring in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science (IGPMS), and participate in ongoing research programs across campus, including the Santa Barbara Coastal and Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research projects. Candidates that can leverage synergies across the wide range of marine and Earth science-related research units at UCSB are especially welcome.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are among the university’s core values, and we welcome ambitious and creative colleagues who will contribute to that aspect of the university’s mission.

In 2023-24, a wide array of UC Santa Barbara departments are partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to launch a special faculty recruitment initiative named after Benjamin Banneker, the 18th-century African American mathematician, astronomer, anti-racist, engineer, ecologist, and peace advocate. Funded by an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, with the goal of diversifying faculty, research, and curriculum, the Banneker Initiative aims to recruit scholars, scientists, and engineers whose disciplinary and interdisciplinary work would take place within the community of interests exemplified by Banneker’s intellectual, ethical, and social commitments as an African American scientist. Applicants may be eligible to be fellows in the Benjamin Banneker Initiative. The community of Banneker Fellows will receive funding for cohort building and professional development activities, including enrollment in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program, proposal writing training, and seed grants.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● Candidate will need to be all but dissertation, ABD, at point of application in Physical Oceanography, or a related field.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

● A Ph.D conferred in Physical Oceanography, or a related field, is required by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

● Broadly trained with interdisciplinary experience and a commitment to disciplines directly relevant to Physical Oceanography.
● Potential to complement existing research strengths in Geography and other Earth and marine science programs at UCSB
● Prior record of research, teaching, and/or professional activity and service in Physical Oceanography and/or related fields
● Evidence of and/or demonstrated commitment to past and ongoing contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching/mentoring, professional activity, and/or service

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - To facilitate unbiased review of applications, on a single page with reasonable formatting, please concisely introduce us to your research and highlight your unique qualifications.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Please submit a complete CV including full publication, funding, teaching and mentorship, and service and professional engagement records.

  • Statement of Research - Describe research experience and interests, your current research focus, highlighting major contributions to the field thus far as well as areas to be investigated in future work. This statement may also include information about the candidate’s possible areas of collaboration within the department or campus, and the potential for sustained impact of the research. (2 pages max)

  • Statement of Teaching - Please provide a statement that includes teaching and mentorship experiences to date, a brief summary of your teaching and mentoring philosophy, a list of courses taught, and a description of what topics or courses that you would be interested in teaching. (2 pages max)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please describe how your scholarship, teaching and mentoring, and/or service and engagement contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this statement, describe any steps you have taken (or are planning to take) to foster an inclusive intellectual environment in your research lab, in the classroom, in professional environments, and/or in your field more generally. (2 pages max)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

Names and contact information for 3 - 4 references will be provided by each applicant. Letters from those
references will be requested for only those applicants selected for serious consideration.

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Job location

Santa Barbara, CA