Assistant Professor - Earth & Ocean Sciences (Off-shore Resources Cluster)

Summary of Position           

The University of North Carolina Wilmington continues to hire faculty for multiple interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission in coastal and marine sciences. The goal of these efforts is to bring together a core group of faculty who work across traditional curricular and research boundaries to strengthen UNCW’s established excellence in coastal and marine sciences. In support of this effort, we seek a faculty member in the area of Marine Geology to begin in August 2019. This hire will join more than 70 current coastal and marine science affiliated faculty at UNCW.


Minimum Requirements     

Specifically, to complete the Coastal Resource and Energy Systems cluster, the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences seeks a tenure-track assistant professor with expertise related to Marine Geology of continental shelves. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Marine Geology or Earth, Ocean, or Marine Sciences. Research interests should include, but are not limited to, stratigraphy and sedimentary processes on the continental shelf. The candidate is expected to utilize cutting-edge technology, collect and interpret data, and possess the ability to incorporate these approaches into course offerings.


Preferred Qualifications     

The successful candidate for this position will: 1) be committed to exceptional teaching at the introductory level (e.g., introduction to geology/oceanography), including oversight of laboratory sections, and the ability to teach upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in their specialty (e.g., seafloor mapping, ocean cruise techniques, geological oceanography); 2) support the established undergraduate and graduate degree programs within the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences; 3) establish and maintain a vigorous, externally-funded research program that engages students; and 4) have the potential to collaborate in research with existing faculty in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, as well as across the coastal and marine sciences at UNCW, and associated governments and agencies.


Primary Function of Organizational Unit

At UNCW, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.


University Information          

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.


EEO Statement          

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applicant Instructions

To apply, please visit A letter of interest, brief statements of teaching and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact information including e-mail addresses for three professional references should be uploaded – not e-mailed, mailed or faxed. Adobe PDF or Word format documents are required. Letters of reference and academic transcripts will be requested of those candidates invited to interview. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2018, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions about the position contact search committee chair Dr. Andrea Hawkes,, (910) 962-2350. For questions regarding the online application system contact Human Resources at UNCW.

Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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