Assistant Professor, Biophysical Oceanography

  • University of Tampa
  • Tampa, FL, USA
  • Sep 14, 2023
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description


Assistant Professor, Biophysical Oceanography


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Position Details

The Department of Biology in the College of Natural and Health Sciences at The University of Tampa invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in August 2024.

Position Description: We seek a colleague with expertise in biophysical oceanography to support the mentoring and teaching of students in the lab and in existing courses in physical oceanography as well as our introductory marine science courses. Preference will be for a candidate capable of developing an additional upper-level course in oceanography or marine sciences.

Teaching: The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching, a critical component of our teaching-centered, primarily undergraduate institution. Applicants should be eager to create engaging, inclusive learning environments for our diverse student body that emphasize shared learning objectives across a range of subject areas within the marine sciences. Students majoring in the department choose from among a BS or BA in Biology or a major in Marine Science-Biology, along with minors populated by students from across the university. The required teaching load is 12 contact hours per semester with full-credit for time spent in laboratory sections. Tenure-track professors in the Department typically offer courses at the undergraduate upper-level as well as introductory or general education courses each year.

Scholarly Activities: Our most successful colleagues establish an active research program that leads to peer-reviewed publications in respected journals appropriate to their discipline. As a primarily undergraduate teaching institution, we strive to maintain realistic research expectations and value quality over quantity in scholarly output. Start-up funds and research spaces are available but are limited compared to research-intensive institutions. As one of the largest departments in the University, ample opportunities exist for collaboration within the department, and our faculty are routinely successful at securing internal grant funds to support their research. Research plans should be appropriate for the institutional resources and in the context of other employment expectations. Successful colleagues engage undergraduate students in rich scholarly activities as a means of providing greater depth and opportunity to the educational experience at the university. Assistance is available to identify external grant sources, grant writing, and additional sources of funding for equipment that cannot be purchased with start-up funds.

Service and Student Involvement: We expect our colleagues to fully engage with the institution by providing and/or developing expertise that serves the broader needs of the institution as a requirement for earning tenure and promotion. Community and professional service are also valued contributions, particularly where relevant to the discipline. Successful colleagues engage undergraduate students in rich scholarly activities as a means of providing greater depth and opportunity to the educational experience at the university. Faculty members also advise students each semester, providing important guidance for enrollment as well as career advice.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Qualifications: PhD preferred (advanced ABD candidates considered), prior teaching and research experience with undergraduates is desirable/expected in candidates whose experiences have allowed for these opportunities.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin immediately with a final deadline of October 15th, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

Required Attachments

All required documents listed below should be uploaded to the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page of the application before continuing through the application.

1. Cover Letter

2. Curriculum Vitae

Applicants chosen for preliminary interviews (via Zoom) will be asked to provide statements of Teaching Philosophy and Research Plans, and to upload a recorded teaching demonstration. Candidates chosen for on-campus interviews will be asked to provide three letters of reference, including contact information for references, as well as unofficial transcripts from their graduate institution(s).

Additional Information

The University of Tampa is a medium-sized, comprehensive, residentially-based private institution of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University is ideally situated on a beautiful 110-acre campus next to the Hillsborough River, adjacent to Tampa's dynamic central business district, which is a growing, vibrant, diverse metropolitan area. UT reflects this vibrancy; with 24 consecutive years of enrollment growth UT boasts 260 student organizations, a multicultural student body from 50 states and more than 100 countries, and "Top Tier" ranking in U.S. News and World Report.

The University delivers challenging and high-quality educational experiences to a diverse group of learners. The University has a strong core curriculum rooted in the liberal arts, an enduring commitment to internationalization that has garnered the Senator Paul Simon Award, and a practical, experiential approach to learning. The University offers more than 200 areas of study, including majors in our colleges of Arts and Letters, Business, Natural and Health Sciences and Social Sciences, Math and Education and 14 master's programs.

The College of Natural and Health Sciences offers rigorous, high quality curricula in biology, marine science, environmental science, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, forensic science, exercise science, public health, allied health, sport management and nursing; all designed to prepare students for challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Our faculty are excellent teachers, both in the classroom and working with students on an individual basis. UT has invested heavily in the development of our college's teaching and research facilities and laboratories. Our college continually fosters relationships with organizations in the greater Tampa Bay area and elsewhere to provide students with the opportunity to pursue an internship, volunteer, or interact with professionals working in their chosen field. Each department also offers study abroad courses that students can take for credit toward their degree. For more information, see:

The University of Tampa is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other non-job related criteria. The University of Tampa recognizes the importance of a multicultural community of students, faculty, and staff who seek to advance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University invites applications from underrepresented groups and those who have academic experiences with diverse populations.

Submission Guidelines

To receive full consideration for a faculty appointment with The University of Tampa, please be sure to submit/upload documents as required for this position at time of application submission. Required documents should be submitted in the attachment box at the bottom of the "My Experience" page of the application before continuing through the application.

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Background Check Requirements

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