Two Faculty Vacancies (Assistant or Associate Professor) in Biological Oceanography

The University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and the Department of Marine Sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for two nine-month, tenure-track faculty positions resident at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, GA. Successful candidates will be interdisciplinary, self-motivated, and eager to pursue innovative research and education in a supportive academic environment. We seek biological oceanographers who excel in addressing interdisciplinary and large-scale questions, especially in the context of climate change and other anthropogenic influences. Candidates with  expertise in marine phytoplankton, protists and viruses, symbiosis ecology, or the role of biota in biogeochemical cycles, and with sea-going experience, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The appointment is expected to be made at the Assistant Professor level, but consideration will be given to exceptional applicants seeking appointment at the Associate Professor level. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Oceanography (or a related area) and at least 1 year of postdoctoral experience for consideration. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level will show the potential to develop and maintain an active, externally funded research program. Applicants at the Associate Professor level must demonstrate the ability to attract sufficient extramural funding to support a sustainable research program, and an emerging national reputation in their field. The successful applicants will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, including advanced courses in their area of specialization.

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography is in close proximity to a variety of marine environments, operates and is home port to the UNOLS-affiliated R/V Savannah, and has access to the resources and academic opportunities available at UGA, Georgia’s flagship university. Successful candidates will enhance existing programs within the Department of Marine Sciences at Skidaway ( and in Athens ( Interactions with other UGA departments and with institutions throughout the University System of Georgia are supported and encouraged. The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the University of  Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and to sustaining an inclusive learning environment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, contact information for three references, curriculum vitae, research statement (no more than 3 pages), and teaching philosophy at These positions will be available for a start date of August 2020. The committee will review applications starting on Nov. 15, 2019, continuing until the positions are filled. Inquiries about the positions and application process should be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Cliff Buck, ( Successful applicants will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia.

The University of Georgia, with over 35,000 students and 2,900 faculty members, is one of the four major educational institutions of the University System of  Georgia and offers doctoral degrees in most fields. In addition to its home campus, The University of Georgia maintains and is expanding its list of study-abroad programs around the world. Georgia is well known for its quality of life in regard to both outdoor and urban activities (

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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