Assistant or Associate Professor, Quantitative Coastal Ecology

East Carolina University
Wanchese, North Carolina
October 10 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Vacancy #: 600012
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview
East Carolina University (, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and enrolls close to 29,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 90,000), which lies ~80 miles east of Raleigh and a short distance to the Atlantic coast.

The Department of Biology (, part of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, is a broad department that emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the life sciences. We offer undergraduate majors in Biology and Biochemistry and graduate opportunities at both the MS and PhD levels. This position will be located at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), on Roanoke Island in Wanchese, NC (, on North Carolina's Outer Banks. CSI is an interdisciplinary coastal field laboratory with active research, education, and outreach programs. It is currently undergoing significant growth.

Job Duties
This tenure-track/tenured position will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level depending upon qualifications. We seek an individual with expertise in Quantitative Coastal Ecology to begin August 12, 2019. Our ideal candidate has a background in ecological modeling and conducts research that integrates across multiple disciplines in order to improve understanding of coupled human-natural systems. The successful candidate will be expected to lead a vigorous, externally funded research program; mentor graduate students; engage in university, community, and professional service; and teach at the graduate and possibly undergraduate levels. This position is part of ECU's Marine and Coastal Systems research cluster, one of eight new pan-university clusters focused on expanding research and engagement.

Department of Biology resources include expertly staffed core facilities for molecular, genetic, genomic, and water chemistry analyses, a high-performance computing cluster, a greenhouse, a microscopy and imaging facility and multiple boats equipped for coastal research. Extensive opportunities for research collaboration exist within the Department, within CSI, and across the university, including with faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Health and Human Performance, and the Brody School of Medicine. Nearby marine stations and State and Federal laboratories also provide opportunities for collaboration.

The Department of Biology is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The department seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administration, and works to increase access to higher education for groups underrepresented in the sciences by building a community that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for diversity.

Minimum Education/Experience
A Ph.D. in Biology or a closely related field (e.g., environmental science, marine science) with training in modeling, and a scholarly record of achievements appropriate to appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Current external research funding is required for appointment at the Associate level; a research program with clear promise of significant external funding is required for appointment at the Assistant level. Qualifying degrees must be received by time of hiring from accredited institutions.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Experience is desired in interdisciplinary research and in modeling interactions between coastal and human systems.

Special Instructions to Applicant
Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three current references, and a statement of research interests online at using the position number 600012 – Tenure Track/Tenured Faculty in Quantitative Coastal Ecology. The cover letter and/or research statement should include examples of past and potential contributions to diversity through research, graduate student training and/or teaching, including how your personal experiences and professional plans support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We will ask top candidates to have three reference letters sent to the Search Committee Chair via email within 7 days of notification. Official transcripts and original hard-copy reference letters are required upon employment.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Enrique Reyes (, Search Committee Chair, or Jennifer B. Jacobs (, Lead Administrative Associate. Review of applications begins on November 3, 2018.

Inquiries regarding the University's policies and goals regarding diversity may be directed to: Office for Equity and Diversity (

Additional Instructions to Applicants
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 600012 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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