Assistant/Associate Professor - Phytoplankton Ecology

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Gloucester Point, Virginia
November 27 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Phytoplankton Ecology Assistant/Associate Professor


The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)/School of Marine Science of the College of William & Mary invites applications for a full-time tenure-eligible Assistant/Associate Professor. The position will begin in Fall 2019.


Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) or an equivalent degree in marine science, biological oceanography, biology, ecology, or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests complement those of existing VIMS faculty and the institute's mission. Individual interests could span from local to global scales and across multiple levels of biological organization (population, community, ecosystem), with approaches ranging from laboratory to field-based studies. Areas of expertise could include but are not limited to nutrient controls on primary production, biogeochemistry, physiological ecology, molecular ecology, trophic interactions, diversity and assemblage structure, remote sensing, and responses to environmental stresses in the context of climate or other environmental change. Candidates must have a strong scholarship record commensurate with experience, demonstrated potential to establish an active research program, demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, and strong communication skills. We are seeking candidates who share VIMS' commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence.


Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop and maintain an active externally well-funded research program, teach core and advanced courses, advise students (primarily at the graduate level), participate in university and VIMS/SMS governance, and provide advisory service on related resource management issues to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Candidates who are prepared to engage in cross-disciplinary research consistent with the VIMS mission will be especially welcome.


About the Virginia Institute of Marine Science: Chartered in 1940, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States. VIMS has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. The School of Marine Science at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary. VIMS currently employs 52 full-time faculty members and 256 staff, and has 80 graduate students in master's and doctoral programs. There are four academic departments at VIMS: Aquatic Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Fisheries Science, and Physical Sciences. Our new 93-ft. research vessel Virginia is one of many resources available for use.

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Application materials for the position should include: 1) a cover letter describing professional education, experience, and suitability for the position; 2) a full curriculum vitae; 3) a statement on research interests and teaching philosophy and how the applicant's background, experience and vision fit in an institution that is fully committed to diversity and inclusion (3 pages maximum), and 4) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.


Application materials should be addressed to: Search Committee Chair, Phytoplankton Ecologist, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at Application materials are due January 14, 2019 for full consideration. Applications received after that due date will be considered if needed.


William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.

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