Chair, Departmemt of Marine Biology & Ecology

Miami, Florida
September 27 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

University of Miami – Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Chair of the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology

The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science seeks an outstanding candidate to be appointed as Chair of the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology (MBE). Preference is given for candidates at the rank of Full Professor but exceptional applicants at the Associate Professor level will also be considered. The new Chair is expected to have a vigorous program of externally-funded research, a strong commitment to and a track-record of engagement in graduate and undergraduate education, as well as qualities, such as exceptional communication and decision-making skills, initiative, open-mindedness, and empathy, that would demonstrate their capacity to lead a diverse department that has extensive research and educational goals. 

MBE currently consists of 15 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 2 research faculty and 2 lecturers that are dedicated to furthering the understanding of marine organisms and their interrelationships with their biotic and physical environments, with an emphasis in tropical marine biology and marine biomedicine. Their study organisms range from those inhabiting benthic, coastal environments to oceanic environments, from microbes and seagrass to corals and top predators, with research interests including physiology, genetics, genomics, ecology, evolution, behavior, population dynamics, connectivity, toxicology, conservation science, and fundamental research leading to medical discovery and human health. MBE faculty have also developed and are fully devoted to the success of their Marine Biology and Ecology Undergraduate Program and their current graduate program.  MBE faculty advise and support the research of diverse B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students in their labs and also participate in the interdepartmental Master of Professional Science program and undergraduate teaching in other departments.  Details of MBE can be found at  

The Rosenstiel School seeks to improve understanding and prediction of the Earth’s atmospheric, oceanic, biological and geological systems, and their interface with society, to provide a sound basis for managing natural resources and building resilient communities.The Rosenstiel School has a long history of international leadership in marine biology and ecology, and has state-of-the-art research infrastructure that includes: a fleet of small boats, the Broad Key field station and a coastal/local class research vessel.  On campus, faculty and students have access to the Marine Technology & Life Sciences Complex, the Experimental Hatchery and the Aplysia Facility which make it possible to conduct research on a wide range of organisms under controlled conditions and study their behavior and physiological responses to short and long-term biological, chemical, physical and climate manipulations. The University maintains a state-of-the-art high performance computing center ( which includes a 10,000 core computational platform, data support and visualization services and support programs in biological science, data science, visualization and software engineering. The Rosenstiel School is adjacent to the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory and the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center – Miami Lab offering many collaborative opportunities, including through the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS:

The Rosenstiel School is located on Virginia Key and is about 10 miles from the main University of Miami campus in Coral Gables. Miami is the largest metro area of Florida and the seventh in the United States. Nicknamed as the “Capital of Latin America”, it is a hub for international trade and tourism and has a flourishing biomedical and biotechnological industry. Miami’s cosmopolitanism brings to the city influences from all around the globe and particularly from the Americas, providing the city with a rich and diverse cultural life and wonderful gastronomy. Despite being one of the largest urban areas in the world the privileged location of Miami, between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay, and its proximity to the Florida Keys makes the city a perfect place for those that enjoy nature and the outdoors.

A cover letter, CV, names and addresses of three references, a sample of scholarly writing, and three separate concise statements of: (i) leadership experience, (ii) vision for the MBE research program and (iii) education plans should be submitted on our career website -, Requisition # R100034166.   All questions can be submitted via email to:  The position will remain open until filled, although the Search Committee will begin its deliberations on November 1, 2019.

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Emplo