Faculty Recruitment

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the University of Miami is hiring five tenure-track faculty members. Following a significant reinvestment in its infrastructure and its administrative reorganization into five academic departments, RSMAS is aggressively moving forward with an energetic strategic plan that includes 16 new faculty hires in the next five years. All positions are typical, 9-month appointments.

The RSMAS main campus is located on Virginia Key, a unique community of marine research and educational institutions in Miami, Florida. Approximately $250M per year is invested in marine science and education on Virginia Key among RSMAS, the NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, the Miami Seaquarium and the Maritime and Science Technology Academy (MAST).

An on-campus dock with complete marine and scuba-diving facilities provides access to the RV Walton Smith, RSMAS’ 96-foot research catamaran and multiple small boats. RSMAS administers the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) and Broad Key, a 63-acre island that was recently acquired as a Marine Research and Education Station.

RSMAS recently inaugurated a new 85,000 sf Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex that includes a one-of-a-kind Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction (SUSTAIN) Facility capable of simulating 3D wind-wave flow and surge produced by category 5 hurricane force winds in complex coastal topography. The Life Science Building hosts state-of-the-art biological and chemical labs for seawater research. Preparation is currently being made for the construction of a modern scientific research dive training facility, scheduled to be completed by summer 2016.

Extensive investment has also been made throughout the campus to modernize all facilities and to purchase cutting edge scientific equipment. Among others, the School recently acquired a helicopter that is being transformed into a one-of-a-kind observation platform.

Currently, RSMAS offers undergraduate degrees in Marine Sciences, Atmospheric Science, and Marine Affairs, and is anticipating offering a degree in Geology. It also offers graduate programs (including PhD, MS and professional masters) in various fields of research.

RSMAS recently reorganized to five departments: (1) Ocean Sciences; (2) Marine Geosciences; (3) Marine Biology and Ecology; (4) Atmospheric Sciences; and (5) Marine Ecosystems and Society. As part of this first wave of recruitment, we seek dynamic individuals who will establish internationally recognized, extramurally funded, research programs while contributing to the teaching and service missions of RSMAS. We anticipate the new hires to exploit and benefit from the modern and exciting infrastructure; our target is to recruit one faculty per department. Details about the position is listed below.

Marine Ecosystems and Society

The Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society (MES) at UM’s RSMAS is recruiting a tenure track or tenured faculty member in Environmental and Resource Economics. The position is open to any rank and the salary is competitive and commensurate with rank/experience.

This position is an extraordinary opportunity. RSMAS is one of the world’s premier tropical marine and atmospheric research institutions and is focused on improving prediction and management of Earth’s coupled physical, biological and human systems and responses to environmental changes. The MES Department vision is to foster innovative multidisciplinary research and education centered on the conservation and sustainability of marine ecosystems and the services they provide to society. RSMAS recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation of its facilities on Virginia Key.

The individual will have expertise in quantitative research at the interface between natural and social sciences, in particular, someone who employs modern business, economic, finance and/or management science methods to inform policy-oriented research and decision-making. The individual will complement existing MES academic faculty strengths in quantitative resource management theory and methods to assess marine fisheries and ecosystem risks from exploitation and environmental changes. We also encourage applications by innovative scholars who may not have worked explicitly on marine ecosystems, but can apply their skills to this topic and other active RSMAS research areas, including natural hazards, climate and water resource management.

We seek outstanding candidates with high scholarly productivity, ability to secure extramural funds, and excellent teaching and communication skills. They will be expected to enhance the School’s undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. programs, and will build linkages with other parts of the University including, but not limited to, the Institute of Theoretical and Mathematical Ecology, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, and School of Business Administration.

Applications should include a statement of research interests, research sample, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for five references. Candidates may submit their application or a request for more information to: MESSearch@rsmas.miami.edu. We anticipate conducting interviews for the position in early 2017.

MGS Seeks an Environmental Geoscientist

The Department of Marine Geosciences (MGS) at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), University of Miami (UM), seeks outstanding candidates for tenure track positions at either the assistant or associate professor level. We are seeking to hire into two areas, as follows.

First, geodesy, geodynamics and geophysics. We are interested in candidates accomplished (1) in measuring or modelling of sea level changes, a field of direct relevance to Miami, or (2) in the wide field of active geological processes and hazards. Teaching ability in numerical modelling methods, hydrogeology, petrology or structural geology will be viewed favorably. The successful candidate is encouraged to interact with the Geodesy and Seismology group and/or the Center of Computational Sciences. We encourage applications from candidates using NASA’s forthcoming Earth Observation missions (including cryosphere).

For the second position we seek a candidate researching the geological evolution of the global carbon cycle and past climate. Central to this discipline is analysis of the interaction between the carbon cycle and other critical elemental systems, such as sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen, and key nutrients. Teaching ability in the themes of Earth materials, environmental geochemistry, and geobiology will be viewed favorably. The University of Miami offers a unique tropical location and the opportunity to integrate biological and physical oceanographic expertise into process-oriented geological research through collaboration with faculty in the Departments of Marine Biology and Ecology and Ocean Sciences. The successful candidate is encouraged to interact with current faculty in the Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory, a center with a long tradition of excellence in research and training in carbonate sedimentology which hosts a vibrant student population.

Candidates for these positions will be expected to develop vigorous, externally funded research programs, supervise students, and participate in the teaching mission of the Department and the School at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Questions should be directed to Sam Purkis, Chair of the Department of Marine Geosciences (spurkis@rsmas.miami.edu) and applications should be made to the Chair of the Search Committee, Guoqing Lin (glin@rsmas.miami.edu).

Applications will only be accepted electronically. The positions will remain open until filled.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Females, Minorities, Veterans and those with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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