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Ocean Sciences, Two positions at Assistant or Associate Professor (Initial Review 11.30.22)

Job Description


Position overview
Position title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Ocean Sciences
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023. Degree requirements must be met by July 1, 2023, for employment effective July 1, 2023.
Review timeline: An initial ranking of candidates will be done through a holistic review of the application package for each candidate. A selected group (~8-12) will then be invited for a zoom/online interview during which each candidate will be sent a number of questions ahead of time and asked these in a formal setting in a prescribed period of time (e.g., 30 minutes). Candidates will then be ranked, and the search committee will choose candidates for in-person interviews, seminars, and meetings with faculty and students.

Application Window

Open date: September 30, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Position description

The Ocean Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for two positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure-track) level. We encourage applications from scientists working in the subdiscipline of biological oceanography with an emphasis on ocean microbiomes (first position) and marine ecology and food webs at intermediate trophic levels (second position), with a preference in both positions for a research program that emphasizes observational oceanography. We seek scholars seriously committed to applying inclusive undergraduate and graduate mentoring practices, and to applying inclusive teaching practices of undergraduate and graduate level courses in oceanography and in specialty courses in their field of expertise. The successful candidates will have considerable breadth in Biological Oceanography. We encourage applications from candidates who incorporate environmental justice in their research, teaching, and/or community engagement and professional activities. We also seek evidence of an ability to mentor students and postdoctoral associates and to contribute broadly to the university and the profession.

The preferred candidates will be expected to develop and maintain vigorous research programs that complement existing departmental strengths in biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography. For the first position, preferred areas of interest include leading-edge research in the broad field of ‘omics (genomic, transcriptomic, metabolomic, proteomic) to understand fundamental and/or applied biological or biogeochemical processes in marine systems. For the second position, preferred areas of interest include trophic ecology of organisms from planktonic (protist) to mid-level (e.g., forage fish) predators, including the distribution, population dynamics, and adaptive capacity of organisms and ecosystems to provide mechanistic insights for how the oceanic biosphere changes in response to, for example, deoxygenation, acidification, marine heatwaves, and human exploitation. Both positions will have the opportunity to shape the direction of the newly established Coastal Resilience Initiative at UC Santa Cruz, that aims to build resilience and sustainability in the face of growing coastal hazards.

UC Santa Cruz is distinguished by our high-impact research and our commitment to diversity, social justice, the environment, and educational opportunity. We recognize the inherent link between diversity, innovation, and excellence in all aspects of the academic enterprise. Our innovative approach to research and experiential education provides a transformative student experience. The campus is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. It enrolls over 18,000 students, many from historically underserved communities; 34% are first-generation and 40% are Pell recipients. We welcome candidates that demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, community engagement and/or service and that have experience in creating an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. We welcome candidates with demonstrable, or a strong potential to develop, leadership skills, particularly in promoting DEI. UC Santa Cruz is committed to addressing the holistic needs of faculty. We also welcome applications from those who have had non-traditional career paths, who have taken time off for personal reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)


Department: https://oceansci.ucsc.edu/


Qualifications
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Doctorate (or equivalent foreign degree) in oceanography, biological oceanography, marine ecology, fisheries science or equivalent to the positions. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by July 1, 2023.


Application Requirements
Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - The curriculum vitae should include published papers and manuscripts accepted for publication, proposals submitted and awarded, classes taught, students mentored, awards, and other relevant signs of preparation and recognition.

  • Cover Letter - The cover letter should briefly summarize your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Statement of research (up to 2 pages) - This statement should focus on 1) your three most innovative achievements, 2) your overall goals and vision for a research program at UC Santa Cruz, 3) and the experience and qualifications that make you particularly well-suited to achieve those goals.

  • Statement of teaching and mentoring (up to 2 pages) - This statement should focus on 1) your previous formal (classroom, laboratory, field) teaching contributions and future teaching goals, 2) your previous mentoring contributions and future mentoring goals, 3) your approach to using inclusive and effective practices in teaching and mentoring.

  • Statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 2 pages) - This statement should address your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html ) before preparing their application

  • Statement of community engagement and leadership (up to 1 page) - This statement should focus on 1) your previous experience, goals, and vision in the area of community engagement, and 2) your previous experience and your aspirations and motivation for leadership, including your vision of equity-minded leadership.

  • Publication - Published manuscripts may be submitted that represent innovative research achievements, and any knowledge of and accomplishments in teaching and mentoring, promoting DEI, and leadership and community engagement. Preprints, accepted, in review, or in prep manuscripts may be submitted.
    (Optional)

  • Publication - Published manuscripts may be submitted that represent innovative research achievements, and any knowledge of and accomplishments in teaching and mentoring, promoting DEI, and leadership and community engagement. Preprints, accepted, in review, or in prep manuscripts may be submitted.
    (Optional)

  • Publication - Published manuscripts may be submitted that represent innovative research achievements, and any knowledge of and accomplishments in teaching and mentoring, promoting DEI, and leadership and community engagement. Preprints, accepted, in review, or in prep manuscripts may be submitted.
    (Optional)


Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required

Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation* 2 are required and a maximum of 4 will be accepted. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm .

Apply link: https://recruit.ucsc.edu/JPF01397

Help contact: rrobison@ucsc.edu


Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify ). The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/policy/capm/102.530.html ).

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at roberts@ucsc.edu (831) 459-4602.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website at https://www.hercjobs.org/regions/higher-ed-careers-northern-california/ to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy . All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. Additional information and resources for compliance are located on the campus COVID-19 Vaccines webpage .

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Job location
Santa Cruz, California

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