Assistant/Associate Professors in Marine and Environmental Studies (2 Positions)

University of the Virgin Islands

Deadline for Applications: Open Until Filled

Expected Start Date: Fall Semester 2009

Posting Numbers: 0600036 and 0600037

Position Title: 2 Assistant/Associate Professors in Marine and Environmental Studies

The University of the Virgin Islands is a Historically Black publicly supported land-grant institution. UVI, in association with the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) is seeking faculty who will ensure high academic standards in a nurturing and learner-centered environment in keeping with our HBCU status through scholarly research and teaching excellence. Appointees must be able to work productively with research colleagues and students of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; serve on the University’s committees; and contribute to the development of the University’s Vision 2012.

The Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) is seeking 5 candidates over the next 3 years for research, non-tenure track positions who will join the research team at CMES and have the opportunity to participate in an exciting new interdisciplinary research initiative on Integrated Caribbean Coastal Ecosystems. This current request for applicants is for 2 faculty positions. Researchers at CMES are investigating biotic, physical and human interactions in Caribbean coastal ecosystems, the extent to which oceanographic and climatic forces are affecting coral reef ecosystems, and related social, health and economic impacts on Caribbean island communities. With funding from NSF, VI-EPSCoR is expanding the Center’s core facilities and supporting CMES research in the areas of Evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes, Ocean and coastal processes, and Environmental analysis and management. The successful candidates will participate in interdisciplinary research as members of CMES research teams and will be assured of significant release time for research during their first few years of employment within the program. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to teach in the Masters in Marine and Environmental Science, a joint program between CMES and the Division of Science and Mathematics (DSM). There are also opportunities to teach in the DSM undergraduate program. This position announcement is for:

UVI seeks to fill two faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with instructional skills and research interests in any combination of the following areas: Physical Oceanography with expertise in general circulation modeling and experience working with biologists in biophysical coupled models; Coastal Geomorphology with experience on source to sink sediment dynamics and watershed modeling; Natural Resource Economics or Social Science with experience working with natural scientists on coupled natural and human systems; Microbiology; Epizootiology of marine diseases; or Phytoplankton Ecology.

Candidates should have expertise in at least one of these fields in application to tropical coastal/marine ecosystems. Extra consideration will be given candidates with experience in the Caribbean.  Post-doctoral experience is preferred.  The successful candidates will develop and maintain an active, extramurally-funded research program in his or her areas of specialty.  The candidates will also be expected to carry out normal faculty responsibilities including committee assignments.

Rank and compensation will be based on research and teaching experience. If applicable, one-way economy airfare to St. Thomas for the appointee and immediate family, and shipping allowance of up to $1,250 will be paid by the University upon presentation of receipts.

In order to be considered please apply online to,  the application will include a letter of application, employment application, curriculum vitae, transcript(s) from accredited institution(s), a research and teaching philosophy, and the name, address, telephone number and email address of three references. Please address any questions and inquiries either to Nasseer Idrisi, Acting Director, Center for Marine and Environmental Studies,, or Department of Human Resources,, University of the Virgin Islands, #2 John Brewer’s Bay, St. Thomas, V.I. 00802-9990. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  When applying for this position, the job title and the job code number must be included on your resume/curriculum vitae.


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