The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at New York’s Stony Brook University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of physical oceanography. We seek a candidate with expertise in process-oriented coastal ocean research, anthropogenic impacts on oceans, and the impacts of climate change on the ocean. The ideal candidate would be an observationalist capable of using the latest generation of modern instrumentation to study coastal dynamics and kinematics and/or able to use regional numerical models to synthesize and interpret information gained from observations.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, maintain a strong publication record, advise graduate students, and provide outstanding teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses. SoMAS is an international leader in marine and atmospheric sciences – and leads interdisciplinary investigations on regional coastal and global ocean challenges. We seek a collaborative and productive scientist who will strengthen SoMAS’s research enterprise by providing a physical basis for understanding threats to the coastal environment—including habitat change, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, storm surges and sea level rise and coastal erosion—and maintain and expand collaborations within SoMAS (e.g., with fisheries, biologists, chemists, and/or meteorology) and with local stakeholders, as well as foster collaboration with scholars across the Stony Brook University community to support identification of sustainable solutions for marine environments.

Anticipated start date is September 1, 2020.


Required:   Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in physical oceanography or a closely related field in hand no later than August 31, 2020. Experience teaching at the college level.  Capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in physical oceanography.

Preferred: An observationalist capable of using the latest generation of modern instrumentation and/or able to use regional numerical models to synthesize and interpret information gained from observations. Research/teaching experience relevant to issues of physical oceanography.  Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in physical oceanography or closely related topics.  Experience with course and curriculum development.  Experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students.

Demonstrated excellence in research related to physical oceanography or closely related topics, and a compelling agenda for future research.  Experience obtaining and managing external research funding.  Experience and interest working in multi-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary environments.  Potential for collaboration within the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences to advance its research mission.

Application Instructions

Please submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter that addresses how you meet the required and preferred qualifications for the position, a research statement, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy (including a list of previous courses taught), relevant experience in science outreach and diversity inclusion, and names and contact information for three references.

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences: The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) is the State University of New York’s center for marine and atmospheric research, education, and public service. It is also the home of the University’s Sustainability Studies Program.

Approximately 800 graduate and undergraduate students currently work and study at SoMAS. The SoMAS Faculty are internationally known for their leadership in research in all the major disciplines of  marine sciences, atmospheric sciences, and sustainability studies.

Stony Brook University, one of four research-intensive campuses within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is widely regarded as its flagship. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and its rankings bear that out. It’s included among the top 1% of universities in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings and among the top 40 public universities by U.S.News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, composed of the top 62 research institutions in North America. As Long Island’s largest single-site employer, Stony Brook has nearly 15,000 full- and part-time employees, including more than 2,700 faculty. It enrolled roughly 26,800 students in fall 2019 — 17,900 undergraduate students and 8,900 graduate students — and offers more than 200 majors, minors and combined-degree programs. The Department of Athletics supports 18 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA. Located approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore, Stony Brook is situated on 1,454 wooded acres, encompassing 13 schools and colleges; a Research and Development Park; world-class athletics facilities, including an 8,300-seat stadium and a 4,000-seat arena; and Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center. Also part of the University is a teaching and research campus in Southampton, New York, which offers graduate arts programs and is the site of the Marine Sciences Center. In addition, Stony Brook has a role in running, and performs joint research with, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, NY, and the Humanities Institute, with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, Stony Brook sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

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The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.

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Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information,veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

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