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Assistant Professor - Hydrology/Hydrogeology

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina (US)
Commensurate with qualifications
Closing date
29 Dec 2023

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Earth Science
Job Type
Faculty Member
Employment - Hours
Full time

Assistant Professor - Hydrology/Hydrogeology

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington ( invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position in hydrology or hydrogeology to begin August 2024 at the rank of assistant professor.

We are seeking a collegial, dynamic and engaging colleague who shares our commitment to the success of our students and the department. The specific area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to those candidates who complement departmental faculty strengths. The successful candidate will use a mixture of field and laboratory methods to conduct innovative and interdisciplinary, societally important research that involves undergraduate and graduate students, and to maintain an externally funded research program. The successful candidate will be required to teach courses such as surface hydrology and hydrogeology in addition to topics in their specialty.

Teaching duties will contribute to a diverse curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level that supports the Earth and Ocean Sciences degree programs. Participation in university and community service is recognized and expected.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Candidates must hold a doctorate in Geosciences or a closely related field.

Candidates illustrate willingness to teach surface hydrology and hydrogeology in application materials.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Preference will be given to candidates with one or more of these qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to exceptional teaching at the college level.
  • Evidence of applied field and laboratory experience.
  • Research focus that complements on-going EOS faculty research.
  • Evidence of student mentoring.
  • Evidence of community engagement.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences ( offers the following degrees: B.S. in Geology and Oceanography, M.S. and B.A. in Geosciences, B.A. in Geography and Geospatial Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science. The department maintains an outstanding record of research and scholarship and provides powerful undergraduate/graduate student experiences that include applied learning, field studies, and mentored research. UNCW maintains a wide range of analytical facilities in support of research including sedimentology, geospatial analysis, electron microscopy, stable isotope mass spectrometry, aqueous chemistry, NMR and DNA facilities, as well as a dive shop, machine shop, and instrument shop at the UNCW Center for Marine Science (

College/School Information
The College of Science and Engineering offers a variety of programs leading to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, as well as Doctor of Philosophy degrees in applied coastal and ocean sciences; pharmaceutical chemistry; integrative, comparative, and marine biology; and psychology degrees. The college also offers combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in information technology/computer science and information systems, computer science/computer science and information systems, and B.S. in mathematics/M.S. in mathematics. To implement its academic programs, the college provides instruction and research opportunities in the natural and behavioral sciences, information technology, data science, computer science, mathematics, pre-engineering, and engineering. The eight academic departments in the college provide courses of study in each of these areas, in addition to interdepartmental programs in information technology, cybersecurity, and digital arts. A 2+2 in engineering; and 3+2 programs in computer science and electrical or computer engineering; and physics and electrical engineering, are also offered in the college. Post-baccalaureate certificate programs in environmental studies, applied statistics, and geographic information science are also available.

CSE students work with distinguished faculty and scientists, use cutting edge technology, and conduct impactful research. Faculty-directed research projects empower CSE students to apply what they learn inside the classroom and laboratory to real-world situations and prepares them for a variety of careers or advanced study.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Please apply online at

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on 01/15/2024. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Letter of application – Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Research Plan
  4. Teaching experience and how you would incorporate experiences into departmental curriculum.
  5. List with contact information for three professional references
  6. If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the ‘Other’ category.

Note that all requested components must be submitted in order to meet the application requirements.

For questions regarding the search, contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ralph N. Mead at For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Mel Rausch

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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