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Faculty Positions

Interdisciplinary Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster

(Three Assistant/Associate and two Full Professors)

The University of Central Florida is in a hiring campaign to recruit 100 new faculty for Fall 2016. As part of this hiring campaign, UCF has recently established six interdisciplinary clusters to strengthen its academic offerings and research mission.  In support of this effort, we are searching for faculty in the broad interdisciplinary area of Sustainable Coastal Systems (http://ucf.edu/research/coastalsystems) and plan to fill three positions of Assistant/Associate Professors and two positions of Associate/Full Professors to begin in Fall 2016. The goal is to bring together a core group of faculty who work across traditional research boundaries or are working in transdisciplinary fields. We invite applications for three positions from individuals who are active research leaders in the interdisciplinary fields of ecological modeling, ecosystem services, coastal water resources engineering, hydro-ecological sciences, or coastal planning and emergency response at the level of Assistant/Associate Professor. We also invite applications for two tenured Associate/Full Professor positions from individuals who are active research leaders in the areas of environmental/ecological economics, environmental policy, or coastal political geography.  These five hires will join 34 current cluster faculty, representing ten departments and five colleges, to lead a world-class effort to understand and assess natural and human-related impacts to coastal ecosystem health, restoration, sustainability, and mitigation; and ultimately to characterize and integrate physical, chemical, biological, and socio-economic processes impacting coastal communities and ecosystems.  Specifically we seek:

  1. Tenured Associate or Full Professor in interdisciplinary, environmental social science with a focus on environmental policy or coastal political geography and coastal ecology who addresses the coastal zone as a single integrated ecological-social-economic system.  Apply on-line at http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/43506 (Position #38869).
  2. Tenured Associate or Full Professor with interdisciplinary research interests in environmental/ecological economics and empirical analyses related to coastal systems and coupled human-natural systems. Research interests could include renewable resource modeling; ecosystem services valuation; environmental risk analysis; or environmental policy analysis. Apply on-line at http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/43510 (Position #38660).  
  3. Tenure-track Assistant or Tenured Associate Professor with interdisciplinary research interests in ecological modeling, coastal biogeochemistry, or marine ecosystem dynamics, and who is working at the interface of social and biological sciences. Apply on-line at http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/43511 (Position #38476).
  4. Tenure-track Assistant or Tenured Associate Professor with expertise in coastal planning and emergency response who employs an interdisciplinary approach to address current issues related to coastal land use planning, ecosystem services, infrastructure resilience, or environmental planning, and the development and planning of healthy sustainable coastal communities. Apply on-line at http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/43512 (Position #33131).
  5. Tenure-track Assistant or Tenured Associate Professor in coastal water resources engineering or hydro-ecological sciences, with a strong record of interdisciplinary research in coastal systems, and research foci in the interactions between water and ecosystems in watersheds, rivers, estuaries, and nearshore coastal systems. Apply on-line at http://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/43507 (Position #38779).

Successful candidates will become core faculty members in the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster. They must demonstrate a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and publication; a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, have demonstrated an ability to perform high-impact and high-demand research, and develop a program that will lead to strong extramurally-funded research and national/international recognition.

Faculty in these interdisciplinary positions will be expected to strengthen both their tenure home department as well as the Sustainable Coastal Systems cluster. Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup are expected with these five new positions. Each new faculty member will have a unique interdisciplinary mentoring team to foster intellectual breadth and to facilitate integrative capacity to strengthen the success of the cluster.

Candidates must apply on-line (see links above) and attach, as a single PDF, the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references. In the cover letter candidates should address their background in their discipline and should identify the department(s) for their potential tenure home.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 30 2015 and continue to accept applications until the positions are filled. The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with more than 61,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit http://ucf.edu. UCF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. All applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

For more information about these positions please contact the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster Search Chair, Dr. Graham Worthy, at CoastalCluster@ucf.edu

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