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Faculty (Open Rank) Oceanographic/Atmospheric Studies

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: College of Global Futures: School of Ocean Futures


Tempe, AZ/Bermuda

Open Date

Dec 11, 2023


The School of Ocean Futures (https://oceans.asu.edu/) and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS, http://www.bios.edu/) in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory (GFL, https://globalfutures.asu.edu/) at Arizona State University invite applications for a full-time, academic year (August – May), faculty appointment in ocean sciences in the field of autonomous robotic oceanographic observations. The position includes overseeing and expanding the existing BIOS glider fleet. This is an open rank position, and the appointment can be made at the junior (tenure track) or senior (tenured) rank depending on the experience of the candidate. The anticipated start date for this position is August 2024.

ASU BIOS is planning a strategic expansion of its autonomous vehicle research activities and will look to the successful candidate to help chart and guide the program’s development. The successful candidate will develop an innovative, extramurally funded, research program that makes use of autonomous systems for a wide variety of oceanographic observations. The candidate will also contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curricula through teaching and mentoring, and have a commitment to engagement, outreach and leadership.

Scientific activities at BIOS are wide-ranging, collaborative and include oceanographic and atmospheric time-series studies and a broad range of coral reef research. Major long-term initiatives of BIOS include: (1) Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS; https://bats.bios.asu.edu/); (2) Hydrostation S program (http://www.bios.edu/research/projects/hydrostation-s/); (3) BIOS-SCOPE (http://scope.bios.edu/); and, (4) the M/V Oleander project (http://oleander.bios.edu/). The institution supports the operations of the RV Atlantic Explorer, a UNOLS research vessel making 20 short cruises to the time series stations each year. BIOS also operates autonomous underwater gliders equipped with sensor systems for physical and biogeochemical oceanographic research, the Mid-Atlantic Glider Initiative and Collaboration (MAGIC; http://magic.bios.edu/). Additional information on BIOS can be found at http://www.bios.edu/.

The successful candidate will take advantage of the opportunities and facilities offered at BIOS, with emphasis on expansion and integration of the existing glider program into their research and will assume a tenure-track faculty position at a rank based on experience in the new School of Ocean Futures at ASU. BIOS and the School of Ocean Futures are central entities within the Global Futures Laboratory for innovative activities related to discovery, learning, solutions, and engagement related to the ocean. BIOS and SOF focus on exploring future states of the oceans and their impact on global society. In Tempe, AZ, the school resides in a new, state of the art high performance research facility dedicated in April 2022, the Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health. Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences is located in St. George’s Parish at the east end of Bermuda. The primary residence of the successful candidate can be in Tempe, AZ or Bermuda.

The Global Futures Laboratory is committed to inclusive excellence. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to and enhance this commitment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Junior Rank

  • Doctorate in marine sciences or engineering
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an innovative externally-funded research program
  • Demonstrated strong research experience using gliders with a future commitment to integrating autonomous vehicle observations of ocean physics, chemistry and biology into novel, systems-based ocean science research projects
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching

Senior Rank

In addition to above, a senior candidate will demonstrate an established internationally recognized research program involving autonomous ocean observations and if applicable, an established multi-year record of teaching undergraduate and graduate students. They will have a service record commensurate with a senior tenured position.

Desired Qualifications:

Junior Rank

  • Direct experience of implementing glider and autonomous platform missions for ocean research
  • Experience working in a transdisciplinary environment, and research that complements the expertise of existing faculty and will expand our overall research and instructional capabilities
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities

Senior Rank

In addition to the above, the senior candidate will demonstrate a record of sustained research accomplishments and project leadership in the field of autonomous ocean observations. The senior candidate will also have held leadership functions and demonstrate sustained service to the oceanographic community and involvement in international programs.

Application Instructions

Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2024; if not filled, applications will be evaluated every two weeks until the search is closed. To apply, please submit electronically (1) A cover letter, including the names and e-mail addresses of three references; (2) a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and extramural funding; (3) a succinct (2-5 pages) outline of future research vision using autonomous systems in the marine environment; (4) a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy and interests. Inquiries and nominations should be directed to Susanne Neuer (susanne.neuer@asu.edu,) Director of School of Ocean Futures, and/or William Curry (wcurry3@bios.asu.edu), President and CEO of BIOS.