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Research Professor of Principal Environmental Scientist – School for Coastal Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

SUPERVISES: Graduate and advanced undergraduate students, Research Associates, and Post-Doctoral Scholars


The Research Professor/Principal Environmental Scientist is an established researcher with expertise in Coastal Biogeochemistry and Nutrient Management who works closely with existing vibrant programs in coastal ecology and biogeochemistry at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST). Competitive applicants will have demonstrated a commitment to leading a team of faculty, research associates, and post-doctoral scholars supporting the Coastal Systems Program (CSP) to advance its mission. The successful applicant will work to elevate the CSP to a University Center.

The successful applicant will be expected to build on the existing strengths of the SMAST Coastal Systems Program, work with research staff and scholars to maintain and adapt interdisciplinary research programs in the area of coastal biogeochemistry and nutrient management and assist with evolving ongoing research to meet new needs. The candidate’s areas of research interest should include problems of both local/regional and national/international importance with a focus on environmental issues relevant to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including but not limited to coastal biogeochemistry; aquatic ecology/biogeochemistry; monitoring, restoration, and protection of lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters, with emphasis on applied science; design and implementation of nitrogen management strategies; and development and testing of new biogeochemical tools for nutrient management. The Coastal Systems Program is also closely aligned with the newly established Biodegradability Laboratory, which provides opportunities for studying and developing sustainable alternatives to plastics.

The successful applicant will manage a complex budget, help develop and manage large-scale ecosystem assessments, and develop and manage complex contracts or grants with ecological scope.

Responsibilities are varied and include analyzing comprehensive and complex environmental issues, which require a high level of initiative in applying sound scientific methods and ecological principles to monitoring, restoration, and protection of lakes, estuaries, and coastal waters, design and implementation of nitrogen management strategies, and development and testing of new biogeochemical tools for nutrient management. The successful candidate will represent CSP in dealings with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, tribal partners, conservation groups, and private landowners. The incumbent will also handle personnel issues appropriate of the supervisor classification, including matters and actions pertaining to hiring, personnel actions, and training. The ideal applicant will also be expected to supervise undergraduate and/or graduate students in areas such as coastal ecology, salt marsh ecosystems, biogeochemical cycling in estuaries, and/or land impacts on coastal environments.

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life Insurance
Long Term Disability
State Pension Retirement Plan
Optional Retirement Savings Plans
Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
Twelve (12) paid holidays
Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
And More!

Benefits: Benefits for AFT Faculty

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

  • Job Type: Faculty
  • Organization: University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
  • Qualifications: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION: Ph.D. relevant to one of the following research areas: coastal biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology/biogeochemistry, marine and estuarine sciences, marine ecology, nutrient management, and water quality. EXPERIENCE: Leadership and/or supervision, managing large and complex projects; grant or contract development and management; collaboration and coordination with state, federal, tribal, or other interested partners; strong peer-reviewed journal publication record OTHER: Strong written and oral communication skills. Proven ability to work on cooperative research supported by multiple sources of funding. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: Background and experience in coastal water quality, marine ecology and nutrient sampling, analysis and science-based management; demonstrated ability in coastal system processes with environmental data collection and analysis; ability to work with long time-series and interdisciplinary data sets. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in organizing and participating in interdisciplinary coastal, estuarine, and oceanographic biogeochemistry research; synthesis of the ecosystem and water quality datasets; and strong quantitative knowledge in mathematics and/or statistics. Field experience collecting coastal systems data, including sea time on coastal research vessels, marsh, and wetlands survey methodology, quantitative analyses of environmental data, ecosystem assessment, and modeling. Experience working with federal, state, municipal, and industry/non-governmental partners. Experience supervising technical staff, post-doctoral scholars, and undergraduate and graduate students.
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  • Location: Dartmouth, MA
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