Assistant Professor of Marine and Coastal Science Western Washington University

WWU- Marine and Coastal Science
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 30, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Environmental Sciences and the Marine and Coastal Science (MACS) program at Western Washington University (WWU) invite applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Marine and Coastal Science, beginning Fall 2021. 

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the Cascade mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle, 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 45 miles NW of Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC), the teaching and research facility located in Anacortes, WA. 

The Marine and Coastal Science program ( brings together faculty, staff, and students from four academic departments housed in two colleges, in addition to Western’s marine laboratory, the Shannon Point Marine Center. The MACS academic program is based on the main campus in Bellingham, with opportunities for research activities, short-term residential experiences, and regular weekly meetings of some courses at the Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes.  The cohort-based program of study provides a strong foundation in basic science, broad knowledge of marine systems, and opportunities for interdisciplinary, hands-on study. 

We seek applicants whose research and teaching focus on physical oceanography and transport, examining circulation and ocean transport processes including tides, currents, hydrodynamics (small and/or large scale), freshwater input, winds, and coastal processes.  Specific domains could include bio-physical interactions; biogeochemical fluxes; transport of materials such as pollutants, sediments, or plankton; and/or ocean-climate interactions (e.g., ocean dynamics, global change, and how the coast, atmosphere, and ocean interact).  Generalized approaches could include instrumentation, field-based observational methods, numerical modeling, or specialized statistics, such as time-series analysis or spatial statistics. 

We seek candidates who are committed to a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to scholarship and teaching, and who can contribute to upper-level core classes in the MACS program (e.g., team teaching marine physical processes with biologists, chemists, geologists).  Additional focus areas for teaching include introductory marine science, quantitative methods or modeling, as well as developing specialty elective courses.  Teaching assignments for this position will be distributed evenly between environmentally-oriented courses offered in Environmental Sciences and interdisciplinary marine science courses offered in MACS. 

Application review begins March 1, 2021; position is open until filled. 
For more detailed information about this position and how to submit an application, please visit  this link: 

Inquiries: Professor Angela Strecker; 


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