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Tenure-Track Position in Marine Bioscience

Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Department of Ocean Sciences of Memorial University ( invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of assistant or associate professor. The candidate must have a Ph.D. and relevant post-doctoral experience (or equivalent), a track record of peer-reviewed publications, the potential to maintain a vigorous research program, and be committed to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentorship. Expertise in any area of marine science that would complement, or add to, the current research strengths in the Department will be welcome. We are particularly interested in candidates focused on the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and their functioning. The ideal candidate will be able to teach in at least one of the following areas: oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, polar and/or deep-sea ecology, or marine environmental adaptation. We anticipate nominating this position for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) and thus seek applicants with a profile compatible with CRC criteria (

Preference will be given to candidates who show they can (1) develop a high-impact, transdisciplinary research program that ideally bridges two of the Department’s core research foci; e.g. Aquaculture and Fisheries; Biological Oceanography; Functional Biology of Organisms; and Marine Ecology and Evolution; and (2) develop/teach undergraduate and graduate courses that support the Department’s growing curricula. The ideal candidate will take advantage of the unique research capacity at the Ocean Sciences Centre, e.g. the Field Services Unit, the Dr. Joe Brown Aquatic Research Building (JBARB;, and/or the Cold-Ocean and Deep-Sea Research Facility (CDRF;

Building on Newfoundland and Labrador’s strong cultural, social, and economic connections to the ocean, the Department of Ocean Sciences aims for world-class cold-ocean and deep-sea research and education through the principles of inclusion, diversity, sustainability, and transdisciplinary scientific innovations. Through partnerships with communities, governments, and industry, we apply our expertise in ecology, physiology, biogeochemistry, and omics towards the development of sustainable ocean use, particularly aquaculture and fisheries, as well as effective responses to challenges such as climate change, pathogens, and pollution. The Department is located 10 km from the University’s main campus in St. John’s. At present, it has 13 faculty members, 36 staff members, 73 graduate students and 11 post-doctoral fellows.

Memorial University, which is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university, plays an integral role in the education and cultural life of the region and offers diverse programs to almost 19,500 students while providing a distinctive and stimulating environment for learning. St. John’s is a safe, friendly city with great historic charm, vibrant cultural life, and easy access to a range of outdoor activities.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and separate statements (up to 2 pages each) outlining (1) your proposed area of research including how it would make use of available facilities; and (2) your teaching interests and expertise, indicating how you would help the Department deliver and expand its course offerings. Please email your cover letter, research, and teaching statements, as well as your curriculum vitae and the names of at least three annotated references in a single file, quoting the position number F04015-2022-10, to Dr. Ian Fleming, Head, (e-mail:, phone 709-864-3709). The closing date for receipt of applications is August 31st, 2022, or until the position is filled.

Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including: Indigenous Peoples; visible minorities and racialized people; people with disabilities; women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals are all encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.