Williams-Mystic Coastal and Ocean Studies Program

Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography and/or Marine Geoscience

The Williams-Mystic Coastal and Ocean Studies Program of Williams College and the Mystic Seaport Museum invites applications for an appointment in the broad field of physical oceanography and/or marine geoscience, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning 1 July 2023.

Williams-Mystic (mystic.williams.edu) is a study-away program administered by Williams College and located in Mystic, CT, on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport Museum. We have a state-of-the-art marine science center as well as a range of classrooms and teaching settings, and access to a  variety of coastal and marine environments. Our mission is to empower insightful, creative citizens while cultivating an enduring relationship with the sea. Each semester we enroll 16-24 undergraduate students from a range of colleges across the US. Students of all majors come here to study the history, literature, policy, and science of the ocean, focusing on the environment and sustainability. We create an open-minded, interdisciplinary academic community through experiential learning.

The successful candidate will teach one course each semester, covering oceanographic processes and marine geoscience, as well as supervising independent student research and participating in multi-day field seminars. The position involves close collaboration with our marine ecologist in course planning and execution. The field seminars each semester include an offshore research cruise as well as land-based expeditions to the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, and/or Atlantic coasts. We encourage and support faculty in developing their own research programs that enhance the undergraduate experience. This is a Williams College faculty appointment, starting as a three-year renewable position. Promotion to Associate Professor with renewable five-year terms is possible after 2 three-year terms. This hire is intended to be a career position with continued renewal going forward.

The salary range for this position is $78,000 to $83,000 annually.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. or dissertation completed by the time of appointment and demonstrated teaching experience.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2022. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field. All offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of a background check. Further information is available here: dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/

Application Instructions

Candidates must apply via Interfolio. The application should include a cover letter; a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy; a description of research projects suitable for undergraduate student involvement and a curriculum vitae. After an initial round of review, we will request three recommendation letters from those applicants who advance in the search. A 10-day turnaround time will be provided for those letters to be submitted. In the application, we ask candidates to write specifically about promoting an inclusive community and working effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. For questions, please contact Williams-Mystic Executive Director, Dr. Tom Van Winkle, [email protected], 860-572-5359.

Position begins

July 1, 2023

Application deadline

11:59 pm ET on November 15, 2022

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