Office of Research POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Director Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute - Office of Research

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Director Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT Director Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute

August 14, 2023

The University of California, Davis, Office of Research invites applications for the position of Director, Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI). This position, open to tenured members of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, will be appointed at a level of 50% for five years with the possibility of extension.

CMSI is a Special Research Program under the auspices of the Office of Research that coordinates and integrates the diverse research and teaching activities in coastal and marine science and policy across multiple colleges at UC Davis. This work spans from the Davis campus to the Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML). Through interdisciplinary research and engagement with stakeholders, CMSI works to address the most pressing challenges in the sustainability of coastal ocean systems. It catalyzes emerging and novel integrations across a wide variety of disciplines in support of new coastal ocean science, builds collaborations to enhance funding for research, and develops infrastructure to support the synergy of these interdisciplinary efforts.

The successful candidate will advance the mission of CMSI while maintaining their own internationally recognized research program, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and teaching regular courses. Responsibilities of the director position include updating and implementing the CMSI strategic plan, overseeing an appropriate, sustainable business model for operations including a vision for the renewal of facilities at BML, leading the unique educational and research efforts of an interdisciplinary program anchored by a flagship laboratory, securing funding from a wide spectrum of state, federal and private research and education sources, and creating an impactful community outreach and communication strategy to expand the range of supporters of CMSI and BML.


  • PhD, or equivalent degree, in marine science or engineering, or a closely related discipline
  • Distinguished track record of scholarly publication and teaching
  • Demonstrated leadership, management or administrative ability, ideally with prior experience in overseeing multi-faceted, interdisciplinary research enterprises within a university environment
  • Experience with building synergistic relationships with state, and federal agencies, private foundations, community-based organizations, and industry-based research funding organizations
  • Understanding of marine- and coastal-related political, policy, and protocol issues and familiarity with decision makers in relevant federal, state, corporate and non-profit organizations

We seek candidates who aspire to advance UC Davis’s strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all populations, and who demonstrate commitment to, or strong potential for commitment to, the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, for full consideration, please submit your letter of application by September 15, 2023. Please submit the following electronically

  • Curriculum Vitae – Please submit a complete CV including full publication, funding, teaching and mentorship records
  • Statement of Research – Describe past research contributions and statement of how your research program would fit in coastal and marine sciences at UC Davis (optional, about 2 pages)
  • Statement of Teaching and Mentorship – Describe your pedagogical values and methods, your record of mentorship, and what coastal and marine science courses (undergraduate & graduate) you would
    teach (optional, about 2 pages)
  • Statement of past administrative experience and vision for CMSI (about 2 pages)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service (1-2 pages)
  • The names of 3 – 5 individuals who can provide a reference

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In conformance with applicable law and university policy, the University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The university undertakes affirmative action for underrepresented minorities and women, for persons with disabilities and for Vietnam-era veterans and disabled veterans. Affirmative actions include training programs, outreach efforts, and other positive steps to ensure equal employment opportunity.

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