Assistant Professor in Human Ecology of Coastal Systems at the University of Massachusetts Boston

The Department of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences (EEOS), in the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professorship in human ecology with a focus on the human dimension of coastal environmental systems. The appointment begins September 1, 2012. EEOS is an established and growing interdisciplinary department integrating natural and social scientific approaches to better understand earth-system processes, and manage complex interactions between human and environmental processes in linked watershed and coastal marine systems.

We seek an individual with demonstrated expertise and ability to develop a mature research program in human ecology/human dimensions of the coastal environment. Specialties of interest can include coupled human and natural systems; sustainability policy; social adaptation and mitigation of global climate and global environmental change; the consequences of changing human demographics and urbanization of linked coastal systems; and the environment and human health. Candidates whose prior work has not had a dominantly coastal focus, but whose research can be applied within coastal systems are also invited to apply.

The ideal candidate must possess strong analytical and research skills and is expected to: develop a nationally recognized funded research program in his/her area of specialization; teach graduate and undergraduate courses within core curriculum and in his/her area of expertise; and advise and support graduate students. Strong preference will be given to candidates with proven quantitative skills and/or experience in applying geospatial technology in their research.


The disciplinary focus is open, but candidates must possess a Ph.D. in a social or behavioral science, or in an interdisciplinary environmental field, with specific expertise in human dimensions of the environment.
Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to teaching/research in an interdisciplinary program.
Candidates must apply online
A complete application will include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a letter of application that includes a statement of teaching experience/interests and research interests as they relate to the above, including evidence of collaborative capabilities; 3) a detailed CV; and 4) the names and contact information for three references.

For further information, visit the EEOS website at, or contact Dr. Bob Bowen, Chair of Search Committee, or (617)-287-744. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply:;jsessionid=09879E5F4FB277EDAE4BD51B2D3ABD6E?JOBID=28146