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Visiting Assistant Professor - Coastal Research Institute

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Los Angeles, CA

The Coastal Research Institute (CRI) ( at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor/Research position beginning Spring 2020. The one-year position will involve leading applied research in support of the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program (SMBNEP) and its regional strategic planning document, the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan ( There are many priorities in the Plan, including filling important habitat research and monitoring data gaps for our region. This position will support CRI’s efforts in developing a regional State of the Bay Report summarizing research and monitoring efforts over the past five years. In addition, the successful candidate will teach one course each in the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters as well as support the CRI 2020 Internship and Research Assistant Program. Areas of research expertise interest include, but are not limited to, oceanography, regional climate change stressor research and adaptation strategies, applied ecology, expertise in southern California ecosystems, native habitat restorations, and understanding multiple stressor dynamics on local systems. Experience in the use of statistics, GIS, modeling, and data analysis on applied science projects is a plus.

CRI is a research institute formed to further the goals of SMBNEP, one of 28 US Environmental Protection Agency place-based programs initiated to protect and restore the water quality and ecological integrity of estuaries of national significance and their watersheds. The CRI partnership brings together expertise from the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering at LMU and The Bay Foundation (TBF) (, a 501© 3 non-profit environmental group founded in 1990 to restore and enhance Santa Monica Bay and local coastal waters. CRI engages LMU faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and external partners such as agencies and local municipalities in research related to coastal resource management.

Loyola Marymount University, a Carnegie classified R2 institution in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks qualified applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity employer. Women, persons of color, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming individuals, people living with disabilities, and others with diverse life experiences and beliefs are encouraged to apply. (Visit for more information.)

The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include research, teaching, student mentorship, CRI programs support, and service to the profession and university community.

  • Ideal candidates will:

  • Have completed a Ph.D. in science, engineering, or a related field;
  • Demonstrate leadership and community-building skills to support the growth of CRI;
  • Support and further CRI’s research agenda and monitoring programs;
  • Teach one science course per semester (i.e., Spring 2020 and Fall 2020);
  • Embrace inclusivity and foster LMU’s diverse community of students, faculty and staff;
  • Support CRI’s 2020 Internship and Research Assistant Program; and
  • Support and help facilitate State of the Bay 2020 Report development.

The starting date for this position is January 6, 2020. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Salary and other benefits are competitive and commensurate with background and experience.

  • A complete application will include:
  • Letter of interest;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Statement of research experience, leadership, and how the applicant will compliment CRI’s goals and programs; and
  • List of three references (name, entity, title, and contact information).

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