Director, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon
Wednesday, October 11, 2023 08:09 AM

The University of Oregon’s Department of Biology seeks the next Director of the Oregon
Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB). The joint administrative and academic position is based at
OIMB on the University of Oregon’s coastal campus in Charleston, Oregon, and will be
appointed as tenured senior faculty in the Department of Biology. The Director of OIMB reports
to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
A successful OIMB Director will bring an ambitious and compelling vision for the role of the
marine field station through the next century of biology scholarship and education, matched with
a world-leading and productive research program that has outstanding potential for external
funding and graduate training. The ideal candidate’s research will capture both public and
academic attention and leverage the rich faunal, floristic, or environmental resources to which
the OIMB, with the Director’s stewardship, provides access. The next Director must also
embody a commitment to both graduate and undergraduate education and curricular innovation
that emphasizes real-world field and research experience. An additional requirement is that the
Director fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion at every level from public outreach through
education to faculty development and mentorship. The appointee will lead an academic program
for OIMB that takes full advantage of local and regional marine habitats and organisms, and will
be strongly involved in programmatic development and funding efforts on behalf of OIMB,
including support for undergraduate and graduate recruitment and teaching and shaping the
anticipated expansion of the coastal campus beyond the traditional boundaries of marine
biology. The Director will also take on the role of liaison to the Biology Department, the College
of Arts and Sciences, and other units on the main campus in Eugene, as well as the local
coastal community.
OIMB is located on the mouth of Coos Bay, in Charleston, Oregon, a 2.5 hour drive from the
main UO campus in Eugene. OIMB is embedded within a diverse array of marine and estuarine
habitats, ranging from the highest-energy rocky shores and the open ocean to the calmest of
salt marshes or a busy marina hosting productive fisheries. Eastern Pacific Ocean biodiversity is
rich, exciting, and full of opportunities for fundamental discovery or applied science. The
Institute is an optimal site for research and teaching, with a resident faculty, graduate program,
and a well-developed, popular, and rigorous undergraduate major in Marine Biology. The field
station includes modern research laboratories, a brand-new research vessel, library, laboratory
classrooms and auditorium, dining hall, dormitories, and accommodations for visiting scientists
( The campus includes the Charleston Marine Life Center (a well-
attended cross between museum, aquarium, and outreach center) and shares space
collaboratively with neighboring South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Applications can be submitted to the UO MyTrack system here. The search Committee will
begin to review applications on November 20, 2023. The search will remain open until the
position is filled. Questions about the application process may be directed to Faculty Support
Specialist, Judi McDonald at [email protected].

Required application materials:
• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• Research statement (up to 2 pages)
• Teaching statement (up to 2 pages)
• Leadership statement, covering previous leadership experience, style, and vision for
developing programmatic goals for the institute (up to 2 pages)
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement that highlights, in relation to the university
context: (i) knowledge of, experience with, and interest in dimensions of DEI; (ii) a track record
of engagement in activities that advance DEI; and (iii) plans with clear and detailed ideas for
advancing DEI at OIMB (up to 2 pages). Commitment to DEI can be demonstrated in many
ways, including through teaching, research on matters related to DEI, or through service that
fosters DEI in a university community. Information on the UO Division of Equity and Inclusion
and its goals can be found at
• Names and contact information for three referees. Letters will be requested from short-listed
The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to
cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The UO is dedicated
to building and supporting a culturally diverse faculty committed to research, teaching, and
scholarship. Applications from groups underrepresented in STEM are strongly encouraged.