Carl B. Brown Distinguished Professor in Marine Science

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Science and Engineering invites applications for The Carl B. Brown Distinguished Professorship in Marine Science. This position is a tenure-track endowed position at the level of Professor. Candidates with research interests in the broad area of marine chemistry are invited to apply.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain excellence in research with a vigorous, externally funded program, to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute significantly to UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. The candidate will also have the opportunity to mentor students in four graduate programs; MS in Marine Science, MS in Chemistry, PhD in Applied Coastal & Ocean Sciences, and PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

The recipient is selected as a distinguished professor for an initial term of five years, beginning in Fall 2024. Renewal of the appointment will be at the discretion of the Provost and Dean of the College of Science and Engineering based on an evaluation of the individual’s accomplishments and future vision for the position.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
A PhD in chemistry or related field is required.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  1. Evidence of a distinguished record of research in marine chemistry
  2. Evidence of a distinguished record in teaching both face-to-face and online courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels
  3. Experience of securing external funding
  4. Ability to engage with the community on matters related to marine chemistry
  5. Insight on research, engagement, and service opportunities that will bring distinction to UNCW, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
Chemistry & Biochemistry at UNC Wilmington offers exciting, student-oriented programs that award Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS, ACS Certified), Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biochemistry (expected Fall 2024), Master of Science (MS) degrees and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. A significant portion of the training takes place in our laboratories, both those associated with courses, and those involving research in Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Marine and Atmospheric Science, Organic and Inorganic Synthesis, Computational and Physical Chemistry and Chemical Education.

College/School Information
The College of Science and Engineering offers a variety of programs leading to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, as well as Doctor of Philosophy degrees in applied coastal and ocean sciences; pharmaceutical chemistry; integrative, comparative, and marine biology; and psychology degrees. The college also offers combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in information technology/computer science and information systems, computer science/computer science and information systems, and B.S. in mathematics/M.S. in mathematics. To implement its academic programs, the college provides instruction and research opportunities in the natural and behavioral sciences, information technology, data science, computer science, mathematics, pre-engineering, and engineering. The eight academic departments in the college provide courses of study in each of these areas, in addition to interdepartmental programs in information technology, cybersecurity, and digital arts. A 2+2 in engineering; and 3+2 programs in computer science and electrical or computer engineering; and physics and electrical engineering, are also offered in the college. Post-baccalaureate certificate programs in environmental studies, applied statistics, and geographic information science are also available.

CSE students work with distinguished faculty and scientists, use cutting edge technology, and conduct impactful research. Faculty-directed research projects empower CSE students to apply what they learn inside the classroom and laboratory to real-world situations and prepares them for a variety of careers or advanced study.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

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Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on February 29, 2024. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Summary of Research Plans
  5. List of three references
  6. If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Note that all requested components must be submitted in order to meet the application requirements.

Please note that a minimum of three professional reference contacts are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.

Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. G. Brooks Avery, Search Committee Chair, at  For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Libbie Schaffer at

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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