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Duke University Seeks Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar

Monday, January 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The Division of Marine Science and Conservation in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University invites applicants for the Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar position at its Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina.

The division seeks an early-career scholar who has completed a higher degree and who wishes to undertake self-directed study and participate in faculty activities, or a scholar at any level interested in a creative interlude. Originality and collegiality—rather than any specific research area—are the primary criteria in selecting the McCurdy Scholars. The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Marine Laboratory and to engage with members of the resident faculty. 

The Marine Laboratory is home to a diverse faculty of natural and social scientists, with strong ties to colleagues in the Nicholas School of the Environment on Duke’s Durham campus. Division faculty are at the forefront of generating new knowledge about the science, conservation, and restoration of marine systems and in using this knowledge to inform local, state, national, and international policy. The division achieves this through leadership in research, interdisciplinary collaborations, training, communication, and inclusion. The division values diverse ways of knowing, understanding, and learning.

The division encourages applicants from across the spectrum of Marine Science and Conservation, broadly construed, including (but not limited to) coastal/deep-sea/microbial ecology, oceanography, toxicology, coastal restoration, ocean governance, climate change, marine technology, science communication, environmental law, political ecology, fisheries management, anthropology, the Arts, economics, coastal and marine livelihoods and well-being. Support is available for salary, travel, and research for a nine-month (or longer) appointment beginning late-summer/fall 2020.

Interested individuals should apply through AcademicJobsOnline. See Job # 15820. A one-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, pdfs of up to three publications (or evidence of other substantive contribution), and contact information for three references are required.

Further inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Cindy Van Dover (McCurdy Scholar, 1994-1995) at The search committee will begin reviewing applications February 20, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. The division's collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of the division's community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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