Assistant Professor in Fish Ecology

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The Fisheries Division of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor in Fish Ecology with a primary interest in the ecology of fishes in freshwater and/or marine ecosystems of Alaska. The position is based at our SFOS location in Fairbanks, Alaska. Applications are encouraged from creative individuals with strong scientific and academic expertise who will complement the expertise of existing faculty and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Alaska’s marine fish resources.

The successful candidate will support the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service. Applicants should be enthusiastic about teaching, and will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate fisheries courses and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Specifically, the successful candidate for this position will be expected to develop a dynamic, externally funded research program that utilizes field, laboratory, and/or modeling approaches to examine the ecology of fishes in freshwater and/or marine ecosystems of Alaska. Possible focal areas include, but are not limited to, ecological energetics, trophic or nutritional ecology, and physiological ecology, life-history strategies of fishes, predator-prey interactions, and/or community and landscape ecology. Teaching responsibilities will include FISH 101 Introduction to Fisheries (taught annually) and FISH 425 Fish Ecology (taught even fall semesters). In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a graduate course in his/her area of specialization in fish ecology. The successful candidate will be expected to build an externally-funded research program that provides support and training for graduate and undergraduate students. Predilection for interdisciplinary research, preferably through collaborative programs in Alaskan waters, is desirable. SFOS faculty are expected to provide public service to the nation, state, university and local communities by serving on university and advisory committees and participating in other university and community activities. The ability to interact professionally with biologists and managers in state and federal agencies is essential.

UAF is Alaska’s research university and Alaska’s marine ecosystems offer phenomenal opportunities for freshwater and marine fish ecology research. SFOS has over 60 faculty and over 125 graduate students engaged in research in Alaska waters and throughout the world ( SFOS offers full academic programs in Fisheries at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels through classrooms and laboratories in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, and Seward. These classrooms and other facilities throughout the state are linked by modern videoconference and distance-delivery technology. This hire is part of our vision to strengthen our fisheries program in the school at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Detailed information about the position can be found on the SFOS website at

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries biology, ecology, or a related field from an accredited university by the time of hire. Disciplinary expertise for this position should be in the area of ecology of freshwater and/or marine fishes. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. The applicant must be proficient in English, have university-level teaching ability, and have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Trent Sutton, Search Committee Chair, at 907-474-7285 or at

To apply, please go to At the end of the posting click on the Apply for this posting button. Select a User Name and Password to begin your application. If the direct link above does not work go to click on Faculty Jobs button scroll to the bottom of the page and search for posting number 0063691. You will be asked to attach (1) a cover letter with a general statement of interest, (2) statements of research and teaching experience, interests, and philosophy, (3) a CV, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin April 01, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated start date is fall 2012 or winter 2013.

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