Assistant Professor in Organismal Fish Ecology

vims80The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. The School of Marine Science (SMS) at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States. VIMS employs approximately 60 full-time faculty members, more than 250 staff, and enrolls approximately 100 graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs. VIMS consists of four collaborative, interdisciplinary academic departments: Biological Sciences, Environmental and Aquatic Animal Health, Fisheries Science and Physical Sciences. Further information on VIMS and the SMS may be accessed online at:

Assistant Professor in Organismal Fish Ecology: We invite applications for a tenure-eligible Assistant Professor position in the Department of Fisheries Science. The position will begin in summer 2014.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) or similar terminal degree at the time of the appointment in an area applicable to organismal fish ecology. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Candidates must have a strong publication record commensurate with experience, the potential to maintain an active research program, and the ability to provide quality graduate student teaching and mentoring. Candidates with research interests in the broad area of organismal fish ecology, inclusive of behavioral, physiological, reproductive, and evolutionary ecology, as well as food web interactions and fish movements, are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates that employ field and/or laboratory approaches to the study of fish ecology.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop and maintain an active research and publication program, advise graduate students and teach courses including but not limited to fish ecology and marine fisheries science. In addition, the candidate will be expected to participate in College and VIMS/SMS governance, and engage in advisory service activities in support of fisheries management at local regional, national, and/or international levels.

The Department of Fisheries Science includes faculty with diverse expertise in biology and status of fishes, molluscs, and crustaceans in both estuarine and marine environments. Areas of study include fisheries population dynamics, stock assessment, recruitment dynamics, evolution and systematics, food-web dynamics, molecular biology, physiology, conservation ecology, deep-sea ecology, and fisheries policy. There is a high level of interdisciplinary synergy applied to resource management needs in the face of complex environmental issues and challenges.

Application materials: for the positions listed above should include: 1) a cover letter describing professional education, experience, and suitability for the position; 2) a full curriculum vitae; 3) research statement; 4) teaching statement; and 5) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.

Application materials should be addressed to the Chair of the Organismal Fish Ecologist Search Committee, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at For full consideration, application materials are due December 1, 2013; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university and conducts background checks on applicants for employment. Applications by persons from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.