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Assistant Professor in Fish Population Ecology & Conservation Position Announced

Posted: August 31st, 2011

Title:                          Assistant Professor – Fish Population Ecology & Conservation
Appointment:     Academic Year (9-month) – Tenure Track
Available:               September 1, 2012
Application:         Review of applications will begin January 17, 2012. The search will continue until the position is filled.

 

The Position:         The candidate will be expected to develop independent and collaborative research programs that, in part, help meet the research needs of state, federal and non governmental organizations; build departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations; and develop an innovative teaching program that incorporates new initiatives in teaching and learning. Teaching responsibilities include a sophomore-level fish sampling and identification course, an upper level fisheries management course, and a graduate course in advanced fisheries science or equivalent. Successful applicants will serve, as do other faculty, as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the department. Other duties will include student advising, program planning, general university and professional service. 

Qualifications:     The focus of this position is fish population ecology and conservation with emphasis on fish biology and ecology, population dynamics, and fisheries management.  Candidates should have strong quantitative skills and experience in marine and/or freshwater systems.  The ability to work with the human and socioeconomic dimensions of fisheries is desirable.  Research topics include, but are not limited to: effects of humans (including climate and land use changes) on fish populations and communities, restoration of fish communities, impacts of exotic species or contaminants on fish populations and communities, effects of extractive or non-extractive fisheries on fish populations, use of aquaculture and its potential environmental effects, or modeling population response to perturbation.  The applicant’s experience should demonstrate the ability to work across disciplinary lines and the potential to attract external funding. A candidate must demonstrate excellence in written and verbal communication. Previous teaching experience at a university level is desirable.  A doctoral degree in Fisheries Science, Fish Ecology, or the equivalent is required.

 

Salary:     Competitive and based on qualifications.

 

The Setting:   The Department of Environmental Conservation hosts a multi-disciplinary group of faculty with nationally ranked programs in Fisheries Ecology & Conservation, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Forest Ecology & Conservation, Urban Forestry & Arboriculture, Water Resources, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Science, and Building Construction and Technology. Unifying themes across these programs include conservation of natural resources and energy and reconciliation of humans with the natural environment. The department places special emphases on faculty-student interaction, interdisciplinary activities, and cooperation among faculty and we share a fundamental commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.  The University is part of the Five-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting. We are two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City. Nearby fish research facilities include: the UMass Amherst Large Pelagics Research Center in Gloucester, the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center in Turners Falls, and the USFS Northern Research Station in Holdsworth NRC.

 

To Apply: Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching goals, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references to:

                               

                        Todd Fuller, Chair
                        Fish Population Ecology & Conservation Search Committee
                        Department of Environmental Conservation
                        160 Holdsworth Way
                        University of Massachusetts
                         Amherst MA 01003
                        (413) 545-4723 or tkfuller@eco.umass.edu

 

The University provides an intellectual environment committed to providing academic excellence and diversity including mentoring programs for faculty.  The College and the Department are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body and the curriculum The University of Massachusetts is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.