The Department of Natural Resources Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is seeking applications for a 9-month, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Science. Position will emphasize fish-habitat relationships, fish population biology, and/or aquatic ecosystem management and will focus on human-impacted freshwater, estuarine or coastal ecosystems. Research topics include, but are not limited to: effects of climate and land use changes on aquatic and fish communities, restoration of aquatic communities, and/or impacts of contaminants and exotic species on aquatic environments. Previous teaching experience at a university level is desirable. A doctoral degree in Fisheries Science or Ecology field is required. Expertise relevant to urban-wild-land interfaces is preferred. The candidate will be expected to develop independent and collaborative research programs that help to meet the research needs of state, federal and non governmental organizations; build departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations; and develop an innovative teaching program at the undergraduate and graduate levels incorporating new initiatives in teaching and learning. Teaching responsibilities will include a sophomore-level water and fish conservation course, an upper level course in aquatic ecology, and a graduate course in candidate’s field of expertise.

The applicant’s experience should demonstrate the ability to work across disciplinary lines in both the natural and social sciences and the potential to attract external funding. Successful applicants will be expected to serve as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the department. The University of Massachusetts Amherst places special emphases on faculty-student interaction and a commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.

APPLICATION: Earliest start date is September 1, 2009. Review of applications will begin January 5, 2009. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching goals, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references to:

Curt Griffin, Chair
Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Science Search Committee
Department of Natural Resources Conservation
Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
413-545-2640 email:

The University is part of the 5-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 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.

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.