Assistant Professor of Quantitative Fisheries Science

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Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:College of Fisheries&Ocean Sciences
Location: Juneau, Fairbanks
Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

The Department of Fisheries within the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor in Quantitative Fisheries to work at the CFOS Juneau Center. The College seeks candidates skilled in quantitative fisheries methods, statistics, and/or fisheries management to complement our existing strengths in these areas. This is a tripartite position involving research, service, and teaching the next generation of fisheries professionals. Come work in Alaska on some of the largest commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries in the world!




Additional position details:

This tenure-track faculty appointment is supported in part by NOAA’s Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomic Training (QUEST) program based at CFOS; the position provides 9 months of salary support with the expectation that the incumbent will secure external grants for 3 months of summer salary annually.  The position will be based at our CFOS Juneau Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, adjacent to the NMFS Ted Stevens Marine Institute located in Juneau, Alaska. Applications are encouraged from creative individuals with a strong scientific and academic background who will complement the expertise of existing faculty and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Alaska's world-renowned fishery resources.

The successful applicant will have a high level of proficiency in quantitative fisheries science, including stock assessment, and a track record of research and publication commensurate with his/her career stage. S/he will develop and teach courses in quantitative fisheries science. S/he will develop a robust research program in quantitative fisheries science that will produce knowledge critical for sustainable management of Alaska's fisheries resources, and in doing so will mentor undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral scholars. In fulfilling the position’s tripartite research, teaching, and service roles, the new faculty member will contribute directly to the training of the next generation of fisheries scientists and biometricians to meet the workforce needs of state and federal management agencies, NGOs, tribal organizations, and the fishing industry. The new faculty hire will play a key role in the proposed Center for Quantitative Fisheries Excellence.

The incumbent will lead a vigorous Alaska-based fishery research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers. This hire is part of a broader faculty hiring campaign at CFOS to strengthen fisheries, marine biology and ocean sciences research and academic programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The incumbent will be expected to teach graduate courses as well as upper division undergraduate courses in the Baccalaureate Program in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences jointly offered by UAF and the University of Alaska Southeast. The incumbent will further enhance the profile of UA through service in state, federal, private, tribal or industry fisheries arenas. Information about the position can be found on the CFOS website at

UAF is Alaska’s research university and Alaska offers unparalleled opportunities for freshwater and marine fisheries research. CFOS currently has 48 faculty, over 100 graduate students, and more than 50 undergraduate students engaged in research in Alaskan waters and throughout the world ( The College offers academic programs in Fisheries at the Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral levels in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, and Seward. These and other facilities throughout the state are linked by modern videoconference and distance-delivery technology. The Department of Fisheries maintains a strong program that includes 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty, two research faculty members, and four other faculty with primary appointments outside of the fisheries program.

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries, quantitative ecology, or a related field from an accredited university. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. The applicant must be proficient in English, have experience teaching at the university level, and have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree. UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Applicant Instructions:

Interested applicants must apply online.  If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact the UAF Office of Human Resources at (907)-474-7700. Specific questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Megan McPhee, Search Committee Chair, at (907) 796-5464 or at

Required applicant documents:

(1) a brief cover letter, (2) a statement of interest and qualifications (including research, teaching, and outreach plans), (3) a curriculum vitae (CV), and (4) contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number).

Review date:

Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Early applications are welcome but must be received no later than January 15, 2019 by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time to ensure full consideration. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position. This position will remain open until filled.

Education required for this position:

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries, quantitative ecology, or a related field from an accredited university.

Type and length of experience required for this position:

Postdoctoral research experience (preferred). The applicant must have experience teaching at the university level and have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position:

The successful applicant will have a high level of proficiency in quantitative fisheries science, including stock assessment. Candidates for this position should possess cutting-edge expertise in at least two of the following areas: (1) fisheries assessment methods, (2) statistical analysis, (3) fisheries biology and management.  Qualified applicants will possess the ability to advise and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, as well as develop and maintain a research program involving graduate and undergraduate students.  Successful applicants will also demonstrate the ability to provide professional and community service, including scientific advisory roles and interactions with stakeholders. The applicant must be proficient in English. 


Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

This position is part of the United Academics union (UNAC).

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:
The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at


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