Assistant Professor of Fisheries - College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Assistant Professor of Fisheries - College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

  • 527380
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Juneau, Alaska, United States
  • Faculty Full-time
  • On Campus
  • UNAC Grade 30
  • UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions (9-month annual support) at the assistant professor level in the Department of Fisheries, with at least one position based in Fairbanks, Alaska. Applications are encouraged from individuals with strong scientific and academic backgrounds, with a committed desire to contribute to academic excellence at UAF. Successful candidates will complement the expertise of existing faculty and contribute to high-quality teaching, research, and service. UAF is a federally recognized Alaska Native-serving institution that supports bridging Indigenous and Western sciences.

UAF is Alaska’s research university, America’s Arctic university, and a world leader in both Arctic and climate-change research. The successful applicants will enjoy opportunities for collaboration within CFOS’s world-class, high-latitude research programs in marine, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems. The College offers a B.S. in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, a B.A. in Fisheries, Minors in Marine Science and Fisheries, Master of Marine Policy, Master of Marine Studies and Blue MBA degree programs, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries Coastal facilities include the Seward Marine Center, the NOAA-UAF Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, and the Lena Point Fisheries Facility co-located with the NOAA Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute. CFOS operates the 261-foot Global Class ice-capable research vessel Sikuliaq. The College has over 150 faculty, researchers and staff, more than 100 graduate students, and a growing undergraduate degree program in fisheries and ocean sciences. The Department of Fisheries maintains a strong program that includes 13 tenured or tenure-track faculty, two research faculty members, and four other faculty with primary appointments outside of the fisheries program.

To thrive in this role, candidates will be expected to lead vigorous Alaska-based research programs that involve undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Candidates will also be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in areas of their expertise. We particularly encourage submissions from individuals with expertise in quantitative ecology and population dynamics modeling, ecosystem-based fishery management and modeling, socio-cultural dimensions of fisheries, Indigenous fisheries and community-driven research, environmental physiology, and fisheries oceanography.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries, biology, ecology, anthropology, or closely related field. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Applicants must be proficient in English, have experience teaching at the university level, and have a strong research and publication record. A valid driver's license and clean driving record in compliance with UA Safe Driving Criteria is required.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization. We welcome applicants to bring their unique perspectives and identities through their culture, national origin, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, age, religion and beliefs.

Position Details:

At least one position will be based on the Troth Yedda' campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. These are full-time, FLSA exempt, tripartite tenure-track faculty positions complete with both a competitive salary (starting pay is DOE) and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. 

Positions will be open until filled, with initial review of applications beginning on January 31, 2024; to ensure full consideration, you must apply by January 30, 2024 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Interested applicants must submit: (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a statement of experience and approaches to research, teaching, and service/engagement, (3) a curriculum vitae, (4) a sample publication or creative product, (5) a statement reflecting their commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment and academic experience, and (6) contact information for three references (address, email, and phone number).

These positions are represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC). http://www.unitedacademics.net/


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


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


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Peter Westley, Search Committee Chair, at 907-474-7458 or at pwestley@alaska.edu.

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