Endowed Chair, Shellfish Aquaculture Program Coord., Assoc./Full Professor

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Present Position NumberF0049VRole TitleProfessor/12-MthPosition TitleEndowed Chair, Shellfish Aquaculture Program Coord., Assoc./Full ProfessorPosition Summary

UPDATE: Review date has been extended to February 2, 2020.

The School of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is William & Mary’s graduate school in marine science. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States. VIMS employs 55 full-time faculty members, over 250 staff, and has 90 graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs. There are four academic departments at VIMS: Biological Sciences, Aquatic Health Sciences, Fisheries Science, and Physical Sciences and several centers, including the Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center, Virginia Sea Grant and Marine Advisory Program. Further information on the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the School of Marine Science may be accessed through the web at: www.vims.edu.

Over its nearly 80-year history VIMS has supported the development of molluscan shellfish aquaculture through pioneering research, extension, disease diagnostics, breeding programs, and more, relying on expertise that is distributed throughout its academic departments and centers. VIMS aspires to provide critical research, development, training and outreach to position Virginia as the nation’s leader in molluscan shellfish aquaculture and establish VIMS as global leader in support of sustainable shellfish aquaculture.

VIMS is seeking to fill an endowed faculty position, the Acuff Associate/Full Professor in Marine Science, within its Department of Fisheries Science with a nationally and internationally recognized scholar whose expertise will complement our existing strengths in shellfish aquaculture and provide strategic leadership in coordinating our institute-wide Shellfish Aquaculture Program. The successful candidate would be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program, contribute to the development of an aquaculture curriculum, and participate in advisory service and outreach related to aquaculture, and provide leadership in driving the continued development of environmentally-responsible and economically-sustainable shellfish aquaculture.

We are seeking candidates who share VIMS’ commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence.

Required Qualifications


  • Ph.D. or similar terminal degree in marine science, fisheries science, or related field.

Competencies and Skills:

  • Strong record of scientific research, including publications and extramural funding, related to bivalve mollusc aquaculture.
  • Broad knowledge of issues related to shellfish aquaculture; specific expertise could lie in a wide range of areas relevant to shellfish aquaculture, including but not limited to commercial aquaculture methods, larval biology, aquaculture nutrition, aquaculture-environment interactions, aquaculture-society interactions, aquaculture health, genetics and breeding, and physiology .
  • Demonstrated leadership in the advancement of commercial aquaculture.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain collaborative teams.
Preferred Qualifications

Competencies and Skills:

  • Experience in mentoring and teaching graduate and undergraduate students or early career professionals.
  • Experience with aquaculture curriculum and practical training programs.
  • Experience translating research results into advice for federal, state and/or local agencies.
  • Evidence of interdisciplinary research.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Evidence of a high level of interest in and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Department181100 Fisheries ScienceLocationVIMS - GloucesterJob Open Date12/02/2019Review Begin Date02/02/2020Job Close DateOpen Until FilledYesJob CategoryInstructional FacultySpecial Application Instructions

For full consideration, please submit applications by February 2, 2020.
Applications received after February 2, 2020 will be considered if needed.

Application materials should be addressed to: Search Committee Chair, Shellfish Aquaculture Program Coordinator and should include:

1) a cover letter describing professional education, experience, and suitability for the position
2) a full curriculum vitae
3) a statement on research interests and teaching philosophy, including a specific statement on how the applicant is interested in and fully committed to diversity and inclusion (3 pages maximum)
4) the names and titles, institutional addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references.

Background Check Statement

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Statement
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Posted: 3/11/2020
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