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Assistant Professor, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

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Position: The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) at the University of Vermont (UVM) invites applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fisheries Biology. Qualified candidates should have a strong foundation in fisheries biology and a research focus that addresses questions of ecological and management importance and supports basic and applied questions related to fisheries (e.g., fish behavior, fish health, conservation genetics, population dynamics, and/or community ecology). We seek candidates who apply creative and innovative approaches to research and teaching, possess strong leadership potential and communication skills, facilitate and promote inclusive research and teaching environments, and want to collaborate with scientists, managers, policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and diverse communities and stakeholders at local to international levels.Responsibilities: The workload is 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service. The successful candidate is expected to build a vibrant research program that addresses issues related to the conservation, management, and/or ecology of fish populations and communities, and includes a Lake Champlain-focused research program that leverages our new hybrid research vessel Marcelle Melosira. Service expectations minimally include contributing to school and university committees. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses (typically two course-equivalents per semester) including but not limited to Fisheries Biology & Techniques, Fisheries Management, and Ichthyology. They will serve as an academic advisor for Rubenstein School undergraduate students in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology major and provide mentorship and guidance to undergraduate students conducting research, internships, and independent studies. The successful candidate will supervise graduate students (MSc and PhD), serve on graduate student committees, and develop an extramurally funded research program that leads to publications in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets and presentations to local, regional, national, and international audiences. They may also teach courses in the graduate curriculum.Qualifications: A PhD in fisheries biology or related field is required by the end of 2023, as is a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational, research, and service experiences. Candidate research portfolios should include an applied approach to issues of fisheries management, fish ecology, and aquatic communities. Candidates should have familiarity with multiple traditional fish assessment methods (e.g., trawling, gillnetting, electrofishing). Candidates should also have a demonstrated track record of scholarly productivity commensurate with career level (e.g., publications in peer-reviewed journals, data products), and demonstrated potential to secure extramural funding, develop collaborative relationships (e.g., with peers, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and stakeholders), and successfully lead a productive and inclusive research program. Commensurate with their career stage, applicants should have demonstrated capacity to deliver quality and impactful teaching, and mentoring/advising undergraduate and graduate students.The Rubenstein School is dedicated to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. We apply an equity lens to our teaching, research, and service and are working to create a climate of inclusivity and empowerment where all faculty, staff, and students flourish.Application: Review of applications will begin on 31 October 2023. We anticipate a start date of mid-August 2024. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our community. In lieu of a diversity statement, applicants should address their experiences, abilities, and vision around DEI in each of their (1) letter of interest [2 pages max, 12-point font], (2) statement of teaching philosophy [2 pages max, 12-point font], and (3) statement of research [2 pages max, 12-point font]. Applicants must also submit (4) a curriculum vitae, and (5) contact information for three references. No other documents will be accepted (e.g., PDFs of published papers, teaching evaluations, reference letters). Applications are to be submitted to Inquiries may be made to Dr. Jason Stockwell, Chair, Fisheries Biology Search Committee, at University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.Setting: The campus of the University of Vermont is situated near Lake Champlain between the Green and Adirondack Mountains and sits within a place of gathering and exchange, shaped by water and stewarded by ongoing generations of Indigenous peoples, in particular the Western Abenaki. UVM respects the Indigenous knowledge interwoven in this place and commits to uplifting the Indigenous peoples and cultures present on this land and within our community. Burlington, VT is consistently voted one of the best small cities in the US, with an increasingly ethnically and culturally diverse population. UVM was ranked as the #3 Green Campus by the Princeton Review. The Rubenstein School has 49 tenure-track, research, and teaching faculty, 975 undergraduates, and 120 graduate students in both MSc and PhD programs. The Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is based in the Rubenstein School and large research groups include the Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Aiken Forestry Science Laboratory (jointly operated with the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Forest Research Station), and Gund Institute for Environment. UVM also has four university-owned research forests and 10 natural areas in the state.TIMELINESep 21 Open positionNov 7 Deadline for applications (evaluate diversity of candidate pool)Nov 8-30 Review applications and select first round of candidatesDec 1-7 Conduct telephone interviewsDec 8-22 Select final 3-4 candidatesJan 22-Feb 4 Interview candidates on campusFeb 14 Submit final report to the Dean

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