Position HIP 21-04 Assistant Professor of Quantitative Fisheries Ecology

University of California Davis
Davis, California
Oct 18, 2021
Dec 17, 2021
Aquatic ecology
Organization Type

Position HIP 21-04 Assistant Professor of Quantitative Fisheries Ecology

Assistant Professor of quantitative fisheries ecology

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis

As part of UC Davis' commitment to hire leading research faculty with an outstanding commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis announces an Assistant Professor faculty position (9-month) in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology.

As one of the country's leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for research, teaching, and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis' strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University's mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants' track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate's qualifications for a faculty appointment.


The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (WFCB), in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis, is recruiting an Assistant Professor of quantitative fisheries ecology. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities.

For this position, the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology is seeking applicants who advance the field of fisheries science and management, with an emphasis on innovative quantitative approaches. Particular, but not exclusive, consideration will be given to those with expertise in ecosystem-based fisheries management, broadly defined. The successful candidate will engage in collaborative and coordinated research with colleagues from across the campus, including the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Departmental service, collegiality, and excellence in teaching are highly valued in WFCB, and the appointee will be expected to participate in committee work, service, undergraduate and graduate advising, and other responsibilities that are shared by department faculty.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in multidisciplinary, quantitative fisheries ecology. The appointee is also expected to demonstrate evidence of potential for excellence in teaching. The appointee will be responsible for teaching existing courses and/or courses developed by the appointee that fill departmental needs, are consistent with the department's commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, and complement existing courses with a marine and/or quantitative focus. The appointee will be responsible for teaching 2-3 undergraduate courses annually and contribute to graduate level teaching and training. Depending on the candidate's expertise, potential topics across undergraduate and graduate levels for new courses include quantitative fisheries science or ecosystem-based management. Examples of relevant existing courses in the WFCB undergraduate curriculum include WFC 122 (Population Dynamics & Estimation) or WFC 144 (Marine Conservation Science). The appointee will regularly advise undergraduate and graduate students. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied agencies or other appropriate public stakeholders.

This position is part of the UC Davis “Sustainable Marine Resources Initiative (SMRI): The Future of Food from the Sea,” coordinated by the cross-campus Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (http://cmsi.ucdavis.edu). This hiring initiative has included two additional faculty positions in resource economics and aquaculture biology, as well as additional hires in partnership with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The appointee will also have the opportunity to participate in UC Davis' new NSF-funded, interdisciplinary graduate training program in Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions (https://cmsi.ucdavis.edu/nsf-research-traineeship/index.html).


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in fisheries science, ecology and evolutionary biology, applied mathematics and statistics, or an equivalent field. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability, or demonstrate the potential, to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in quantitative fisheries ecology.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Application materials must be submitted via the following website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2021.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list and funding record, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree, 4) research statement including accomplishments and future research plans relevant to the position description, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 7) four letters of reference, and 8) signed and uploaded “Authorization to Release Information” form. Additional inquiries should be directed to Dirk Van Vuren, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (mailto:dhvanvuren@ucdavis.edu).

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant's previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University's Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.


UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life

Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community. http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/programs/worklife/index.html

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is actively seeking the U.S. Department of Education's “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtemoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans' offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE), Senior Lecturers with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis - indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

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