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Assistant Professor: Ichthyology

Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
Closing date
Apr 24, 2024

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Faculty, Assistant Professor
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Assistant Professor: Ichthyology

Oregon State University

Department: Fisheries and Wildlife (AFW)

Appointment Type: Academic Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience

Job Summary:
The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor, Ichthyology position.

The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (FWCS) in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Ichthyology. For over 85 years, FWCS has been teaching students to think critically about the problems our planet and ecosystems are facing while we conduct impactful research related to wild animals, their habitats, and human-ecological systems. We actively promote science-based conservation solutions and sustainable management practices, engaging with federal and state agencies, landowners, fisheries, Tribes, and many other partners. Our work increasingly integrates biological, physical, and social sciences, and we share our studies of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems widely. The incumbent will complement and enhance our reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and engaged research.
We seek a colleague who has a demonstrable commitment to working and promoting inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds in research, education, and outreach. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and especially encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of inclusive excellence. OSU is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors, and employees. Faculty members in the College of Agriculture design, develop, maintain, or carry out Extension programs that serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized.

For more information on our commitment to inclusive excellence, see and .

FWCS is an academic unit that reports to the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Department is composed of approximately 300 staff, including academic faculty, research assistants, classified staff, graduate students, and temporary staff. Over $8 million of externally funded grants and contracts are received each year in support of science focused on basic ecological research, conservation, and sustainable use of fish and wildlife and their habitats. The Department is the largest in the College of Agricultural Sciences, with over 40 professors and 1200 students in 8 degree and certificate programs, including one Bachelor of Science degree, five graduate degrees, and two graduate certificates. We are a vibrant department that promotes a supportive atmosphere for all students and employees.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academics, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for extension and outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences. There is an expectation that, as part of their role in the college, the incumbent will embody and advance the principles and practices conveyed in the CAS CARE Commitment document.

Oregon State University's commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our Strategic Plan articulates the strategies we believe are critical to advancing and equalizing learner success. The College of Agricultural Sciences is likewise committed to the success of all learners accessed through its extension and outreach programs.

This position carries the general and specific responsibilities of a faculty member described in the Faculty Handbook and the promotion and tenure guidelines of Oregon State University. These include effective research and teaching programs, demonstrable scholarship and creative activity, outreach and public engagement, service contributions, and active professional development.

We are actively recruiting for several faculty positions and we want you on our team! View additional FWCS opportunities here:

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
• For more interesting facts about OSU visit:


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
40% Research and Scholarship

  • Maintain an externally funded research program in ichthyology that utilizes the OSU Ichthyology Collection and adheres to OSU’s requirements for research integrity, compliance, and safety.
  • Conduct research in areas such as, but not limited to: systematics, phylogenetics and adaptation, including responses to climate change, biogeography of fishes, or biodiversity and conservation of fishes.
  • Conduct applied research that is informed by regional management needs.
  • Conduct research that leads to scholarly outcomes, including refereed journal articles, oral and poster presentations, abstracts, and proceedings of professional meetings, and other forms of scholarship that are original, reviewed by peers, and disseminated.
  • Mentor and supervise graduate research assistants and undergraduate researchers who contribute to research accomplishments, including serving as major professor.
  • Serve as an investigator on a USDA-NIFA Hatch collaborative or Hatch multistate project.
  • Perform research program management duties such as employee supervision, grant application, budget management, and compliance.


30% Teaching and Advising

  • Teach 2-3 assigned FWCS courses per year (including FW 315 Ichthyology and FW 316 Systematics of Fishes) in accordance with the department’s compensation policy. OSU is on a quarter system.
  • Engage with our online education program including supervision of two or more online courses that are taught by your graduate students or department instructors.
  • Provide academic and career advising for 20-30 undergraduate students per year.
  • Serve on committees of graduate students for which you are not serving as major professor.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in teaching and mentoring, including efforts that promote equitable outcomes among learners of diverse and underrepresented identity groups.

20% Museum Curation and Outreach

  • Serve as Curator of the OSU Ichthyology Collection, including oversight of maintenance and expansion of the collection, database management, and coordination of access to the collection’s holdings.
  • Supervise one or more Faculty Research Assistants who serve as Collections Manager for the Ichthyology Collection.
  • Seek external funding for museum and/or collection enhancements and engage students in the upkeep and use of the Collection.
  • Periodically communicate technical and non-technical information about the Collection to natural resource professionals, extension agents, educators, and the public, orally and in writing.
  • Work with other FWCS faculty on collections management for bird and mammal holdings.
  • Carry out special assignments such as collection facilities management; website, social media, or unit communications; etc.

10% Service

  • Serve the profession by participating in relevant professional organizations, refereeing for professional journals and granting agencies, and/or by serving as an advisory member for state, federal, or international agency committees.
  • Serve and actively participate on departmental, College, and/or University committees.
  • Support the department, college, and university goals for enhancing community and diversity.
  • Other activities in support of the University and its units, or the Profession.

What You Will Need
A PhD degree in ichthyology, fish ecology, fisheries science, or a closely related natural resource field by position start date.
Expertise in natural history, phylogenetic, biogeographic, and/or ecological relationships of fishes.
Applied and basic research experience related to systematics, behavior, physiology, population or community ecology, or conservation and management of native and wild fishes.
Experience or interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
Demonstrated commitment to working professionally and inclusively with people from diverse backgrounds.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

What We Would Like You to Have
Experience working with vertebrate collections.
Record of publication in the primary scientific literature.
Teaching experience and demonstrated strengths in teaching.
Experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
Experience with online teaching.
Evidence of participation in public education and outreach, including communication and collaboration with natural resource managers, administrators, Tribes, or stakeholders.
Record of working with underrepresented/underserved students or other audiences.
Life experience, education, or training that broadens capacity to equalize student success or positively impact underserved audiences.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Work will typically take place in an office or lab environment and travel will be required for field research and presentations. Evening and weekend work may be required for travel to research sites, conferences, and/or presentation locations. Work may take place in varying field conditions and environments.

Special Instructions to Applicants
We are actively recruiting for several faculty positions and we want you on our team! View additional FWCS opportunities here:

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 14, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

Applicants will be required to attach the following electronic documents, which should speak to how their qualifications and experience have prepared them for this position. Specifically, applicants will need to attach the following items:

1) Cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the position and clearly showing how they meet all of the required qualifications of the position, as well as any applicable preferred qualifications.

2) Curriculum Vitae (finalists will be required to give an open presentation which may include the distribution of their curriculum vitae and a short biography).

3) A Research Statement (two pages or less) – Summary statement describing the applicant’s proposed research program and how it will leverage strengths of the Department, College, and University.

4) A Teaching Statement (two pages or less) – Summary statement describing the applicant’s teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and how these could be applied to the courses taught at OSU.
5) Statement of Curational Experience (two pages or less, upload as other document 1) – Summary statement of your previous experience with natural history collections and outline your vision for the development and maintenance of the department’s fish collection; and

6) A Diversity Statement (two pages or less) – Pursuant to the college’s vision for cultivating a diverse and inclusive community, please provide a supplemental statement about how your past and/or potential contributions might serve to advance FWCS’s commitment to teaching and mentoring people from a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. This could include:

  • A statement of values as they relate to your understanding and commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and/or justice in higher education.
  • Examples of experiences that demonstrate your commitment to fostering the success of underrepresented students, staff, and peers, and supporting a diversity of perspectives in the classroom, lab, campus, or community.
  • Future plans for continuing to advance inclusive excellence, diversity, or equity in your research, teaching, and service.


You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:
| Jonathan Armstrong and Ivan Arismendi
| 541-737-1080 or 541-737-2639
Letters of reference will be requested from finalists only. When applying, applicants will be asked to provide the email address and telephone number for three referees. References will be sent a secure link that allows them to upload the requested letters of reference on your behalf.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.
OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has “critical or security-sensitive” responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSU’s Employee and Labor Relations team at

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