CFOS announces an opening for a President’s Professorship in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) was recently awarded a prestigious President’s Professor of Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems by the University of Alaska President. The Department of Fisheries within CFOS invites applications for this position, a tenure-track, full-time (9-months annual state support) President’s Professorship in Quantitative Fisheries and Ecosystems. The position will be based at either of our CFOS locations in Juneau or Fairbanks, Alaska. Applications are encouraged from creative individuals with a strong scientific and academic background who will complement the expertise of existing faculty and contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of Alaska’s world renowned fishery resources.

Sockeye salmon at Pedro Ponds. Photo by Peter Westley.

The successful applicant will guide the development of a new proposed Center for Quantitative Fisheries Excellence (CQFE) at CFOS. This center will provide the scientific basis for sustainable fisheries management in Alaska and will train the next generation of fisheries scientists and biometricians to meet workforce needs of state and federal fishery management agencies, nongovernmental and tribal organizations, and the fishing industry. The incumbent will be a nationally and internationally renowned leader in quantitative fisheries science and sustainable fishery management. The position is expected to be hired at the associate or full professor rank, although exceptional candidates at the assistant level may be considered. The successful candidate will possess cutting-edge expertise in multispecies and ecosystem models, novel quantitative fisheries stock assessment methods, management strategy evaluations, and applications of these approaches to ecosystem-based fisheries management. The incumbent will lead a vigorous Alaska-based fishery research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers. The President’s Professor will also teach graduate courses in these subject areas, as well as upper division undergraduate courses in the new Baccalaureate Program in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences to be jointly offered by UAF and the University of Alaska Southeast. This hire is a vital part of our strategy to strengthen the fisheries program in CFOS at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The incumbent will further enhance the profile of UA through service in both state and federal fisheries management arenas, and is expected to serve as member of organizations such as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee, a group of experts responsible for setting science-based catch limits for federally managed commercial fisheries in Alaska. More information about the position can be found on the CFOS website at www.cfos.uaf.edu/employment.

UAF is Alaska’s research university and Alaska offers unparalleled opportunities for freshwater and marine fisheries research. CFOS has 52 faculty, over 100 graduate students and more than 50 undergraduate students engaged in research in Alaskan waters and throughout the world (www.cfos.uaf.edu). The College offers academic programs in Fisheries at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels in Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, and Seward. These and other facilities throughout the state are linked by modern videoconference and distance-delivery technology. The Department of Fisheries maintains a strong program that includes 15 tenured or tenure-track faculty, two research faculty members, and four other faculty with primary appointments outside of the fisheries program. The current quantitative fisheries program is widely recognized as one of the core strength areas within the Department of Fisheries.

Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries biology, ecology, or a related field from an accredited university. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Disciplinary expertise for this position should be in the area of quantitative aspects of fisheries management and multispecies/ecosystem approaches. The applicant must be proficient in English, have experience teaching at the university level, and have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree. UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Interested applicants should submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a statement of interest and qualifications (including research, teaching, and outreach plans), (3) a curriculum vitae (CV), and (4) contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number).

Applications must be submitted through Careers at UA for Job Number 508265 at http://alaska.edu/jobs/. To ensure consideration, applications must be received no later than February 2, 2018 by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Gordon Kruse, Search Committee Chair, at 907-796-5458 or at ghkruse@alaska.edu.

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