Position Announcements

Assistant Professor Fish Ecology and Management



Assistant Professor
Fish Ecology and Management
Department of Watershed Sciences
Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University

The Department of Watershed Sciences
(http://www.cnr.usu.edu/wats) at Utah State University (www.usu.edu) is seeking
applications for a tenure-track position in freshwater fish ecology or
fisheries management. The division of activities will be approximately 50%
research, 40% teaching, and 10% service. This position is one of four in
aquatic ecology that we anticipate filling in the next three years, along with
multiple positions in water science in other departments as part of a
University-wide water initiative. The Department offers BS degrees in Fisheries
& Aquatic Sciences and Watershed & Earth Systems. It offers MS and PhD
degrees in Ecology, Fisheries, and Watershed Sciences.  The position is partially funded through the
Ecology Center (http://www.usu.edu/ecology/). 
The successful applicant will become an associate of the Center and will
be expected to contribute to Ecology Center programs. Funding covers the
9-month academic year, and the faculty member can acquire up to 3 months of
summer salary from extramural grants. We anticipate that the successful
candidate can begin by August 2014.



Research: The successful applicant will develop an
innovative, externally funded research program to support personal scholarship
and graduate student education. We are interested in candidates with strong
backgrounds in limnology or stream ecology whose primary research focus is on
either non-game or sport fish. Candidates who combine field-based and
experimental approaches in their research are especially encouraged to apply.
We anticipate the successful candidate will work closely with state and federal
natural resource agencies. Areas of specialization might include, but are not
limited to, physiological ecology of fish, trophic ecology, spatial ecology of
fish species and communities, ecological response of fish to global change, and
fish conservation and restoration.



Teaching: The successful applicant will be expected to
contribute to both undergraduate and graduate teaching with a course load of
6-8 semester hours per year.  Potential
courses could include fish diversity, fisheries management, general ecology,
graduate seminars in the candidate’s area of specialization, or other courses
as required by the Department.



Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in fish
ecology, fisheries, aquatic ecology, or a closely related discipline;
demonstrated expertise in fish ecology, fisheries management, or related
discipline; a record of peer-reviewed publication appropriate to career stage;
and evidence of excellence in teaching or the ability to develop into an
excellent teacher. Applicants should have interest in the integration of
physical and ecological sciences within a watershed context and have the
ability to communicate knowledge in a way that is useful for management and
policy.  Preferred Qualifications:
Postdoctoral experience is desirable.



Application: Applicants must submit all application
materials electronically via the Utah State University Human Resources web
site: http://jobs.usu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=59623. Please submit a
cover letter, a complete CV, the names and emails of 3 references, and
statements on your research interests and teaching philosophy. The research
statement should describe your specific research interests and how these will
complement those of current faculty within the Watershed Sciences Department.  Your teaching philosophy should describe your
qualifications for teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. Please
upload 1-2 published articles under the 'optional document' option. The
position is open until filled, but review of applications and letters of recommendation
will begin 12 February 2014.  Utah State
University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, encourages
applications from women and minorities, and has an active chapter of SACNAS.
Questions regarding the position should be directed to the Wayne Wurtsbaugh,
Search Chair, Dept. of Watershed Sciences, wayne.wurtsbaugh@usu.edu,
435-797-2584.



Area and Community: 
Utah State University is well situated for diverse research
opportunities ranging from desert rivers to alpine lakes and streams to large
reservoirs.  USU is located in Logan, a
community of 100,000 people and is 85 miles north of Salt Lake City.  It is situated in scenic Cache Valley, a
semi-rural mountain basin offering ski resorts, lakes, rivers, and
mountains.  The area has a low cost of
living and ample opportunities for a family-friendly professional life and
amenities one would find in large cities. For more information on Logan see
http://www.tourcachevalley.com/.