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Assistant Professor–Global Inland Fisheries

Fisheries and Wildlife
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. MSU offers a generous benefits package.
Posted Date
Sep 1, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking to fill an academic year (9-month) tenure track assistant professor faculty position.  The individual selected for this position will be expected to develop a regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized program centered on inland fisheries, with multi-national aspects and attention to global characteristics, trends, and/or magnitude of inland fisheries. The candidate should be interested in developing a research program with elements centered beyond North America, that addresses the role and importance of inland fisheries on a global scale and across national borders, acknowledging the importance of both sustainable capture fisheries and aquaculture to livelihoods and food security throughout the world. The candidate is expected to work with appropriate state, regional, national, and/or international partners to advance awareness of the importance of, and conditions facing, inland fisheries on a global scale.  

We seek a scientist with background in the application of fisheries science to decision making. Candidates with a range of disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, including but not limited to fisheries science, biology, ecology, economics, human dimensions, and governance.  Candidates who can complement current inland fishery expertise at MSU, take a quantitative approach, and promote and improve inland fishery assessment and management and the avoidance of environmental damage are particularly encouraged to apply.  An ideal candidate would be focused on how capture fisheries of various types (e.g., recreational, subsistence, commercial) interact with the environment, aquaculture, and other users of freshwater to affect food security and livelihoods. 

Position Duties: This position includes primary assignments in teaching and research, with important additional responsibilities in outreach and leadership/service that demonstrate the importance of inland fisheries to local, regional, and global communities.  The incumbent will teach two to three courses annually, consistent with their areas of expertise and departmental needs. Additionally, the individual hired will contribute towards a hub of excellence in global inland fisheries in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. The incumbent will secure external funding from diverse sources to support a vibrant research, teaching and outreach and engagement program, which includes advising graduate and undergraduate students. The incumbent’s program will be responsive to needs of external partners (e.g., the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the WorldFish Center, Native American tribal natural resource organizations (e.g., Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission), and the Michigan and other state/province Departments of Natural Resources) and provide outreach and consultation services to MSU agency partners around the world.

Required Qualifications

An earned Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to fisheries or aquaculture.

Understanding of fishery systems and fishery management issues related to capture fisheries and their interaction with the environment.

Evidence that the candidate will contribute substantial scholarship on global inland fisheries (i.e., will publish and obtain grants in areas related to the position).

Ability to engage with partners (e.g., FAO, WorldFish, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, Michigan and other Departments of Natural Resources) and community stakeholders through collaborative outreach

Evidence of ability to implement and evaluate high-impact evidence-based teaching and learning practices for undergraduate and graduate education

Evidence the candidate will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at MSU and in the field of fisheries.

Desired Qualifications:

Skills in quantitative, data poor assessment.

Track record in producing peer-reviewed publications.

Track record in obtaining extramural grant funding.

Experience and evidence-based ideas for developing a program relevant to fisheries governance/policy or management.

Postdoctoral experience or other post-PhD professional work experience in general area of fisheries management.

Experience and/or background in aquaculture.

Ability to lead and contribute to interdisciplinary teams.

Instructions for Applying:



On the MSU Public Job Board posting #804362 ( submit an application that includes:


  • A letter of application (2 page maximum) describing how your interests, background, and professional experience match the job description. A vision statement for the position (2 page maximum), explicitly linking to the vision, mission and strategic plan of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU (available here: ). A teaching and student mentoring philosophy (1 page maximum). An explanation (2 page maximum) of how you will contribute to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through this position. Curriculum Vitae Names and contact information for 3-5 professional references.


For additional information, interested individuals can contact the Search Committee Chair (please include GIF22 in the subject line):

James (Jim)  R. Bence, William E. Ricker Professor of Fisheries Management,

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife - Michigan State University (MSU)

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years.  A member of the Association of American Universities, MSU is a research-intensive institution with 17 degree-granting colleges.




MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential.  The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.  MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.






The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is an international leader in integrating research, teaching, and engagement to positively affect local, regional, national, and global outcomes in natural resources

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