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Assistant/Associate Professor, Quantitative Fisheries Science (81870)

Employer
University of Florida
Location
Florida, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 10, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Full Time
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This position is now posted in Careers at UF ( https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/519651 ). Previous applicants are not required to re-apply.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), available in the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Tenure will accrue in the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. Duties will include research and teaching relating to the development and application of advanced quantitative methods in fisheries stock assessment and other areas of fisheries science. The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program. The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in their program area.

The position represents an important component of a strong, established fisheries science program and growing programmatic emphasis at UF and IFAS on sustainable fisheries, marine ecosystems, and the global seafood system. UF and IFAS are also focused on broader inter-disciplinary efforts with many collaborators (i.e. Florida Sea Grant, other UF units, academic institutions, local/state federal agencies, and the private sector) to address the challenges of sustainable fisheries and marine resource conservation in the context of environmental change. Particularly relevant to this position are collaborations with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and with the NOAA Southeast Fishery Science Center, both of which maintain active stock assessment programs. This position is thus part of an integrated, interdisciplinary initiative to support the sustainable management and use of state, regional, and international marine resources.

The desired focus of the position is the development and application of advanced quantitative methods to fisheries stock assessment and to the wider field of marine resource and fisheries sustainability. In addition to fisheries stock assessment, areas of application may include for example population, ecosystem and fisheries system modeling; management strategy evaluation, and spatial fisheries modeling and analyses.

The successful candidate will develop and implement a world-class research and teaching program in quantitative fisheries stock assessment and management. The candidate will identify and address needs and opportunities for advanced quantitative methods to contribute to fisheries sustainability. In pursuit of these goals, the candidate will work closely with partner institutions at the state, national and international levels and provide education and training in quantitative methods to undergraduate and graduate students as well as professional audiences.

The applicant should possess an excellent quantitative skill set and a research record or high demonstrated research potential in their discipline, and the ability to teach an introductory, as well as an advanced fisheries stock assessment, class. Demonstrated interest in and aptitude for interdisciplinary applied research is desirable. The applicant should also have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the motivation to work in multidisciplinary teams. The successful candidate will be expected to secure external funding to support their research program, publish in appropriate disciplinary and interdisciplinary national and international journals, and thus develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program. The successful candidate is expected to promote a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of their work.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

The School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences (SFFGS) is an interdisciplinary school housing programs in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Forest Resources and Conservation, and Geomatics. The SFFGS has 60 faculty members, 60 administrative and programmatic staff, 250 graduate students, and 350 undergraduate students. The School offers bachelor’s degrees in Geomatics, Forest Resources and Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation, and Marine Sciences; thesis and non-thesis master’s degrees in all focal areas, including a number of innovative distance education master’s programs; and Ph.D. degrees in all focal areas.

The School is committed to supporting work-life balance, and creating an environment that promotes and supports a more diverse and welcoming faculty, student body, and overall workforce within the School. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, cooperative extension/outreach, mentoring, and professional service.

The Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program is a top-ranked, uniquely comprehensive academic program with particular strengths in the areas of sustainable fisheries, marine and freshwater ecology, aquaculture, and aquatic animal health.

Together with existing faculty, the successful candidate will have unique opportunities for developing interdisciplinary, collaborative projects and shaping UF-wide research and teaching activities. Partners in these initiatives include the Department of Food and Resource Economics, the Department of Soil and Water Sciences, the UF Food Systems Institute, plus other interdisciplinary programs.

Required:
  • A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in fisheries science, mathematics/statistics, quantitative ecology or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated research experience related to quantitative fisheries stock assessment
  • Demonstrated ability or good potential to teach quantitative fisheries stock assessment
  • Demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication and interpersonal relationships.
  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, procurement of extramural funding.
  • Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system and committed to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Preferred:
  • Postdoctoral research experience
  • Experience of working in or in collaboration with fisheries management agencies
  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for innovative contributions to quantitative fisheries science
  • Record of engagement in workshops and/or publications aimed at advancing the science and practice of fisheries stock assessments
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in engaging with broader, multi-disciplinary research efforts related to marine resource and fishery sustainability
For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 31 December 2021. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Nominations

Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 81870

Kai Lorenzen

Chair, Search and Screen Committee University of Florida

School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences

7922 NW 71st Street

Gainesville, FL 32653

Telephone: 352-273-3646

Facsimile: 352-392-3646

Electronic Mail: klorenzen@ufl.edu

Application Information
  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/94349 and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Research statement
    • Teaching statement
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement
    • Unofficial transcripts
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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