Assistant or Associate Professor, Freshwater Fish Ecology

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Home Economics & Consumer Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of freshwater fish ecology. The department values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning and research environment that embraces all students, faculty, and staff. We are particularly interested in applications from persons identifying with groups currently underrepresented in natural resources fields, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, people of color, and underrepresented genders. This would include cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized.

We seek a candidate who can develop a research program in freshwater fish ecology to inform conservation and management. This can include research that is applied or basic, empirical or theoretical, focused on game or non-game species, and done at any geographical scale or region (e.g., Virginia, North America, international). The selected candidate will complement current departmental strengths in stream fish ecology; international fish and fisheries conservation; habitat, quantitative, community, disease, and spatial ecology; mollusk restoration, population dynamics, behavioral and population ecology, human dimensions, and physiology and toxicology. Researchers who can collaborate with a range of scientists and stakeholders, and that can secure funding from national and international funding sources are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to individuals with an established record of using interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research methods and a demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding, publish in high quality journals, and effectively disseminate research results to managers and the general public.

This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching (40%), research (50%), and service (10%). The successful individual will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise with an average teaching load of 1.5 to 2 courses per year. Advising and mentoring of both graduate and undergraduate students is required. Participation in departmental, college and university affairs and collaboration with faculty both within and across the university is strongly encouraged and expected.

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in field related to fish ecology from an accredited university by the time of appointment.
2. Demonstrated ability and interest in developing and teaching courses in ichthyology, fish ecology, fish conservation, or related content areas.
3. Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
4. Demonstrated commitment to collaborative research with state or federal agencies, foreign governments, NGOs, private industry, or some combination of these groups.
5. Demonstrated potential to attract research funding adequate to support an active research program, including graduate students.
6. Demonstrated commitment to the principles and practices of nurturing a diverse and inclusive community.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the university level.
2. Postdoctoral research experience.
3. Experience advising and directing the research of graduate or undergraduate students.
4. Research competencies that complement existing program strengths.
5. Record of attracting research funding to support an active research program.
6. Demonstrated potential to engage with state and federal agencies, as well as other national or international fisheries or conservation groups.
7. Demonstrated record of research and/or teaching addressing needs of under-represented communities, including racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

October 15, 2021

Additional Information


Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. The applicant should address his or her interest in the position by preparing a written statement of interests and experience related to teaching, research, and commitment to diversity. This statement should address qualifications relative to the position description and be limited to three pages. All application materials must be submitted electronically, using the online system at , referring to posting number 517532. Review of candidate files will begin on October 15, 2021, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Candidates selected for interview will have to provide university transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

More information on the position can be found . Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Leandro Castello, Chair, Search Committee: Freshwater Fish Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, 100 Cheatham Hall (0321) Blacksburg, VA 24061. Phone: 540-231-5046 or email .

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dana Keith at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: September 16, 2021
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