Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Associate Professor/Professor of Fisheries and Ecosystems

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Juneau or Fairbanks, Alaska
Closing Date
6 May 2018

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), invites applications for the prestigious President’s Professor of Fisheries and Ecosystemsan. While the position is expected to be hired at the associate or full professor rank, exceptional candidates at the assistant level will be considered. This tenure-track position is fully funded for 12 months over the first 3 years, and thereafter receives 9-months of funding with the expectation that the incumbent will secure grants for 3 months of summer support annually. 

The position will be based at either of our CFOS locations in Juneau or Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful applicant will help train the next generation of fisheries scientists, biologists and biometricians to meet workforce needs of state and federal fishery management agencies, nongovernmental and tribal organizations, and the fishing industry. The incumbent will lead a vigorous Alaska-based fishery research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers. The incumbant will teach graduate courses as well as upper division undergraduate courses in the new Baccalaureate Program in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences jointly offered by UAF and the University of Alaska Southeast.

The President’s Professor will be a nationally and internationally renowned leader in fisheries science and sustainable fishery management. 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, such as serving as member of organizations such as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (NPFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee, a group of experts responsible for setting science-based catch limits for federally managed commercial fisheries in Alaska.

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 successful candidate will possess cutting-edge expertise in one or more of the following areas: (1) multispecies or ecosystem models, (2) fisheries assessment methods and management strategy evaluations that incorporate environmental and ecological interactions, (3) modeling of species-environment relationships, (4) ecosystem-based fisheries management, or (5) other ecosystem approaches to fisheries. 

  • Qualified applicants must have a Ph.D. in fisheries, ecology, or a related field from an accredited university; 
  • Postdoctoral research experience is preferred;
  • Experience teaching at the university level;
  • Have a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree;
  • Must be proficient in English.

To Apply:

Interested applicants must apply online at alaska.edu/jobs/. The following applicant documents are required:

  • Brief Cover Letter;
  • Statement of Interest and Qualifications (including research, teaching, and outreach plans);
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number).

Also, please note that a 10-minute overview presentation that describes the candidate’s vision for a research program based in Alaska will be required of those candidates selected for a phone interview.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact the UAF Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7700. Specific questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Gordon Kruse, Search Committee Chair, at 907-796-5458 or at ghkruse [at] alaska.edu.

Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Early applications are welcome but must be received no later than May 6, 2018, by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time to ensure full consideration. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position. This position will remain open until filled.

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


This position is part of the United Academics union (UNAC) and is subject to union dues as a condition of employment in a collective bargaining unit.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at: http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

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