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Assistant Professor of Freshwater Fish Ecology — NC State University

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The Department of Applied Ecology at NC State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in freshwater fish ecology. We seek candidates who conduct innovative, quantitative research that develops and applies ecological principles to address issues related to freshwater fish conservation and management.

The successful applicant will:

  1. Build on departmental strengths in aquatic ecology, marine and freshwater fish ecology, organismal ecology, conservation, and management to develop a robust, externally funded research program;
  2. Have the opportunity to develop collaborations with outside cooperators (e.g., the USGS North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology, the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Aquatic Plant Management Program, the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program, the USGS Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission);
  3. Teach an undergraduate course at the intersection of fish ecology and human dimensions (such as Fisheries Science/Management) and a course in the candidate’s area of expertise, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students;
  4. Conduct extension activities related to fisheries and conservation (such as pond management) in North Carolina and other areas;
  5. Support the University’s mission, vision and values of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community through their research, teaching, and service activities.

Minimum education and experience: A PhD in a relevant field.

Other required qualifications: Peer-reviewed publication and successful grant funding in aquatic ecology; teaching experience in ecology or related fields. Commitment to strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion practices within the Department.

Preferred qualifications: Individuals with post-doctoral or related experiences. Evidence of: mentoring students; communicating science to diverse audiences; acquiring competitive research funding; working with state, federal or other management agencies. Experience teaching fisheries science or other fish ecology or management courses; peer-reviewed publication in freshwater fish ecology.

Items to include in application: cover letter; C.V.; teaching, research, and outreach/engagement statements (1 page each); contact information for three references.

Interested candidates may apply at The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 6, 2024. Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Professor Jeff Buckel, at

Target start date: Summer 2024