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Assistant Unit Leader and Cooperative Assistant Professor

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Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri-Columbia

Salary: $76,721 to $99,741 per year, including a quality benefits package and relocation expenses

Start Date: 5/1/2021

Last Date to Apply: 12/17/2020

Position Details: U.S. Geological Survey seeks to hire an aquatic ecologist to serve as the Assistant Leader of the Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. The Missouri Cooperative Research Unit exists in partnership with the University of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Geological Survey, and Wildlife Management Institute, and has a three-fold mission of (1) graduate education, (2) research, and (3) technical assistance. The Assistant Unit Leader will be required to develop a robust, well-funded research program, teach and advise graduate students, participate fully as a faculty member at the University of Missouri, and collaborate with state and federal management agencies. More information about the U.S. Geological Survey, Cooperative Research Unit: and the University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources

Qualifications: The successful applicant will have a strong record of conducting research that advances fisheries science to enhance conservation of aquatic resources. A Ph.D. in fisheries science or a closely related field is required. Experience teaching and advising graduate students is strongly desired. The ideal candidate will have: demonstrated abilities and experience developing and conducting applied research on ecophysiology of crayfish, mussels, and stream fish related to 1) physiological response to environmental stressors such as water quality, pollution, contaminants, stream flow, biotic factors (including invasive species), particularly as it relates to recovery of imperiled species, 2) ability to scale-up research to address factors affecting community diversity and stream ecosystem function and health. Consistent with the mission of the Cooperative Research Unit program, successful candidates require a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, working collaboratively and productively with stakeholders and outside partners for science application and decision support. Successful candidates will need to be effective in securing and administering funds to strengthen and diversify the academic program in fisheries and aquatic sciences at the University of Missouri host university in its mission to educate future professionals and, in doing so, expand the national capacity of applied fisheries and aquatic science.

About MU: The University of Missouri-Columbia has nearly 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant small city that is consistently ranked among the top such places to live in across America, has a low cost of living, excellent schools and health care, and abundant public lands. Columbia and surrounding areas are home to several state and federal natural resources agencies with strong interest in conducting research. The School of Natural Resources awards Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources. Detailed information about the programs and faculty is available at The School has expertise in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, human dimensions of natural resources, quantitative ecology, and has strong collaborations with state and federal partners which are housed in Columbia.

Application: This is a federal position that requires a full faculty appointment. You must apply through USAjobs:

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Questions can be directed to Craig Paukert, Unit Leader and Cooperative Professor, at

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