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Graduate Assistantships in Ichthyology

Date Posted: 30 Aug 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington
Closing date: 15 December 2016

Two graduate assistantship positions at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washington are available in the lab of Luke Tornabene for MS or PhD students. The expected start date is Fall 2017.

Students will conduct specimen-based research in various topics in ichthyology, including but not limited to systematics, phylogenomics, population genetics, biogeography, and functional morphology. Projects involving the Burke Museum’s world-class collection of otoliths, larvae and juvenile specimens are encouraged. The positions are funded through a combination of internal funding, and contracts/grants with NOAA. Salary is approximately $2300/month plus tuition. 

Additional responsibilities may include curatorial duties at the Burke Fish Collection, teaching ichthyology labs, and participating in the NMFS Observer Training program.

Minimum qualifications:

A master’s degree is required for the PhD program. A bachelor’s degree is required for the master’s program. Competitive GRE scores and excellent written and oral communication skills are also required.

Preferred qualifications:

Applicants with research experience in ichthyology, natural history collections, molecular systematics, genetics, and/or bioinformatics are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for the graduate program in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences are due Dec. 15, at Prior to formally applying, applicants should email Luke Tornabene (Luke [dot] Tornabene [at] gmail [dot] com), and include a CV, a short description of your research interests, and contact information for three references.

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology

Date Posted: 25 Aug 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Murray Staty University
Location: Murray, Kentucky
Closing date: 15 October 2016

The Department of Biological Sciences at Murray State University invites applications for a tenure-track position to begin January 2016 or August 2017. The Department offers both undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) degrees in a broad range of disciplines.


Teach introductory and upper-level courses in biology, including the three core classes listed above. Conduct research, pursue external funding, and advise student research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supervise the student chapter of The Wildlife Society, and advise students towards careers as professional wildlife and conservation biologists.


Ph.D. in Biology, Wildlife Biology or closely related discipline with postdoctoral teaching or research experience. Candidates must be able to teach courses in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Policy & Administration, and Wildlife Techniques. Candidates must demonstrate research potential in wildlife biology as evidence by publications, grants, or other scholarly activity. Candidates must have ability to mentor undergraduates and master’s research students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with excellent teaching skills including use of modern classroom technologies, experience in student chapters of The Wildlife Society, experience interacting with state and federal wildlife agencies, strong research abilities, and who can teach Herpetology. 

To Apply:

Please visit and submit a letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research interests, and email addresses and phone numbers for three references.

The application deadline is October 15, 2016.

Please contact Dr. Howard Whiteman, Chair, Wildlife Biologist Search Committee at hwhiteman [at] murraystate [dot] edu with any questions.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

Coordinator of Zoological Collections

Date Posted: 24 Aug 2016 (Show details)

Institution: The University of Alabama
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Closing date: 31 August 2016

The Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Alabama is seeking a Corrdinator of Zoological Collections. The coordinator will oversee the day-to-day operations of Biological Sciences' Ichthyological, Herpetological, Invertebrate, and Frozen Tissue/DNA collections and their associated databases.

This position is responsible for:

  • Taxonomic identification of existing and new specimens;
  • Cataloging and computerization of new holdings;
  • Collections database management;
  • Preparation and maintenance of preserved fishes, amphibians and reptiles, decapods, bivalves and snails, and associated tissue and/or DNA samples;
  • Loans, acquisitions, and exchanges of preserved fishes, amphibians and reptiles, decapods, bivalves and snails, and associated tissue and/or DNA samples;
  • Ordering of curatorial supplies and maintenance of Biological Sciences research collections;
  • Supervision of curatorial maintenance activities by undergraduate work-study or hourly students and graduate students;
  • Conducting tours of the research collections and associated facilities;
  • Assisting with grant-writing to support scientific research, and collections operations and improvement;
  • Keeping records of collections usage and growth and prepare reports of collection activities;
  • Providing an education outreach program for primary and secondary students in the area.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in biology, zoology, or fisheries science with an emphasis on fishes and at least one year of experience in curation of biological collections with an emphasis on taxonomic identification of fishes.

To Apply:

Applications are only accepted online through The University of Alabama jobs website ( Please search for job no. 501652 or Coordinator of Zoological Collections.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Phillip Harris, Curator of Fishes (pharris [at] ua [dot] edu).

Assistant/Associate Professor in Fish Conservation Biology

Date Posted: 19 Aug 2016 (Show details)

Institution: University of Alberta
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Closing date: 10 November 2016

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Fish Conservation Biology. We are interested in applications from excellent candidates who study any aspect of fish conservation, using any taxonomic group(s), at any level(s) of organization. Use of empirical and/or theoretical approaches in the field or the lab are all welcomed.

The Department is one of the largest in North America, with 65 faculty members and 250 graduate students. This concentration of biologists offers a collegial environment for collaboration among ecologists, mathematical biologists, organismal biologists, molecular biologists, physiologists, and evolutionary biologists.

Exceptional infrastructure supported by both the Department and the Faculty of Science, includes field stations (e.g. Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre), an extensive aquatics facility, plant growth facilities, museums, and access to service units in chemical instrumentation, molecular biology, plant/soil analysis, and microscopy. Members of Biological Sciences benefit from interdisciplinary connections with members of many other departments in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a vibrant, forward-looking Department through teaching in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programmes; building upon their expertise to develop an independent, original, externally funded research programme that includes the ability to recruit and supervise undergraduate and graduate students; and contributing to a collegial environment through service.


The successful candidate must have a PhD and a proven record of leading-edge research, as well as demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching. Candidates with postdoctoral experience in ecology, as well as prior experience in teaching and mentorship, will be given hiring priority. The successful candidate will have a strong publication record demonstrating exceptional research expertise in ecology and show the ability or potential to obtain external funding from different programmes or sources to develop a strong research programme. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach courses in ecology at a diversity of levels and be an effective member of graduate committees for students that tackle a diverse range of ecological questions.

To Apply:

Candidates should electronically submit a curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research plans, a one-page statement of teaching interests, and reprints of their three most significant publications to fishconservationbio [at] ualberta [dot] ca. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the attention of the Chair to fishconservationbio [at] ualberta [dot] ca.

All correspondence should be addressed to: Dr. Michael Caldwell, Chair Department of Biological Sciences CW405 Biological Sciences Building University of Alberta Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2E9

The closing date is November 10, 2016. The effective date of employment will be July 1, 2017.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

Assistant Professor in Marine Environmental Science

Date Posted: 9 Aug 2016 (Show details)

Institution: Occidental College
Location: Los Angeles, California
Closing date: 2 October 2016

The Department of Biology at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Marine Environmental Science at the Assistant Professor level. This full-time faculty member will complement and strengthen our existing programs and offerings in Environmental Sciences and Marine Biology. Candidates must have a commitment to undergraduate teaching across the curriculum and implement a student-centered research program. We envision that this new faculty member will develop both research and teaching programs centered on the challenges of marine environmental sciences, including topics such as the urban-ocean interface, restoration ecology, oceanography, climate change, and global processes. The increasingly complex and interdisciplinary field of Marine Science is bursting with data richness at a variety of scales from remote sensing to sophisticated microscale experiments. Thus, preference will be given to applicants who are able to expand our offerings in quantitative reasoning and computational analysis, statistics, hypothesis testing, experimental design, and modeling. Optimally, these topics will include working with a variety of coding packages (ex. R, Python, Perl, etc.).

Occidental College is a nationally-ranked small liberal arts institution situated in Los Angeles. The College has committed itself to the marine sciences for over 100 years, and its location allows convenient access to marine research locations and facilities. The college also has a strong commitment to the environmental sciences including Environmental Science Concentrations within both the Biology and Geology majors. Oxy has a respected and productive marine program, highlighted by the Vantuna Research Group, a leader in marine research in the Southern California Bight. The College was a founding member of the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), a marine facility in the Port of Los Angeles that provides a home for both shore-based and offshore teaching and research activities. SCMI is currently working with AltaSea and the Port of Los Angeles to build a state-of-the-art marine lab in San Pedro, ~35 miles from campus.

Occidental is located in the culturally-rich Los Angeles neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Highland Park, near Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Lab, the Natural History Museum, and other major research institutions. The College is committed to academic excellence in a diverse community and supporting interdisciplinary and multicultural academic programs that provide a gifted and diverse group of students with an educational experience that prepares them for leadership in a pluralistic world. We, therefore, strongly encourage applications from candidates who will further Occidental’s mission of excellence and equity in their teaching and scholarship.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biology or related field, and a strong commitment to educating undergraduates through teaching and research.

The successful candidate is expected to a) participate in teaching an introductory- or intermediate-level biology course, as well as an intermediate- or upper-level marine environmental science course each year, b) develop a rigorous, externally fundable research program involving undergraduates, and c) participate in regular service to the department and the College.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including how you will support and enhance the College’s goal of building a strong educational environment in classrooms that have an ethnically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse student body (include teaching evaluations, evidence of effective advising, or other data, if available);
  • Statement of research interests, including how students will participate in or benefit from your research;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Three letters of recommendation (request writers to send separately).

Application materials should be addressed to Dr. Shana Goffredi, Chair, Marine Environmental Science Search, and sent by e-mail to oasin [at] oxy [dot] edu. Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2016.

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law. We strongly encourage all underrepresented candidates especially women and persons of color to apply.

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