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Research Biologist and Instructor

Date Posted: 19 Nov 2015 (Show details)

Institution: Shedd Aquarium
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Closing date: Review of applications begins 9 December 2015 and will remain open until filled.

The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois is seeking candidates for a full time research and teaching position focusing on freshwater ecology in the Great Lakes region. The selected candidate is responsible for developing and executing an applied research project focusing on Great Lakes fishes, with special emphasis on migration and movement patterns. Research using the aquarium facilities of the Conservation Research Department is encouraged, as well as using other existing Shedd assets when appropriate. Some outreach effort (e.g. Great Lakes FishFinder app) is also expected. The annual non-salary budget is up to $20,000 per year.

Responsibilities will also include serving as lead instructor for a Freshwater Ecology class offered through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA). ACCA is a consortium of 15 private liberal arts colleges, founded to promote cooperation in education and training in the sciences. The semester-long, 3-credit hour course is offered in the fall with a required field component. The successful candidate would be responsible for developing lecture material, organizing field excursions, teaching the course, and managing associated logistics.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Partner with regional academic and agency researchers to coordinate and collaborate on priority research topics. Shedd has particularly strong ties with the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and joint research and outreach projects are encouraged (e.g. migratory fish studies; World Fish Migration Day outreach events)
  • Manage budget and logistics for own Great Lakes research project(s) and Freshwater Ecology course
  • Work with other Shedd staff to ensure smooth functioning of all logistical and practical aspects of the course
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Publicize research activities and results through blogs, tweets, and other social media in accordance with Shedd Public Relations guidelines
  • Work closely with the Shedd Development team (and potentially outside collaborators) to write grants to support research project(s)
  • Work with other Shedd departments as needed to enhance Shedd programming (e.g., Learning programs, Development and Marketing initiatives)

The candidate will be supervised by Shedd’s Vice President of Conservation Research in close collaboration with Dr. Peter McIntyre in the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, zoology, or other environmental science fields. The position requires strong scientific research skills, teaching experience, and ability to communicate at an academic and general-public level. Experience with grant acquisition, and publishing in peer-reviewed and general outlets is expected. Applicants must have a real interest in interdisciplinary applied science and have the ability to work independently and under limited supervision. Willingness to obtain Wilderness First Aid certification is required.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter (maximum length 1000 words) summarizing your background, teaching experience, and research interests; a curriculum vitae; a brief synopsis of research ideas addressing Great Lakes fish migrations/movement (maximum length 1000 words); and pdfs of two papers/manuscripts. Please also provide names and contact information for three references. The letter, CV, and reference information should be sent to Megan Rachal (jobs [at] sheddaquarium [dot] org).

To discuss the specifics of this position contact Dr. Chuck Knapp (cknapp [at] sheddaquarium [dot] org) or Dr. Peter McIntyre (pmcintyre [at] wisc [dot] edu). Information about the position can be found at Review of applications begins 9 December 2015, and will remain open until filled.

Assistant Professor in Marine Biology or Fisheries

Date Posted: 14 Nov 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Alaska Southeast
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Closing date: Initial review will begin on 15 January 2016

The Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau is seeking a qualified individual for a tenure-track position to begin August, 2016. This position will support undergraduate programs in Biology and Marine Biology, and a program emphasis in Fisheries. This is a 9-month per year, tenure-track position with a competitive salary and excellent package of benefits including negotiable relocation funds. This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit agreement.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology, Marine Biology, Fisheries, or related field.

This successful applicant will be responsible for teaching lower and upper division biology and marine biology courses, including fisheries-related courses in their area of expertise. Faculty at UAS are expected to establish an externally funded research program. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in genetics, pathology, development, or oceanography, and those that can provide local field and/or lab fisheries research and educational opportunities for undergraduates.

Initial review of applications will begin January 15, 2016. Please go to, reference posting # 0071490 to apply.

The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office.

Endowed Chair in Wildlife Biology

Date Posted: 10 Nov 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Montana
Location: Missoula, Montana
Closing date: Screening of applications will begin 10 January 2016 and continue until position is filled.

The Organismal Biology and Ecology program at the University of Montana seeks a leader in Wildlife Conservation Ecology to fill the John J Craighead Endowed Chair. We envision hiring at the associate level but will consider other ranks. This nine month appointment will have its home with the Organismal Biology and Ecology (OBE) group and will be integrally involved in the Wildlife Biology Program. Wildlife Biology is an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Division of Biological Sciences, the College of Forestry and Conservation, and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. The ideal candidate will work at the interface of basic and applied ecology to address fundamental issues in wildlife conservation. OBE and Wildlife Biology are internationally recognized programs comprised of interactive faculty with outstanding records of scholarship and teaching. The Wildlife Biology Program ranks as one of the top Wildlife/Conservation programs in the US. Both OBE and Wildlife have been recognized as Programs of National Distinction by the UM administration. The successful applicant will get to live and work in Missoula, a beautiful city in the northern Rockies, surrounded by some of the most extensive and wild public lands in the lower 48 states.

The University of Montana embraces diversity as a core value. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds are especially welcome.

About John J Craighead:

This position has been established to honor the remarkable career of Dr. John J Craighead, who called the University of Montana his academic home during 25 years as leader of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. His research experience across diverse taxa contributed to Dr. Craighead’s recognition by the National Geographic Society as one of the 20th century’s eminent scientists. Dr. Craighead was honored with the prestigious Aldo Leopold Award from The Wildlife Society and with the Individual in Academia Distinguished Service Award by the Society for Conservation Biology. His association with the University of Montana helped establish UM’s Wildlife Biology Program as one of the most distinguished programs in the United States.

About the University of Montana and Missoula:

Located in Missoula, the University of Montana is the flagship liberal arts institution in the state. It has approximately 13,000 students, including an active and growing graduate school. The University’s strategic goals include expanding total research productivity and growing its doctoral programs. Missoula is a city of approximately 70,000 people offering a high quality of life and many social and cultural amenities. The area includes abundant national and state forests, parks, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas that provide diverse research and recreational and opportunities.


The successful candidate will maintain a vigorous, externally funded research program, participate in our OBE and Wildlife graduate programs, and teach one undergraduate or graduate course per year to facilitate interactions with our outstanding students.

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

The candidate must:

  • Have a Ph.D.;
  • Demonstrate an internationally recognized record of research achievement and grant funding;
  • Demonstrate potential for or a record of teaching excellence;
  • Be able to communicate effectively with conservation stakeholders and the general public.

To Apply:

Applications must be submitted through the University of Montana Jobs website at and include:

  • Current CV;
  • Satement of research and teaching interests;
  • Three representative publications;
  • Contact information for three references.

Screening of applications will begin Jan 10, 2016 and continue until position is filled. Inquiries pertaining to the announcement can be directed to Creagh Breuner, Search Committee Chair, Ph: 406-243-5585 or E-mail: creagh [dot] breuner [at] umontana [dot] edu.

The University of Montana is an AA/EOE/ADA/Veterans preference employer. Minorities and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Position announcements can be made available in alternative formats upon request. Finalists will be subjected to a background check.

Assistant Professor - Marine Animal Physiology

Date Posted: 29 Oct 2015 (Show details)

Institution: University of Rhode Island
Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
Closing date: Review of applications will start on December 15, 2015

The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level to start in Fall 2016. The successful candidate will develop a high quality, nationally recognized, and externally-funded research program in marine animal physiology (integrative, comparative, ecological, or environmental). Teaching will include an upper-level course in marine organismal physiology and participation in the sophomore-level Marine Biology course, and will enhance both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate (MS, PhD) students is expected. The URI Marine Biology Program website ( provides more information about the program and research facilities at the University.

To Apply:

Applications must only be submitted online at job posting #SF00166. Please attach PDF documents to your online Faculty Profile Application:

  • Cover letter describing qualifications;
  • Curriculum Vitae to include the names and contact information for three professional references;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Interests;
  • “Other Documents” to include a Statement of Research Interests and Future Plans; and PDF’s of up to three published papers.

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jacqueline Webb (Jacqueline_webb [at] uri [dot] edu)

Review of applications will start on December 15, 2015, but consideration will be given to applications received by January 11, 2016.

The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Professor in Fisheries Biology

Date Posted: 21 Oct 2015 (Show details)

Institution: East Carolina University
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Closing date: Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Biology at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in Fisheries Biology, to begin August 15, 2016. We seek a broadly trained individual with a successful, innovative research program that addresses fundamental questions in fisheries biology. In support of ECU's strategic emphasis in coastal research, we seek applicants whose research programs can be applied to coastal ecosystems, including oceanic, estuarine or freshwater ecosystems.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program that involves work in a coastal area; teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in aquatic sciences such as: fisheries biology, environmental biology, and marine biology; mentor students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs; and contribute to ECU's research initiatives, centers, and institutes (Biodiversity Initiative, Center for Sustainability, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy). Candidates are expected to engage in university, regional, community, and professional service. Research foci should complement existing ECU research programs, which include groups taking interdisciplinary and ecological approaches. Departmental resources include a high performance computing facility, central environmental lab, genomics core facility, imaging facility, university-owned natural areas, and a fleet of field vehicles and small vessels (capable of electrofishing, trawling, gill netting, hydroacoustic surveys, including a new NSF-funded autonomous wave glider for fisheries research). ECU-AFS is an award-winning student subunit of the American Fisheries Society based in our department. East Carolina University students and faculty have collaborated extensively with scientists in the region at state and federal agencies (North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, NC Department of Natural Resources, APNEP, and the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory at Beaufort, NC) as well as academic partners (notably the UNC Coastal Studies Institute as well as UNC system universities, and Duke Marine Laboratory). 


A Ph.D. in Biology or Biology-related field with training in fish biology, invertebrate biology, or in fisheries and at least one year of postdoctoral research experience are required. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

To Apply:

Applicants must complete a candidate profile and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and a statement of teaching experience/philosophy online at using the position number 934009 - Tenure Track Faculty in Biology, Fisheries Biology. The curriculum vitae should include the names and contact information for at least three references. We will ask top candidates to have three reference letters sent to the Search Committee Chair via email within seven days of notification by the search committee.

Official transcript and original hard-copy reference letters are required upon employment. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Joseph Luczkovich (luczkovichj [at] ecu [dot] edu), Search Committee Chair. Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).

Proper documentation of identity and employability is required at time of employment.  

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