Assistant Professor, Fisheries Biology/Ecology – ANRD West Virginia University

The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources within the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University (, Morgantown, WV is pleased to invite applications for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Wildlife and Fisheries Resources (WFR) program. The position will focus on fisheries ecology with expertise in inland fisheries management and aquatic sciences. The position has a projected starting date of August 14, 2020.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach the equivalent of approximately three courses per year. This will be fulfilled by team-teaching (50% each) the undergraduate Wildlife & Fisheries Techniques class and the undergraduate Advanced Wildlife and Fisheries Management (capstone) class annually. An undergraduate Fish Management course will be taught annually. Examples of other possible upper-level courses include Aquaculture, Ichthyology, Wildlife and Fisheries Population Ecology, and Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology, according to the candidate’s expertise and needs of the program. The candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant externally funded, nationally and internationally recognized research program that complements existing program strengths in wildlife and fisheries ecology. The incumbent will advise undergraduate students, mentor graduate students, and publish research results in refereed journals. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with federal and state resource agencies to promote long-term partnerships focused on fish conservation and water resources.

Program: The Wildlife and Fisheries Resources program at West Virginia University is one of five program areas in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources ( The program offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. The program is housed within the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

Location: The main campus of West Virginia University is located in Morgantown, a small city of 31,000 in the Appalachian Mountains on West Virginia’s northern border adjacent to Pennsylvania. Morgantown was rated No. 1 Small City in America by Business Insider named Morgantown the ninth best college town in America. West Virginia University is the state’s major research, doctoral degree granting, and land-grant institution and is one of only 130 institutions to hold a R1, or research very high status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It serves over 29,000 students in 193-degree programs offered by 15 academic schools and colleges. The Division of Forestry and Natural Resources is home to more than 35 Faculty, and 600 undergraduate and graduate students. The Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program is home to 250 undergraduate students and 35 M.S. and Ph.D. students. Additional information is available at .

Salary: Salary for the position is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application: West Virginia University encourages applications from and nominations of women, disabled individuals, veterans, and members of minority groups. Applicants may apply for the position at Navigate to the position announcement by searching on the position title or the job number 11912.

Upload the following documents to complete your application for this Assistant Professor Fisheries Biology/Ecology position:

  • Letter of application that discusses qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A philosophy of teaching statement.
  • A research agenda.
  • Copies of graduate transcripts.
  • Contact information for three professional references.

Inquiries for additional information to be directed to: Dr. Robert Burns ( 304-293-6781.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

West Virginia University is strongly committed to diversity.

Qualifications :

  • Doctoral degree in Fisheries Science or a related field.
  • Strong record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Potential for obtaining and sustaining a research program from external grants is required.
  • Demonstrated teaching ability is required.
  • Able to effectively communicate with undergraduates, graduate students, clientele groups, and professionals in the fields of fish and wildlife ecology and management, and conservation biology.
  • Ability to work within interdisciplinary research groups such as the WVU Institute of Water Security and Science is important.
  • Candidates with fisheries-related research interests in large river and reservoir systems, contemporary quantitative ecology, climate science, or restoration sciences are of particular interest.

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University attempts to be responsive to dual career couples.

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