Aquatic and Fishery Sciences – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor WOT

Seattle, Washington State
Aug 10, 2018
Sep 28, 2018
Organization Type
University and College

Aquatic and Fishery Sciences – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor WOT

Position Overview

Organization: College of the Environment, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor without Tenure, Associate Professor without Tenure, Professor without Tenure

Position Details

The University of Washington (UW), Department of the Interior, and Washington Departments of Ecology, Natural Resources, and Fish and Wildlife formed the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (WACFWRU) in 1988 to address the research needs of the cooperating natural resource management agencies and contribute to the associated academic programs at the UW. The Unit is currently unique within the national Cooperative Research Units Program in the number of cooperating federal (U.S. Geological Survey [USGS], U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and state agencies and universities (UW as host university and Washington State University). Together we seek to hire a new full-time (100% FTE) WACFWRU Assistant Unit Leader on a 12-month, multi-year basis, who also holds the title of either Assistant Professor Without Tenure, Associate Professor Without Tenure or Professor Without Tenure at the UW.

We seek a research scientist with interests focusing on the ecology and conservation of fishes, particularly anadromous species, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Anadromous fishes have immense cultural and economic importance in Washington and adjacent states, and at the same time, the conservation challenges are substantial. Restoration and management of freshwater and estuarine environments requires solution-oriented science that actively engages natural resource management agencies, tribes, and the public. We seek a scientist with demonstrated ability to lead a broad and integrative research program focused on understanding the diverse threats to fish populations across spatial and ecological scales and developing and implementing restoration approaches that recognize the complex interconnections between freshwater and near-shore environments.

The Assistant Unit Leader will serve in a dual capacity, employed and paid by the USGS, yet holding a separate UW faculty appointment, without tenure, at a professorial level commensurate with experience, which would be linked to the duration of service as Assistant Unit Leader. The academic appointment will be made in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science (SAFS) within the College of the Environment. Termination of employment as Assistant Unit Leader may, at the UW home unit’s discretion, also result in termination of UW faculty status. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

As one of the top universities in the world, the University of Washington in Seattle has a unique natural setting from urban to wildland that acts as a living laboratory. SAFS is housed within the University’s College of the Environment. The School manages several field stations and research sites and works with a broad range of stakeholders and partners including federal, state, and tribal agencies; non-governmental organizations; resource-based industries; and rural communities.

We prefer candidates who can contribute to the University’s distinctive educational objectives, which include interdisciplinary perspectives, intercultural understanding, and concern with social responsibility, and the ethical implications of knowledge and action. SAFS includes a dedicated teams of educators, enabling our students to successfully explore and interpret the rich array of disciplines and perspectives contained within the fish and fisheries sciences. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service have not only prepared them to fulfil our commitment to inclusion, but have also given them the confidence to fully engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

Requirements: A Ph.D., or foreign equivalent, in fish or wildlife science or management, natural resources, biology, or related fields, along with one or more years of post-PhD research experience in fish ecology or closely related areas. For USGS employment, candidates must be citizens of the USA.

Applicants will need to apply though USA Jobs and meet requirements for federal service.

Announcement 1: Open to current federal employees, or those eligible for reinstatement as federal employees:

Announcement 2: Open to the public:

To be accepted, applications must be submitted by Friday, September 28, 2018. Please direct any questions about the position to Sarah Converse (, WACFWRU Unit Leader.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.