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Assistant Professor of Sustainable Aquaculture and Coastal Systems

Application Window

Open date: November 18th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Oct 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Environmental Science & Policy (ESP) in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor in sustainable aquaculture and coastal systems. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure-track Assistant Professor position, based at Bodega Marine Laboratory. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biological/physical/engineering sciences.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in aquaculture/mariculture as an integral component of coastal systems and sustainable food from the sea. The candidate will have conducted conceptually innovative research and may come from one of many different backgrounds, such as aquaculture, ecology or environmental science/engineering – with aquaculture as a component, but not necessarily the exclusive focus of their research program. As examples to illustrate the breadth of our search, prior work may have been on sustainable food systems, environmental management (mitigation of impacts), spatial planning, seascape ecology, systems modeling, coastal oceanography, aquaculture-environment interactions, trophic systems, water quality, disease ecology, integrative analysis, or data science. We envisage development of an innovative program that links the candidate’s research specialty with aquaculture systems science more broadly, including food production, environmental change, or socio-economic context. The successful candidate will have demonstrated individual excellence in research as well as the potential to draw a group of colleagues into integrative analyses of sustainable food from the sea that include coastal aquaculture.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in undergraduate and graduate programs, and should be committed to mentoring and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Teaching will include existing and new courses appropriate to the candidate’s area of expertise (e.g., ESP 10: Current Issues in the Environment; a new course in sustainable seafood), with classes split between Bodega Marine Laboratory and the main campus in Davis, including remote teaching options. Undergraduate teaching will be in the Environmental Science and Management (ESM) and the Marine and Coastal Science (MCS) majors. Teaching assignments depend on departmental need and a typical load in the department is 2.5 courses per year. The successful candidate will also be active in graduate teaching and advising, participating in one or more graduate groups, including the pending Graduate Group in Marine Science, as well as in the diverse coastal and marine graduate-student community within the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI).

Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and departmental and university service is also expected. As a catalyst for integrative aquaculture at UC Davis, the successful candidate will likely develop scholarly engagement with aquaculture practitioners and management agencies, Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, and a variety of other coastal stakeholders.

The home department is the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) where this position expands expertise in coastal/marine environmental science and sustainable food from the sea. The successful candidate will be based at the Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML), located on the coast 60 miles north of San Francisco (100 miles from Davis). It is anticipated that the person hired will develop links with marine ecologists, physiologists, toxicologists, economists, social scientists, environmental engineers and oceanographers at the BML facility as well as in ESP and on the main campus in Davis.

Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML): More than 30 scientists from 3 colleges are resident year-round at BML, including faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. This is the core of a broader group of faculty and students from UC Davis and elsewhere that spend portions of the year working and studying at BML, contributing to a large and vibrant community of marine scientists. The Laboratory boasts a state-of-the-art computer-controlled seawater system and specialized facilities that enable studies of invasive species, endangered species, marine fisheries, and the effects of climate change stressors, infectious diseases, and pollution on marine organisms. Further, BML operates a fleet of small boats including a 42-ft research vessel, and maintains an ocean observing system including a permanent offshore mooring and other environmental sensors. Laboratory facilities are located on the 362-acre Bodega Marine Reserve, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. The local environs are known for their strong coastal upwelling, high productivity, and include diverse habitats including rocky intertidal and subtidal habitats, sandy beaches, estuaries, mudflats, eelgrass beds, saltmarsh and offshore pelagic/benthic habitats. BML was founded in 1968 and is part of the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI). The CMSI was launched in 2013 as a comprehensive unit to coordinate and catalyze research, education, and outreach programs in marine science and policy on the main campus and at BML. CMSI has over 100 affiliated faculty/researchers and over 120 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with expertise across the full spectrum of modern marine science and policy. See for more information.

This position is part of a hiring initiative at BML, and is being coordinated with two other positions, one in marine ecology, the other in marine/coastal toxicology. Resident at BML, the appointee will likely take advantage of BML facilities (e.g., large experimental tanks, field equipment, vessels and expertise) and its location, which offers links to coastal communities and stakeholders. This new position is also part of the UC Davis “Sustainable Marine Resources Initiative: The Future of Food from the Sea,” coordinated by the CMSI. This initiative aims to advance our leadership in coastal sustainability and includes two recently hired faculty in resource economics, and quantitative fisheries management.


Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biological/physical/engineering sciences at the time of appointment. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in sustainable aquaculture and coastal systems

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 3 February 2021.
Additional inquiries can be directed to John Largier ( or Anne Todgham (

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life
Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is actively seeking the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE), Senior Lecturers with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis – indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including Publication List

  • Publication #1 - Up to Three Publications

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments and Interests - Including future research plans relevant to sustainable aquaculture and coastal systems

  • Statement of Teaching Interests, Experience and Philosophy

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Job location

Bodega Marine Lab