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Assistant Professor of Quantitative Fisheries Management

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The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of quantitative fisheries management. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track position.

For this position, the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology is seeking applicants who advance the field of fisheries science and management using innovative, quantitative approaches, such as innovations in linking models to data. Candidates’ areas of expertise could include topics such as stock assessment and evaluation, spatial marine management, or ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM); note that we define EBFM as a holistic approach that integrates interactions among multiple harvested and non-harvested species, environmental variability across space and time, and the economic and societal context of the sustainable management of fisheries and additional marine ecosystem services. The successful candidate will engage in collaborative and coordinated research with colleagues from across the campus, including Bodega Marine Laboratory, with expertise in marine fisheries, conservation, theoretical and applied ecology, ecological and evolutionary genetics, behavioral ecology, ecosystem ecology, quantitative ecology and climate-change ecology.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in multidisciplinary, quantitative fisheries management. The appointee is also expected to demonstrate evidence of potential for excellence in teaching. The appointee will be responsible for teaching existing courses and/or courses developed by the appointee that fill departmental needs, are consistent with the department's commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, and complement existing courses with a marine and/or quantitative focus. Depending on the candidate's expertise, potential topics for new courses include quantitative ecosystem-based fisheries science and management at the upper division undergraduate or graduate levels, and undergraduate courses in applied marine community and ecosystem ecology, stock assessment, or introductory marine ecology and conservation. Moreover, the appointee may be involved in filling a critical gap in inter-departmental graduate level teaching by developing a course on fitting dynamic models to data. Relevant existing courses in the WFCB undergraduate curriculum include WFC 10 (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), WFC 122 (Population Dynamics & Estimation), WFC 144 (Marine Conservation Science), or WFC 198 (Sampling Animal Populations), any of which may be taught as a co-instructor, alternate-year instructor, or sole instructor as needed. The appointee will regularly advise undergraduate and graduate students. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied agencies or other appropriate public stakeholders.

This position is part of the UC Davis “Sustainable Marine Resources Initiative (SMRI): The Future of Food from the Sea,” coordinated by the cross-campus Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute ( This hiring initiative includes two additional faculty positions in resource economics and aquaculture biology, as well as additional hires in partnership with California Sea Grant and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The appointee will also have the opportunity to participate in UC Davis’ new NSF-funded, interdisciplinary graduate training program in Sustainable Oceans: From Policy to Science to Decisions (

This recruitment is conducted strictly at the assistant professor rank.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including publication list and funding record

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Transcripts - Submit if within five years of Ph.D. degree

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Statement of Future Research Plans - Revelant to the position description

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

Reference requirements
  • 4 letters of reference required