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Assistant or Associate Professor Freshwater Fish Ecology

Virginia Tech
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The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of freshwater fish ecology. The department values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning and research environment that embraces all students, faculty, and staff. We are particularly interested in applications from persons identifying with groups currently underrepresented in natural resources fields, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, people of color, and underrepresented genders. This would include cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized.

We seek a candidate who can develop a research program in freshwater fish ecology to inform conservation and management. This can include research that is applied or basic, empirical or theoretical, focused on game or non-game species, and done at any geographical scale or region (e.g., Virginia, North America, international). The selected candidate will complement current departmental strengths in stream fish ecology; international fish and fisheries conservation; habitat, quantitative, community, disease, and spatial ecology; mollusk restoration, population dynamics, behavioral and population ecology, human dimensions, and physiology and toxicology. Researchers who can collaborate with a range of scientists and stakeholders, and that can secure funding from national and international funding sources are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to individuals with an established record of using interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research methods and a demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding, publish in high quality journals, and effectively disseminate research results to managers and the general public.

This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching (40%), research (50%), and service (10%). The successful individual will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise with an average teaching load of 1.5 to 2 courses per year. Advising and mentoring of both graduate and undergraduate students is required. Participation in departmental, college and university affairs and collaboration with faculty both within and across the university is strongly encouraged and expected.


Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in field related to fish ecology from an accredited university by the time of appointment.

  2. Demonstrated ability and interest in developing and teaching courses in ichthyology, fish ecology, fish conservation, or related content areas.

  3. Experience publishing in peer-reviewed journals.

Position announcement – Freshwater fish ecology

  1. Demonstrated commitment to collaborative research with state or federal agencies, foreign governments, NGOs, private industry, or some combination of these groups.

  2. Demonstrated potential to attract research funding adequate to support an active research program, including graduate students.

  3. Demonstrated commitment to the principles and practices of nurturing a diverse and inclusive community

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the university level.

  2. Postdoctoral research experience.

  3. Experience advising and directing the research of graduate or undergraduate students.

  4. Research competencies that complement existing program strengths.

  5. Record of attracting research funding to support an active research program.

  6. Demonstrated potential to engage with state and federal agencies, as well as other

    national or international fisheries or conservation groups.

  7. Demonstrated record of research and/or teaching addressing needs of under-

    represented communities, including racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

How to Apply:

Application Process

Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. The applicant should address his or her interest in the position by preparing a written statement of interests and experience related to teaching, research, and commitment to diversity. This statement should address qualifications relative to the position description and be limited to three pages. All application materials must be submitted electronically, using the online system at, referring to posting No. 517532. Review of candidate files will begin on October 15, 2021, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Candidates selected for interview will have to provide university transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).

More information on the position can be found Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Leandro Castello, Chair, Search Committee: Freshwater Fish Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, 100 Cheatham Hall (0321) Blacksburg, VA 24061. Phone: 540-231-5046 or email