Assistant Prof of Aquatic Ecology in Riparian Ecosystems at University of Arizona

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) (http://snre.arizona.edu/) at the University of Arizona (http://www.arizona.edu/) seeks outstanding applicants for a tenure track position in aquatic ecology with emphasis on riparian ecosystems. Riparian ecosystems are critical to maintaining biodiversity in the southwestern United States and are being affected by multiple environmental stressors, including changes in climate and land use, catastrophic wildfires, species invasions, and people. 

The University of Arizona is the State’s land-grant institution and water and arid environments are among the foci of critical research initiatives in its strategic plan.

SNRE has strong research and teaching programs in wildlife and fisheries conservation and management, ecohydrology and watershed management, rangeland ecology, restoration, and management, global change ecology and management, and arid lands research. SNRE is also host to multiple federal cooperators, including the USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the USGS Sonoran Desert Research Station, the National Park Service Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (DSCESU), the USGS Southwest Climate Science Center, and the National Phenology Network (NPN), and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.


  • The successful applicant will be expected to develop a successful externally funded research program with an emphasis on aquatic organisms associated with riparian ecosystems. 
  • We encourage applications from candidates with established expertise in the ecology of fishes, the ecology of aquatic invertebrates, or on the effects of contaminants, sediments, or water quality on aquatic organisms and the function of freshwater ecosystems. 
  • We are especially interested in candidates whose research integrates the structure or function of both the aquatic and terrestrial components of riparian systems, and candidates with strong quantitative skills.
  • Interdisciplinary research is a fundamental component of the University of Arizona and our School, and we seek a candidate with an enthusiastic approach to collaborative research with colleagues within SNRE, other units in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (http://ag.arizona.edu/), the Institute of the Environment (http://www.environment.arizona.edu/) and across campus. 
  • The successful candidate will also be expected to produce a strong record of peer-reviewed and refereed publications in the highest impact indexed journals.
  • The successful applicant will contribute to undergraduate and graduate (MS and PhD) curricula. 
  • We seek an enthusiastic teacher who will be responsible for teaching at least one undergraduate course designed to contribute substantively to our Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources, especially in the Fisheries Conservation and Management Option (e.g., limnology, aquatic ecology, aquatic invertebrates, or fisheries ecology) and at least one graduate course in their area of expertise. 
  • The applicant is expected to advise and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students in coursework and research and be committed to promotion and enhancement of diversity of our students, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in the discipline.


  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to natural resources or applied ecology, a record of peer-reviewed publications demonstrating high quality research, and evidence of interest and experience in classroom instruction.

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How to Apply? 

  • Interested candidates should submit an application packet electronically to www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=214571
  • Complete applications must include: (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of research and teaching interests, and (iv) names and contact information of 3-5 references. 
  • Deadline for applications is January 31, 2015 or until a suitable candidate is found. 
  • Anticipated start date is July 2015 but a later starting date can be negotiated. Direct questions about the position to Wm. Shaw, wshaw@ag.arizona.edu or (520) 621-7265. 
Diversity of thought, background, and experience powers our culture of innovation, success, and life-changing discovery. We welcome candidates who have the academic qualifications appropriate for the appointment at the rank of assistant professor in SNRE, including the ability to work effectively within a broadly diverse community of students and scholars. The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, M/W/D/V.

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