Assistant Professor or Associate Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Aquaculture (WF&A) within the College of Forest Resources (CFR), has 19 full-time and 12 affiliated faculty engaged in teaching, research, extension, service, and other scholarly activities; many carry joint appointments. The department offers a B.S in WF&A, with enrollment of 180-210 undergraduate students in 5 concentrations. In addition, 70-80 graduate students are enrolled in our M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Facilities include an aviary, 11-acre deer research facility, aquaculture research facilities, and 1800-gal mesocosm facility. WF&A works closely with NGOs, federal & state agencies and other MSU depts, including: USGS, USDA, MDWFP, USFWS, College of Vet Med, Zoological Institutions, TNC, National Wildlife Refuge systems and others. Mississippi is ranked 1st in US catfish production, and economic impact of hunting, fishing, & wildlife-related activities is $2.7 billion/year. For more information visit:

Area of Specialization:

Aquatic Ecology

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

We seek an ecologist specializing in aquatic vertebrates, invertebrates and plants, as well as water resources whose research will combine a mix of observational, experimental and/or molecular approaches including advances in spatial and statistical modeling to address applied questions in aquatic ecology and impacts of agricultural land-use on aquatic ecosystems. We encourage applicants with expertise in the management of populations and monitoring, habitat use and animal movement, and those who integrate their work into the broader aquatic ecosystem context.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive, externally-funded, and nationally/internationally recognized research program, effective mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaching within the Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture program. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate courses in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, ichthyology, limnology, management of aquatic ecosystems, etc. Graduate level courses consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs may also be developed. Many courses in the department have a strong field component.

Potential areas of research opportunity and need include ecology of river and stream ecosystems, restoration of aquatic systems, management of invasive species, monitoring and conservation of threatened and endangered aquatic organisms, environmental toxicology, community ecology and use of eDNA for aquatic monitoring and surveys. The southeastern US is a place of unparalleled aquatic biodiversity and has some of the richest aquatic fauna of any temperate area in the world; unfortunately it is also one of the most imperiled ecosystems on the planet. Potential conservation focal areas within the state and region include threatened sturgeon, hellbenders, freshwater mussels, darter species, crayfish, alligator snapping turtle, aquatic pitcher plants, sea turtles and various marine mammal species, to name a few.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. with expertise in aquatic ecology and/or related discipline. Excellence in teaching, communication and organizational skills, procurement of extramural funds to accomplish research, facilitation of graduate students, publication of peer-reviewed and refereed publications, and a commitment to service are expected. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse science disciplines, various stakeholder groups and work closely with federal and state resource agencies to support long-term partnerships. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working on river/stream systems, postdoctoral or agency research experience, and mentoring and teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates whose research naturally crosses disciplinary lines and may address questions of relevance to state and regional agencies.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statements of research and teaching philosophies. Send official and complete college transcripts, reprints of recent refereed publications, and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Beth Baker Faculty Search and Screening Committee (Aquatic Ecology), Box 9690, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

For more information, call (662) 325-7491 or email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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