Assistant/Associate Professor of Aquatic Ecology
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Mississippi 
State University (MSU), is seeking applications for a full time, 9-month 
tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank.  
This person will be involved in research, teaching, and service.
LOCATION: This position is on the MSU campus, located in Starkville, 
Mississippi.  A description of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), 
the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), and the Department of 
Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture can be found at 

STARTING: January 2, 2018, or as negotiated.

REVIEW: Begins September 1; will continue until filled.

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. 

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.

PREFERED 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. 

APPLY:  Applications must be submitted online 
professor-or-associate-professor; position (PARF# 496088) 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, Ph.D.
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 

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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