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Assistant Professor of Sustainable Aquaculture and Coastal Systems

UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute
UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute
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Open date: December 2nd, 2021

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Environmental Science & Policy (ESP) in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor in sustainable aquaculture and coastal systems. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure-track Assistant Professor position, resident at Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML). Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biological/physical/engineering sciences.The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in aquaculture/mariculture as an integral component of coastal systems and sustainable food from the sea. The candidate will have conducted conceptually innovative research and may come from one of many different backgrounds, such as aquaculture, ecology or environmental science/engineering – with aquaculture as a component, but not necessarily the exclusive focus of their research program. As examples to illustrate the breadth of our search, prior work may have been on sustainable food systems, environmental management (mitigation of impacts), spatial planning, seascape ecology, systems modeling, coastal oceanography, aquaculture-environment interactions, trophic systems, water quality, disease ecology, integrative analysis, or data science. We envisage development of an innovative program that links the candidate’s research specialty with aquaculture systems science more broadly, including food production, environmental change, or socio-economic context. The successful candidate will have demonstrated individual excellence in research as well as the potential to draw a group of colleagues into integrative analyses of sustainable food from the sea that include coastal aquaculture.The successful candidate will be expected to teach in undergraduate and graduate programs, and should be committed to mentoring and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Teaching will include existing or new courses appropriate to the candidate’s area of expertise (e.g., ESP 10: Current Issues in the Environment; ESP 110: Principles of Environmental Science; a new course in sustainable seafood), with classes split between Bodega Marine Laboratory and the main campus in Davis, including remote teaching options. Undergraduate teaching will be in the Environmental Science and Management (ESM) and the Marine and Coastal Science (MCS) majors. Teaching assignments depend on departmental need and a typical load in the department is 2.5 courses per year. The successful candidate will also be active in graduate teaching and advising, participating in one or more graduate groups, including the pending Graduate Group in Marine Science, as well as the BML graduate-student community and the broader coastal/marine graduate-student community within the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI).Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs, and departmental and university service is also expected. As a catalyst for integrative aquaculture at UC Davis, the successful candidate will likely develop scholarly engagement with aquaculture practitioners and management agencies, Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, and a variety of other coastal stakeholders.The home department is the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) where this position expands expertise in coastal/marine environmental science and sustainable food from the sea. The successful candidate will be resident at BML, located on the coast 60 miles north of San Francisco (100 miles from Davis). It is anticipated that the person hired will develop links with marine ecologists, physiologists, toxicologists, economists, social scientists, environmental engineers, and oceanographers at the BML facility as well as in ESP and on the main campus in Davis.Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML): More than 30 scientists from 3 colleges are resident year-round at BML, including faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. This is the core of a broader group of faculty and students from UC Davis and elsewhere that spend portions of the year working and studying at BML, contributing to a large and vibrant community of marine scientists. The Laboratory boasts a state-of-the-art computer-controlled seawater system and specialized facilities that enable studies of invasive species, endangered species, marine fisheries, and the effects of climate change stressors, infectious diseases, and pollution on marine organisms. Further, BML operates a fleet of small boats including a 42-ft research vessel and maintains an ocean observing system including a permanent offshore mooring and other environmental sensors. Laboratory facilities are located on the 362-acre Bodega Marine Reserve, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. The local environs are known for their strong coastal upwelling, high productivity, and include diverse habitats including rocky intertidal and subtidal habitats, sandy beaches, estuaries, mudflats, eelgrass beds, saltmarsh and offshore pelagic/benthic habitats. BML was founded in 1968 and is part of the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI). The CMSI was launched in 2013 as a comprehensive unit to coordinate and catalyze research, education, and outreach programs in marine science and policy on the main campus and at BML. CMSI has over 100 affiliated faculty/researchers and over 120 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with expertise across the full spectrum of modern marine science and policy. See https://marinescience.ucdavis.edu for more information.Resident at BML, the appointee will likely take advantage of BML facilities (e.g., large experimental tanks, field equipment, vessels and expertise) and its location, which offers links to coastal communities and stakeholders. This new position is also part of a cluster hire in support of the UC Davis “Sustainable Marine Resources Initiative: The Future of Food from the Sea,” coordinated by the CMSI. This initiative aims to advance our leadership in coastal sustainability and includes two recently hired faculty in resource economics, and quantitative fisheries management.The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

Lab: https://marinescience.ucdavis.edu/bml/about

Department: https://desp.ucdavis.edu/


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biological/physical/engineering sciences at the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

• Post-doctoral experience preferred. • Evidence of leadership/organizational skills relevant to development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program related to sustainable aquaculture and coastal systems. • Interest, understanding, and commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion – with preference for a demonstrated ability to contribute to inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through education, research, and/or service. • Evidence of scholarship and productivity during graduate and post-graduate activities • Demonstrated ability/potential to obtain extramural support for research activities • Demonstrated ability/potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses. • Demonstrated ability/potential to mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students. • Interest in cross-disciplinary questions and evidence of potential to draw a group of colleagues into an integrative analysis of sustainable food from the sea that includes coastal aquaculture. • Interest, understanding, and commitment to scholarly engagement beyond the university, including advisory roles and communication to scientific and public audiences – with preference for demonstrated ability to fast-track new knowledge to society. • Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective participation in department, campus and professional communities.


Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04598Document requirements Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V with publication list. Publication #1 Publication #2 (Optional) Publication #3 (Optional) Transcripts - Transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree (Optional) Statement of Research Accomplishments and Interests - Please also include future research plans relevant to sustainable aquaculture and coastal system. Statement of Teaching Interests, Experience and Philosophy Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested. Authorization to Release Information form - https://aadocs.ucdavis.edu/your-resources/forms-and-checklists/forms/ARF.pdf Reference requirements3-5 letters of reference required

Please ask these references to submit their letters directly on https://recruit.ucdavis.edu by 5 January 2022.

Help contact: cnduncan@ucdavis.edu


UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmActUnder Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verifyThe University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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