Assistant Professor of Oceanography - College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Fairbanks, AK, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Oceanography Department of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks applications from exceptional candidates for a tenure-track faculty position that comes with 9-months annual support from the State of Alaska. We invite applicants who will further the mission of the Department and College by adding depth to our research programs and course offerings. Applications are especially encouraged from individuals working in chemical, biological, fisheries, or geological oceanography, or in closely-related fields of expertise. These appointments are intended to be at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will be located in Fairbanks, Alaska.

UAF is Alaska’s research university, America’s Arctic university, and a world leader in both Arctic and climate-change research. The successful applicants will enjoy opportunities for collaboration across CFOS and UAF’s many world-class, high-latitude research programs.

CFOS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography, Marine Biology and Fisheries, as well as a B.S. in Fisheries and Marine Sciences, a B.A. in Fisheries, Minors in Marine Science and Fisheries, Master of Marine Policy, Master of Marine Studies and Blue MBA degree programs. The UAF campus houses the Ocean Acidification Research Center, the Nutrient Analytical Facility, the Alaska Stable Isotope Facility, a Multi-Collector ICP-MS, the Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory (AIL), and the Genomics Core Laboratory. CFOS coastal facilities include the Seward Marine Center, which operates the ice-capable Global-Class R/V Sikuliaq, the NOAA-UAF Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, and the Lena Point Fisheries Facility. CFOS has over 100 faculty, researchers and staff based throughout Alaska, more than 100 graduate students engaged in thesis research in Alaska waters and throughout the world, and a growing undergraduate degree program.

UAF is a federally recognized Alaska Native-serving institution that supports bridging Indigenous and Western sciences. CFOS seeks to foster and improve relationships between UAF and Alaskan communities that rely on marine resources.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization. We welcome applicants to bring their unique perspectives and identities through their culture, national origin, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, age, religion and beliefs.

To thrive in this role, candidates must have the ability to teach core courses and/or develop new specialty oceanography courses for the graduate and undergraduate academic programs. They must also have the ability to develop a robust externally-funded research program and demonstrate a strong research and publication record appropriate to a candidate’s experience and date of degree. Candidates will be expected to undertake public and University service activities. Experience effectively mentoring graduate and undergraduate students is highly desirable. Individuals who collaborate with colleagues in other disciplines and institutions will flourish in CFOS.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Although not limited to the following disciplinary foci, expertise is sought in one or more of the following areas: marine biogeochemistry, fisheries acoustics, geological processes, satellite oceanography, ecological/ecosystem modeling.
  • Prior experience working with resource management agencies, coastal communities, and/or Tribal organizations.
  • Post-doctoral and teaching experience is highly desirable.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Oceanography or closely related discipline. A valid driver's license and clean driving record in compliance with UA Safe Driving Criteria.

Position Details:

This position is located on the Troth Yedda' campus in Fairbanks, AK. This is a full-time, FLSA exempt, tripartite tenure-track faculty position complete with both a competitive salary (starting pay is DOE) and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2024. Applications must be received no later than January 14, 2024 by 11:55 PM Alaska Standard Time to ensure full consideration. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Interested applicants must submit (1) a brief cover letter, statements of interest and qualifications in (2) research and (3) teaching, (4) a curriculum vitae, (5) contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number) and (6) a statement reflecting their commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment and academic experience.

  • Applicants must also include their curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of at least three references.

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC). http://www.unitedacademics.net/


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Seth Danielson, Chair of the Search Committee, at sldanielson@alaska.edu.