Assistant Professor of Ecological Aquaculture

Santa Cruz
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November 10 2021
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Assistant Professor of Ecological Aquaculture

Position overview
Position title: Assistant Professor of Ecological Aquaculture
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with academic year beginning September 2020. Degree requirement must be met by June 30, 2022 for employment effective July 1, 2022 and beyond.

Application Window

Open date: October 29th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Jan 3, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 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.

Position Description

The Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in ecological aquaculture at the assistant professor level.

We seek a scholar who engages in research in ecological aquaculture, with connections to agroecology and sustainable food systems. The successful candidate will bring expertise in technical, physiological, chemical, and/or molecular approaches in aquaculture, along with knowledge of sustainability in food production. Specific areas of research may include but are not limited to topics such as integrating sustainable aquaculture systems with agroecological management systems, developing aquaculture innovations to minimize impacts on wild fish populations, sustainability of production systems, or reducing negative environmental impacts. The faculty member will teach a course in sustainable aquaculture as well as contribute broadly to graduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring in the Environmental Studies program. This includes opportunities in the undergraduate Environmental Studies and Agroecology majors, the Environmental Studies and the Coastal Science and Policy graduate programs, and a campus-wide Global and Community Health initiative and curriculum.

Applicants with any or all of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: excellence in research; a research program that complements or extends existing research strengths in the department; demonstrated potential to attract extramural funding; evidence of excellence, inclusivity, and innovation in teaching and mentoring; and/or a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary collaboration with social scientists.

Strong UCSC traditions in agroecology, sustainable food systems, fish biology, and coastal ecology create a supportive framework for the selected candidate to help propel the campus into a leadership role in the fast-growing sector of ecological aquaculture. UCSC has made major investments in aquaculture research infrastructure at the Center for Agroecology's certified organic farm and it maintains a close partnership with the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, with both agencies maintaining on-campus facilities. The faculty member is expected to connect with and contribute to these resources, and to engage in partnerships with allied campus research programs in the School of Engineering and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a diverse student population and high proportion of first-in-family undergraduate students. We strongly prefer candidates who bring a clear understanding of the barriers facing minoritized communities who are underrepresented in higher education, and who have engaged in teaching, research, professional and/or public service that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be evidenced through the successful candidates contributions to creating an equitable, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and diverse scholarly environment through their undergraduate and graduate student teaching and mentorship, research, life experiences, and/or service.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in a field such as, but not limited to, aquaculture, agricultural/food science, agroecology, fish biology, fisheries, or aquatic ecology; and demonstrated records of research and teaching. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed no later than June 30, 2022.

Application Requirements

Document requirements


  • *Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.
  • *Statement of Research - Statement of research agenda (not to exceed two pages).

    *Initial screening of applications will be based on the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Research Statement.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - One page cover letter with overview of interest and qualifications.
  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of teaching philosophy and interests (not to exceed two pages).
  • Sample Publication
  • Sample Publication (Optional)
  • Sample Publication (Optional)


Reference requirements



  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references. The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSCs confidentiality statement at
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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the Universitys equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under 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 UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services at (831) 459-4602.

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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

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. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)


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