Assistant or Associate Research Professor

University of Massachusetts

Dartmouth , Massachusetts

We are accepting applications for a Research Faculty position in Fisheries Oceanography at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography. Candidates with quantitative expertise in fields related to living marine resource management are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to: marine ecosystem science, fisheries stock assessment, management decision support, aquaculture, marine resource economics, socio-ecological systems, ecosystem services, and the human dimensions of environmental change and marine governance.

Students and faculty within the SMAST Department of Fisheries Oceanography conduct cutting-edge research in interdisciplinary sciences related to interactions between marine organisms, the marine environment, and fisheries. We train early-career scientists in the techniques and theory of fisheries oceanography relevant to marine resource management, with emphasis on stock assessment, population dynamics, resource economics, physical and biological interactions, ecosystem modeling, fish behavior and conservation engineering, decision support, field studies, and collaborative research with fishermen. Graduate degree programs address the growing need for adept and broadly skilled marine scientists in federal and state agencies, industry, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.

SMAST is the marine campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the lead campus of Intercampus Marine Science (IMS) degree program of University of Massachusetts system. SMAST has twelve primary tenured and tenure-track faculty members, advising approximately 50 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students, with a total number of 100+ faculty, students, and staff of. The SMAST marine science campus includes a two-story, 32,500 square foot teaching and research building as well as a newly opened 64,100 square foot building, both located in New Bedford, the nation’s most economically productive fishing port. These facilities provide docking, house a combined 6,400 square foot seawater lab, a 90,000 gallon acoustic-optic tank, a state-of-the-art computational facility, flexible wet, dry, and computational research labs and researcher offices, flexible modern classroom and meeting spaces, the New Bedford office of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and facilities to support a research diving program.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active and productive research program, collaborate with existing SMAST faculty and scientists at regional partner institutions, and engage with managers and public on regional resource management issues. These are primarily grant-funded positions, with normally a 12-month term of service and the opportunity for multiple year and consecutive appointments. Opportunities exist within the position for teaching and for graduate student mentoring, and individuals demonstrating an interest in incorporating these activities into their research program will be viewed favorably. Research faculty within the Department of Fisheries Oceanography are paired with a faculty mentor to assist with professional development and help foster their career goals.

The Research Faculty Position is funded by the NOAA Fisheries Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomics Training (QUEST) program to support educating and training the next generation of ecosystem scientists, stock assessment scientists, and economists ( through the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region ( The mission of CINAR is to conduct and coordinate cutting-edge research engaging both NOAA and academic scientists to enable informed decisions by NOAA for sustainable and beneficial management of the northwestern Atlantic shelf ecosystem.


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