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Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Marine Sciences (id:68720)

University of Maine

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Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Marine Sciences (id:68720)


School of Marine Sciences - OSMS



Portland ME

The School of Marine Sciences (https://umaine.edu/marine/ ) seeks a faculty member in fisheries science to join a large and intellectually diverse educational and research community; the successful candidate for this tenure-track position will:

  • Have expertise in industry-relevant fisheries science, such as stock assessment, population dynamics modeling, or quantitative fisheries science
  • Establish or maintain an internationally-recognized research program, which may include developing and using novel quantitative approaches to the study of commercially exploited living marine resources
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in marine sciences, including the broad area of fisheries science
  • Advise and mentor graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
  • Be a strong liaison between the University of Maine and other UM system campuses, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and other relevant NGOs in Maine
  • Contribute to state and regional assessments of fish stocks and their management
  • Advise government and industry partners on sustainable fisheries management
  • Serve the institutions and the profession through work on committees, student recruitment, institutional improvement and/or similar contributions


This nine-month (academic year) position will be at the assistant, associate or professor level, commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will have a 75% research and 25% teaching commitment and be based at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine, as part of a cooperative agreement with the University. The initial teaching assignment will include an average of 4.5 credits per year, and will include undergraduate classes in Fisheries Science and a graduate class in Fish Population Dynamics. Full review criteria for tenure track faculty are at http://tinyurl.com/dkws9dcc

The School of Marine Sciences has vibrant oceanography, marine biology, aquaculture, and marine policy programs, with faculty and staff based in Orono, at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, and at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. This position contributes to the University’s Signature and Emerging Areas of Excellence (https://umaine.edu/areas/marine-sciences ). The successful candidate will play an important role in a new state-wide, multi-campus graduate program in Fisheries Science, Management, and Policy, currently in the planning stages.

Strategic partnership between the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the University of Maine: As part of our ongoing partnership, the University of Maine has two School of Marine Sciences faculty based at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. This partnership allows appointed faculty, along with their lab’s staff and students, to take advantage of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s research facility and Portland’s importance as a fishing port.

About the Gulf of Maine Research Institute:The Gulf of Maine Research Institute pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Located in Portland, ME, the institute is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. For more information, visit www.gmri.org .

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu . 


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits  for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


While the home department for this position will be in the University of Maine's School of Marine Sciences (for more information on SMS: https://umaine.edu/ marine/ ), the faculty member's home office will be located at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland, Maine. More information about GMRI is available here: https://www.gmri.org/  and more information about Portland, Maine is available here: https://www. visitportland.com/ .


Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found here .


  • Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in Fisheries Science or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to teach fisheries-related courses at undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Strong record of research accomplishments, including evidence of an extramurally-funded research program and a strong publication record 
  • Demonstrated ability to advise and mentor students
  • Record of engaging with NGOs, state and federal management agencies and industry stakeholders, and working with interdisciplinary teams that includes natural and social scientists

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references


You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: August 15, 2021
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: September 1, 2021
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: October 1, 2021
Tentative start date: January 1, 2022


For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Dr. Damian Brady at damian.brady@maine.edu (207-312-8752) or UM School of Marine Sciences director Dr. David Townsend at davidt@maine.edu (207-581-4367).


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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