Fish Biologist: Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE
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The value of fish resources in the Great Plains has grown significantly. This scientist will be part of a team of biologists in the School of Natural Resources and Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit who collaborate with a range of natural resources agencies investigating fish and aquatic biodiversity issues in the region. In addition, the rapidly growing Fisheries Ecology and Management option in our Fish and Wildlife degree program demonstrates significant interest in this discipline by students at the University of Nebraska. Recognizing that diversity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the School of Natural Resources are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of diversity. Consistent with the University’s N2025 Strategic Plan, we see every person and every interaction as important to our collective well-being and our ability to deliver on our mission. The incumbent will develop high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized basic and applied research in the biology of fish and other aquatic organisms; seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with research groups, extension action teams, and/or educational programming; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen programming; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research and/or teaching activities; mentor graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals; participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes creating scholarly, innovative, and high-impact learning programs and tools; identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; measuring the impact of programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing. The incumbent is expected to prepare and maintain a research project that is approved by the Agricultural Research Division (ARD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The incumbent will be expected to meet the teaching and learning expectations as determined by the CASNR Academic Appointment Guidelines. The faculty member will be responsible for curriculum development, teaching, and evaluating student outcomes for lecture and/or lab-oriented courses each year in the core Fisheries and Wildlife (undergraduate) and Applied Ecology (graduate) programs. Specific course assignments will be assigned based on the academic unit’s need but include Vertebrate Zoology (NRES 386) on an alternating annual basis. Expectations for this position also include supporting unit recruitment efforts and their individual engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Specific course assignments may be changed over time based on the academic unit’s needs. In the area of work covered by the position, the incumbent seeks and establishes effective disciplinary and multi-disciplinary collaborations including integration with local stakeholders, complementary research groups, extension teams, educational programs, and other partners. The incumbent accepts committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university levels.
Required Qualifications • Ph.D. in fish biology and management or a directly related field at the time of appointment. • Expertise in fish biology and management. Preferred Qualifications • Ability to engage in scientific teamwork with natural resource scientists and agronomists to address major issues related to fish biology and management. • Experience and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. • Excellent oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on communication with a variety of stakeholders. • Experience in course design, development, and management. • Experience working with resource management organizations (e.g., local, state, federal). • Evidence of work with diverse or underrepresented communities or groups. • Knowledge of Great Plains aquatic systems. How to Apply Review of applications will begin March 3, 2023 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to, requisition F_230016. Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, your anticipated contributions, and your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum; see for guidance in writing this statement); 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) contact information for three professional references. As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See
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