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Fish Biologist-Ichthyologist/Curator - Associate or Full Professor

Application Window

Open date: November 8th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021 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

Associate or Full Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego – Fish Biologist-Ichthyologist/Curator

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography invites applicants whose research focuses on the biology of marine fishes for an associate or full professorial position. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) evolution, comparative morphology, phylogenetics, biogeography, speciation, genetics, genomics, behavior, ecology, and physiology. The successful candidate will have the ability to interact with colleagues at SIO and other departments within the large and dynamic UCSD campus. We seek applicants with the expertise and desire to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, including a core graduate course on fish diversity.

The successful candidate will be expected to serve as the faculty Curator of the SIO Marine Vertebrate Collection (MVC), for which there is additional salary compensation. Previous curator/collections experience is preferred but not required. The MVC is among the world's preeminent collections of marine fishes maintaining approximately two million alcohol-preserved specimens in over 120,000 lots, representing nearly 6,000 species. It includes worldwide holdings of deep-sea and pelagic fishes as well as extensive holdings of coastal fishes from the entire eastern Pacific. The MVC supports scientific research by providing specimens for studies on fish biology and evolution and plays an integral role in the support of research and graduate and undergraduate education at SIO. The faculty Curator oversees the MVC’s full-time collection manager, actively uses the collection in their research and teaching, and devotes time to raising financial support for the collection.

Candidates will be evaluated on their documented ability to establish a vigorous research program, provide intellectual leadership in their field, acquire extramural funds, teach and mentor graduate students, teach in the marine biology undergraduate major, and help build an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Rank of appointment and salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

SIO is a world-renowned center of solid Earth, planetary, oceanographic, biological, and atmospheric research with over 200 principal investigators leading research programs. SIO is part of the University of California, San Diego, which is one of the top research universities in the world. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student community.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the Institutional Reference Check release form entitled “Authorization to Release Form” into RECRUIT as part of their application.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D., or equivalent degree, in Biology or a relevant field is required at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

Previous curator/collections experience is preferred but not required.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Three top publications - Please provide a PDF listing your THREE top publications with links.

  • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check (https://aps.ucsd.edu/recruitment/background_check/) for more information."

  • Optional Covid-19 pandemic statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.
    (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

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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.

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