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Assistant or Associate Professor – Fisheries Oceanography, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) beginning in September 2024. We are searching for creative and innovative scholars with a demonstrated record for high-impact research commensurate with the level of appointment, and a commitment to contributing to a strong university community in research, education, and external impact. We seek fisheries scientists with research interests in marine ecosystem science or marine policy and socioeconomics with focus on but not limited to the Northwest Atlantic Ocean continental shelf. Preferred qualifications include experience with one or more of the following: acquisition and analysis of fisheries or oceanographic data, applied fishery research, ocean and coastal policy and socioeconomic research, quantitative analyses of fisheries and environmental data, ecosystem assessment and modeling, and teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level. Prior experience working with academic, government, and industry partners is also desirable.

UMass Dartmouth is the only Massachusetts national research university south of Boston and serves as a catalyst for the development of marine science and technology industries along the south coast of Massachusetts. UMass Dartmouth offers a world-class education to more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year in nearly 60 undergraduate and 50 graduate (MS & PhD) programs offered by the School for Marine Science and Technology, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Charlton College of Business, School of Law, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and College of Nursing. The SMAST campus includes two state-of-the-art marine science facilities, located in on the shore of Clark’s Cove in New Bedford (the No. 1 fishing port by value in the US). The campus is about an hour south of Boston, a half-hour east of Providence, and a half-hour west of Cape Cod. SMAST offers graduate degree programs which focus on interdisciplinary basic-to-applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies ( In addition to the scholarly marine science and technology communities, the SMAST mission also emphasizes interaction with regional industry, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations on compelling regional marine-related issues and technological development. The SMAST marine science campus, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, creates a major marine science hub in the Northeast US, bringing together more than 150 faculty, students, and staff engaged in education, research and policy related to commercial fishing, coastal preservation, ocean observation, climate change, and offshore renewable energy development.

This hire is part of broader efforts by UMass Dartmouth around marine research and education, and will avail the advantage of the South Coast and New Bedford region’s emergence and strengthening position as a central hub for the blue economy, including regional and national investment in research and workforce development surrounding coastal communities, climate-ready fisheries, and the offshore wind energy industry. The successful candidate will expand the existing missions of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography, and link to other blue economy strengths at UMass Dartmouth, including in the Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and the Charlton College of Business.

Tenured and Tenure-track faculty members at SMAST are expected to develop independent research programs that attract external funding; teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level; supervise students and postdocs in their area of research; and participate in service to the department, school, university, and discipline. Candidates must have an earned PhD in a field relevant to the position applied for, have an excellent record of scholarly work, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including a dedication to teaching and mentoring a diverse student body. A set of additional resources on information about the Department of Fisheries Oceanography, SMAST, and UMass Dartmouth that may be useful for those interested in the position can be found at


Application packages should include the following documents: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) a research statement (maximum 2 pages); 3) a diversity statement that demonstrates the applicant’s commitment and potential to contribute to UMass Dartmouth’s goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through personal experience or perspective in scholarship, teaching, or service (maximum 2 pages); 4) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (maximum 2 pages); and 5) a cover letter that includes the names of three referees who can be contacted for letters. Review of complete applications will begin January 15 2024 and continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon verification of background/credentials and work authorization.

Statement on diversity: SMAST deeply appreciates the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and defines diversity broadly to include (among other things) diversity of genders, races and ethnicities, cultures, physical and learning differences, sexual orientations and identities, veteran status, and work and life experiences. UMass Dartmouth is an equal employment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. To read about SMAST’s code of conduct and diversity statement, please see To learn more about UMass Dartmouth’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

  • 75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • State Pension Retirement Plan
  • Optional Retirement Savings Plans
  • Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
  • Twelve (12) paid holidays.
  • Paid personal, vacation, and sick time.
  • And more!

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The review of applications will begin January 15, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

  • Job Type: Faculty
  • Organization: University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
  • Qualifications: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION: Ph.D. relevant to one of the following research areas: marine science, marine ecology, socioeconomics EXPERIENCE: Postdoctoral or faculty experience and a corresponding publication and grant record OTHER: Strong written and oral communications skills. Proven ability to work in cooperative research. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: Background and experience in marine ecosystem science or marine policy and socioeconomics, demonstrating ability in fisheries science and environmental data collection and analysis. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated strong pedagogical skills. Experience in organizing and participating in interdisciplinary marine ecosystem science or marine policy and socioeconomics. Prior experience working with academic institutions and government and industry partners is also desirable.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: New Bedford, MA
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