Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS)

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

United States


Position Summary

Marine Conservation Ecology / Fisheries Ecology – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS). We seek emerging leaders in the field of interdisciplinary marine conservation ecology, with particular interest in candidates that engage fishery systems and communities. To compliment IMS’s current faculty, areas of desired expertise include, but are not limited to, quantitative tools/approaches, ecological economics, response(s) of fisheries and coastal communities to climate change, food-web interactions in the context of ecosystem-based management, zooplankton dynamics, and molecular tools (population genetics through environmental genomics). Expectations include leading vibrant externally funded research programs, teaching in IMS’s field site program, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, advising graduate students and resident undergraduates, as well as engaging stake holders and counseling resource managers. Preference will be given to applicants whose research portfolio would include field research that takes advantage of IMS’s location and infrastructure, and interdisciplinary collaborative research. These elements support the University’s mission to serve North Carolina, the United States, and the world through teaching, research, and public service.

IMS is located on waterfront property in Morehead City, NC, embedded within a collaborative network of nearby university (i.e., NCSU’s CMAST, Duke Marine Lab), state (NC Division of Marine Fisheries) and federal (NOAA Beaufort Lab) marine research and management units. Our infrastructure includes a 50,000-squarefoot office and laboratory complex, 5,500-square- foot wet lab, 6,000-squarefoot machine shop, 25,000-squarefoot outdoor mesocosm farm, and 2,250-squarefoot dormitory. IMS is in close proximity to a diverse array of estuarine and nearshore habitats ideal for experimental field research given the relatively mild seasonal climate, as well as cultural and economic significance of coastal marine resources in this region. To reach these environments, IMS maintains a fleet of trucks/vans and research vessels ranging in size from 17 to 48 feet, as well as an AAUS-certified dive program. For more information about IMS, please visit


Educational Requirements



Qualifications and Experience



Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


Special Instructions

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names/contact information (including email addresses) of three references. Review of applications will begin January 16, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer. Women and racial/ethnic minority candidates are encouraged to apply. The Institute of Marine Sciences aims to support work-life balance, including the needs of dual-career couples.


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Department Contact Name and Title 

Joel Fodrie, Associate Professor


Department Contact Telephone or Email


Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

Please note: The Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status. 

If you have any questions about the job requirements or the hiring department notify the Department Contact.


Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Teaching Philosophy/evaluations
  5. Research Statement

Supplemental Questions

  1. * What is your highest degree?
    • PhD
    • MD
    • PharmD
    • DDS
    • DVM
    • JD
    • MLS/MIS
    • Masters
    • Other

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