Assistant Professor of Aquaculture

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste. Marie, MI, United States 🇺🇸

Job Summary/Basic Function

Lake Superior State University (LSSU) seeks qualified applicants for a tenure track faculty position in Aquaculture starting in August 2021, with a dual appointment within LSSU’s new Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE; and the School of Natural Resources & Environment ( This is a 12 month position with administrative (50%), research (25%) and teaching (25%, minimum of 3 contract hours per semester) responsibilities during the 9 month academic year, and administrative (50%) and research (50%) responsibilities during the remaining 3 months. Administrative responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing vision for and oversight of CFRE Fish Hatchery operations, developing and managing the hatchery operational budget, supervising hatchery personnel, and working with internal and external partners to ensure smooth operation of the hatchery. Research responsibilities include creating an active, externally-funded research program in aquaculture that engages undergraduate students and external collaborators, publishing research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals, presenting at professional conferences, acquiring external funding for research, and maintaining and developing collaborative relationships with state, federal, and tribal agencies. Teaching responsibilities include teaching Freshwater Fish Culture, Internship in Aquaculture, Apprenticeship in Fish Culture, and contributing to our undergraduate research seminar series. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to develop an academic program in aquaculture (AS or BS level) and any required course(s). Academic advising and mentoring undergraduates engaged in research are also expected.

LSSU is a small (<2,000 undergraduate students) state university located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The campus sits on the St. Marys River, the sole outflow of Lake Superior and international boundary with Canada, and provides numerous educational and professional opportunities in aquaculture, fisheries management, and aquatic ecology. Additionally, LSSU is surrounded by three Great Lakes and many state, provincial, and national forests and parks that provide tremendous recreational opportunities and a high quality of life.

The CFRE Fish Hatchery ( houses a student-run Atlantic salmon hatchery, providing hands-on classroom opportunities, and the new Barch CFRE building is expected to be constructed and open in 2021. The Barch CFRE will provide expanded research facilities, including an analytical lab and experimental mesocosms, along with a Great Lakes visitors center and discovery center for K-12 education, all along the shores of the St. Marys River. The new facility will be uniquely positioned to build partnerships to advance Great Lakes education, research, and community engagement in the region. This new position will play a key role in contributing to the growth of the CFRE and related undergraduate opportunities.

The SNRE provides exceptional lab space, specimens, and equipment for education and research. Success of SNRE students stems from extensive interaction with faculty during hands-on labs, student research, and active student organizations. Most students within SNRE are required to complete senior thesis research and they are encouraged to present their research at regional and national scientific conferences. Faculty also work closely in advising student clubs, including the nationally recognized Fisheries and Wildlife Club (student sub-unit of the American Fisheries Society). The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to university service, including advising student organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Aquaculture closely related discipline appropriate to the assignment is required at the time of appointment. The successful applicant should have administrative experience, demonstrated excellence in research, and teaching experience.

Desired Qualifications

Familiarity with aquaculture of salmonids, experience including undergraduates in research, and providing professional opportunities for students outside of class.