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Assistant Professor, Aquaculture

University of New England Biddeford, ME

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The School of Marine and Environmental Programs (SMEP) in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of New England (UNE) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Aquaculture, specializing in diseases, nutrition, or other aspects of aquatic organism health. Specific research focus may be on seaweed, shellfish, and/or finfish, with application to food systems or ecological restoration. The position will start in August 2024. The successful candidate will join a collegial, engaged team of faculty and professional staff in a school offering programs in Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture; Aquaculture, Aquarium Sciences, & Aquaponics; Marine Science (including Marine Biology and Oceanography tracks); Marine Affairs; Marine Entrepreneurship; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; and Sustainability & Business.

Position Information:

Position Type: Faculty

Faculty Track: Tenure-Track

Position Title: Assistant Professor, Aquaculture

Employment Status: Full Time

Months: 9

Campus: Biddeford, ME

To Apply:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy and interests
  • A statement of research interests
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

For more information please visit the school website at or contact the Academic Director, Charles Tilburg ([email protected]).

About UNE:

UNE is a private, non-profit, comprehensive R2 university, with campuses in Portland and Biddeford, Maine and Tangier, Morocco. The College of Arts and Sciences is located on UNE’s waterfront Biddeford campus, with nearby city-based amenities in Portland (a 30-minute drive) and Boston (a 2-hour drive). UNE’s location in southern Maine also affords easy access to forests, mountains, freshwater lakes, rocky coastlines, and sandy beaches. CAS, one of UNE’s six colleges, has a primary focus on undergraduate education.
UNE offers students a highly integrated learning experience that promotes excellence through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in education, research, and service. UNE’s excellence could not happen without a dedicated and talented faculty and professional staff. Our core values include but are not limited to Student Centeredness; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Relentless Inquiry. Visit to learn about our mission, vision, and core values.
UNE is a great place to work. We boast both a tight-knit community and access to a wide array of degree programs, research opportunities and cultural events. We have three distinct campuses that combine to offer students a range of learning experiences. Our two Maine campuses house our nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, while our campus in Tangier, Morocco is home to an innovative semester abroad program. UNE is perennially included on “best colleges lists” by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes, and others. Portland is one of the nation’s most livable small cities with an incredible natural environment, friendly people, a wealth of arts and cultural institutions, and major medical facilities. Outside magazine named it as one of the “Greatest Places to Live in America”, and Bon Appetit selected Portland as the 2018 “Restaurant City of the Year”.
The School of Marine and Environmental Programs is located on UNE’s Biddeford waterfront campus, with easy access to a variety of coastal ecosystems including rocky coastlines, sandy beaches, mudflats and salt marshes. Open water can be accessed for research and teaching with our fleet of small research vessels. The program is housed in the Arthur P. Girard Marine Science Center which has a 600,000 gallon capacity flow-through seawater system. The University of New England has recently committed to the construction of a state-of-the-art four tank Recirculating Aquaculture System to begin in May 2024. The school is listed in Biology Explorer’s list of top ten marine biology colleges, College Choice’s list of the top fifteen bachelor’s programs in marine biology, and College Magazine’s list of the best 10 colleges for marine biology.


UNE also offers a generous comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and their dependents. The package includes varied health and dental plans; a retirement plan that includes up to an 8% match; extensive paid leave including holidays, vacation, sick and personal time; and educational benefits for both employees and dependent children. Please visit the Human Resources Benefits site – – for additional information regarding UNE’s fantastic benefits package.


The school seeks candidates to teach in the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture (SEA), Marine Science, and/or the Aquaculture, Aquarium Sciences, & Aquaponics (AAA) undergraduate programs. The candidate may also teach in the Professional Science Masters in Ocean Food Systems (PSM-OFS) or traditional Masters of Science graduate programs. The typical teaching load is the equivalent of 9 credits per semester. The successful candidate is expected to develop an active, independent research program involving undergraduate and graduate students that results in peer-reviewed dissemination of the work, and to seek external funding. Additionally, the successful candidate will also engage in curriculum development and participate in academic advising, recruiting, course and program assessment, and service to the School, College and University.


A doctoral degree in Marine Sciences, Marine Biology, Aquaculture, or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment. Candidates must be committed to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. The desired candidate will have the capacity for excellence in teaching and service, and a well-defined research program amenable to mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Individuals committed to teaching with inclusive pedagogies that promote active engagement to foster student learning are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from candidates with experience in diversity, equity, inclusion and justice issues in higher education.

EEO Statement Summary

Consistent with federal and state law and University policy, the University of New England is committed to the fundamental concept of equal opportunity for all of the members of the University community. The University prohibits, and will not tolerate, discrimination in employment, the provision of academic services or in any other area of University life based on race, color, sex, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, ethnicity, genetic information, HIV status, or status as a veteran. Prohibited bias factors should not motivate decisions regarding students, employees, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, contractors, volunteers or participants in and/or users of institutional programs, services, and activities.

COVID Vaccination Statement (PLEASE NOTE)

Employees in clinical settings must meet the State of Maine’s immunization requirements for clinical activity.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number: 2022F0082P

Open Date: 10/17/2023

Close Date: N/A

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Scholarly Interests
  5. Undergraduate Transcripts
  6. Graduate Transcripts