November 22, 2022 USTFA

Iowa State Seeking Director for the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) at Iowa State University is recruiting a 12-month Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (tenure-track) in Aquaculture or Fisheries. The position is a 12-month appointment and has responsibilities in research (40%), administration (40%), and extension (20%).  The position will serve as Director of the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC), which is one of five regional aquaculture centers in the U.S. supported by USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The candidate will be responsible for conducting research in aquaculture/applied fisheries or related discipline consistent with NCRAC priorities and serving in a fisheries/aquaculture extension role. Approximately 40% effort will be allocated to NCRAC Director responsibilities in collaboration with the NCRAC Board, including oversight of the center, managing the center’s research and extension grants through subcontracts (~$700K per year), representing the center at national and international meetings, and regular engagement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture staff and other regional aquaculture center directors. The Center Director will supervise a full-time Business Manager, who will be responsible for day-to-day center operations, grant and budget coordination/management, and other related duties. Finally, the successful candidate will develop a successful Extension program related to aquaculture production and fisheries management. All three responsibilities (research, administration, and Extension) will require the successful candidate to have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent demonstrated work experience in field of aquaculture/fisheries or a closely related natural resource field on or before the hire date.
  • Demonstrated research experience related to aquaculture or fisheries science, including, but not limited to, aquaculture, fisheries, and/or extension education.
  • Successful leadership and management of diverse programs with impact for stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills appropriate for both technical and non-technical audiences using a variety of media.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Peer-reviewed publication record
  • Post-doctoral experience
  • Demonstrated program leadership including budget and personnel management
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based, collaborative environment
  • Experience supervising/mentoring staff and/or graduate students
  • Grant writing experience and the ability to obtain external funding support for research activities
  • Demonstrated excellence in University-level extension programming

Department/Program & College Description:
The NREM Department is housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which is dedicated to the Land Grant missions of teaching, research, and extension. The Department is broad in scope, with >500 undergraduate students in two majors, Animal Ecology and Forestry, and >50 graduate students in Fisheries Biology, Forestry, and Wildlife Ecology. The department has been home to the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center since 2012 after housing the associate Center Director since 2000. The North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) is one of the five Regional Aquaculture Centers established by Congress that are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NCRAC is an administrative unit that serves the twelve states in the North Central Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The NCRAC Director is a member of the NREM faculty and is expected to contribute to department, college, and university missions. The department also houses the U.S. Geological Survey’s Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Department Unit/Website:
Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management (
North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (

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