University of Maine

Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecosystem Genetics

School of Biology and Ecology


University of Maine logoTenure-track Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecosystem Genetics in the School of Biology and Ecology (SBE) at the University of Maine, Orono. Anticipated start date of September 2020, with an initial appointment of 75% research and 25% teaching.



The School of Biology and Ecology seeks a geneticist or molecular ecologist who studies the structure and function of biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems with modern genetic tools, including environmental DNA (eDNA) metagenomics or metabarcoding, landscape genomics, and field-based transcriptomics. The successful candidate will be one of four hires associated with a new statewide NSF EPSCoR program on eDNA inference in freshwater and marine coastal systems and the position will be joint with the new Maine Center for Genetics in the Environment at the University of Maine. We seek candidates who can innovate and apply field and experimental approaches to key taxonomic groups or a range of taxonomic diversity, with the intent of understanding fundamental and applied ecological questions affecting diverse aquatic systems (lakes, rivers, estuaries, marine). Successful candidates must be able to work across scales, habitats, and disciplines, in a team-science framework.


Develop a nationally recognized, and externally funded, research program in eDNA and genomic approaches to understanding the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems, while contributing to the research and broader missions of the Maine-eDNA EPSCoR program ( and the Maine Center for Genetics in the Environment. Initial teaching responsibilities (spread over 2 years) will include an introductory course in genetics or a taxonomically relevant topic (e.g., invertebrate zoology), and contributions to graduate seminar courses in eDNA science and team-science for coastal systems. The candidate is also expected to advise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research dissertations and capstones.

Required qualifications:

  1. PhD in ecology, evolution, genetics, or similar relevant field by official start date of the hire.
  2. Proven track record of published, peer-reviewed, research applying eDNA-relevant approaches in aquatic systems (e.g., metagenomics, metabarcoding, barcoding, field-based genomics, or transcriptomics).

Desired qualifications:

  1. Postdoctoral or similar post-graduate experience.
  2. Evidence of potential for team-science approaches.
  3. Evidence of potential for effective teaching or mentoring of students.
  4. Evidence of potential for research funding success.

Application Review: Begins January 31, 2020

For application instructions and information on the university please see the full job posting:

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Dr. Michael Kinnison at or 207-581-2575.

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Last updated: 2020-02-05