Post-doc – Tag-integrated fish population model & stock assessment (France)

Dear colleagues,

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated researcher to join our group for a 2-years post-doctoral fellow (starting late 2017-early 2018) based in the Fisheries Ecology group, research unit Ecology and Ecosystem Health, Agrocampus Ouest (Rennes, France).

The researcher will develop integrated population dynamic models to explore the meta-population dynamics of nursery-dependent flatfish in the Eastern Channel, and its consequences on stock assessment and for spatial management.

A detailed description of the post-doctoral position in attached to the present email.

For further information and application, please contact Dr Etienne RIVOT ; Agrocampus Ouest, UMR ESE Ecology and Ecosystem Health, Fisheries Ecology Group ; Etienne.rivot ; tel : +33 2 23 48 59 34.

The closing date for application is 30th of September 2017. Please apply preferentially by email, enclosing your CV.

Please distribute this message to anyone that you think may be interested or to any group or institution that might have suitable candidates.

Yours sincerely,


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Postdoctoral Fellow, Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Program

Subject: Postdoctoral Fellow, Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Program

Recruitment has been reopened for an exciting postdoctoral researcher opportunity.

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) Program

Organization: University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Juneau, Alaska, USA

Partner organization: NOAA Fisheries, Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Juneau, Alaska, USA

Project summary: NOAA Fisheries has identified a need for ecosystem-based management to fully support 21st century stewardship of our oceans and coasts. Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) are a next generation tool designed to incorporate ecological processes in decision making and transfer scientific knowledge to managers and stakeholders. When fully implemented, IEAs have the power to quantify ecosystem services and feed into Management Strategy Evaluations (MSEs). This project will involve collaboration with fisheries oceanographers, stock assessment scientists, ecosystem modelers, natural resource economists, commercial fishermen’s organizations, tribal entities, and non-profit research organizations.

Statement of Work: Dr. Gordon Kruse will supervise the post-doctoral researcher. The NOAA Program Manager (Dr. Moss) and Dr. Kerim Aydin of NOAA/NMFS will provide additional substantive guidance on this collaborative GOA IEA program effort. Primary duties of the post-doctoral researcher will involve: (1) developing a conceptual model, or series of models that emulate the major ecological functions of the GOA; (2) an overarching Gulf of Alaska-wide plan for the Alaska IEA Program; and (3) the drafting of a proposal for a regional IEA specific to Southeast Alaska. Additional analyses will focus on determining which data are the most useful for ecosystem indicators. This project will require strong quantitative/analytical skills, including a background in population dynamics, stock assessment, applied mathematics, or theoretical ecology, as well as familiarity with databases and strong programming skills (e.g., R, AD Model Builder, and Template Model Builder).

Specific Duties of the Postdoctoral Researcher (in collaboration with Alaska IEA team members):

  • Develop conceptual model(s) of the Gulf of Alaska by combining new information from the recently completed Gulf of Alaska Project (NPRB) with that existing in the literature;
  • Develop an overarching plan for the IEA Program in the Gulf of Alaska;
  • Develop a proposal for a regional IEA for coastal Southeast Alaska;
  • Contribute to innovative statistical and mathematical models to better assess and incorporate environmental drivers and/or ecosystem indicators in the ecosystem assessments, fisheries stock assessments, and management strategy evaluations;
  • Provide technical and scientific manuscripts for publication and participates in the development of scientific manuscripts for publication with Alaska IEA team members; and
  • Carry out projects as a full member of a research team and as an independent researcher.

Deliverables of the Postdoctoral Researcher:

  • Conceptual model(s) of the Gulf of Alaska
  • Comprehensive strategic plan for the GOA IEA(s)
  • Proposal for Southeast Alaska IEA
  • Secure partnerships through stakeholder involvement and outreach by hosting stakeholder workshops and in person meetings

Qualifications: PhD or advanced degree in fisheries, biological oceanography, quantitative ecology, biology, zoology, or biological oceanography, mathematics, or statistics. Appropriate experience or additional education, including evidence of statistical work such as: field sampling, computing, and analyzing statistical data.

Salary: Commensurate with experience plus benefits. See:

Contact: Dr. Gordon H. Kruse. Phone: Gordon.Kruse

Apply online:

Include: Cover letter describing your interest and experience relevant to the position, CV with contact information for three professional references, letter of recommendation from adviser, and pdfs of publications.

Closing Date: Please submit applications by 11:55 pm AKST on 8/1/2017, when application reviews begin. Applications close on 9/1/2017.

Three CSIRO vacancies

Three vacancies at CSIRO that are now live on the external website.

Here are the links:

Closing date is 1 Sept 2017

New vacancies at DTU

Sinceras gracias a los organizadores de la conferencia de la Fundación Pau Costa

The Barcelona conference organising team from Pau Costa Foundation

World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling

The 2017 Barcelona Conference is rapidly drifting into the past and preparations have begun for what promises to be another outstanding event, this time at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, during 9-13 June 2018. I want to thank the Pau Costa Foundation for the organisational efforts that ensured the 2017 event ran smoothly. Particular thanks are due to Núria Prat-Guitart who worked tirelessy, ably assisted by Anna Fàbrega and the rest of their team of local hosts. In China there will once again be a terrific line-up of interesting speakers and some great opportunities for social interaction among like minded researchers. I recommend that you start planning now and make a commitment to participate, catching up with old acquaintances or expanding your research network. Those of you who joined me and most of the RMA Board in Barcelona can attest to the enjoyment experienced during these meetings with their relaxed, friendly, and collegiate atmosphere in locations amidst magnificently diverse natural environments. Students, early career researchers, and those with substantial experience and achievement,  intermingle in an unpretentious manner which is why many of us have kept coming back each year. I sincerely hope that you will join me at our next meeting and look forward to seeing you in Guangzhou in 2018.

5 new jobs!

See 5 adverts for 5 new positions to work in my ERC team on data assimilation, ocean modelling and
ocean observations. Please send them around to potential candidates,
or post them in places you see fit.

Peter Jan

PS PDRA means postdoc…

PDRA Causality

PDRA Data Assimilation

PDRA Ocean Modelling & Data Assimilation

PDRA Ocean Observation Analysis

Computational Scientist


Two post-doc positions

Colleagues and I are currently looking for two post-doctoral candidates to collaborate on spatio-temporal models:

1. 2.5 years of funding to understand environmental drivers of pelagic fish distribution near Vancounver Island BC, including impacts on predator-prey dynamics and natural mortality (details at Jennifer.Boldt), Jim Thorson (James.Thorson), and Robyn Forrest (Robyn.Forrest@dfo-mpo.

2. 1 year of funding to understand how best to estimate length-structure for tropic tuna species, in preparation for an international CAPAM meeting on the topic in March 2018 (details at semmens), Jim Thorson (James.Thorson), and Mark Maunder (mmaunder).

I’m also happy to point out several new papers demonstrating spatio-temporal analysis using FishStats models including:

1. Multispecies models for interactions using package MIST:
2. Showing improvement in assessment models given spatio-temporal index standardization using package SpatialDeltaGLMM:
3. Attributing distribution shift to climate and age-structured dynamics using package VAST:
4. Synthesizing 10+ data sets to estimate distribution for input to ecosystem models using package SpatialDeltaGLMM:
5. Standardizing fishery-dependent data while accounting for fisher targeting using package VAST:

and the many exciting papers in the forthcoming CJFAS special issue on spatial stock assessment models.

Finally, Mark Maunder, Brice Semmens and I are organizing a CAPAM meeting in La Jolla for Feb. 26-March 2, 2018 on spatio-temporal models for analyzing compositional and fishery data! We look forward to hearing about the diverse work in this topic, and will organizing a special issue (maybe in ICES JMS).


Spring 2017

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PML advertising for bio-economic modeller

Apologies for cross-posting but I would be grateful if you can consider
if you know anyone for the following open-ended post in my group and
circulate the advert please

PML has an open-ended position for a Bio-economic modeller to support
their Sea and Society group and its currently funded projects, and to
lead future development of aspects of economic modelling. They should
have skills and experience in at least one of the following areas:

•bio-economic modelling of fisheries and aquaculture

•economic modelling of ecosystem services and benefits

•bio-economic decision support tool development using probabilistic
graphical modelling/machine learning

Further details at




Prof Melanie Austen
/Head of Science: Sea and Society/
/Coordinator: EU VECTORS/
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
Plymouth PL1 3DH
Tel: +44 (0)1752 633489/633100
Fax: +44(0)1752 633101