Advertised job vacancies and post-doctoral fellowships

NRC post-doc position in state-space stock assessment with environmental effects

2 year postdoc available at the NEFSC in Woods Hole:

Postdoc or engineer position in Paris

The Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) in Paris offers a 20-month (renewable) contract to a fishery scientist with strong skills in modelling of fish stocks. This position supports the development of robust assessment methods and harvest strategies for toothfish fisheries in the Southern Ocean. He/she will contribute to fisheries management outcomes under the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and research projects on the Southern Ocean ecosystem led by the MNHN.

Essential requirements are:
1) the completion of a PhD, Master or engineer degree in relevant discipline, such as fishery science, statistics, population dynamics, resource modelling,
2) competence in the use of databases and statistical software packages such as R,
3) effective oral and written communication of research results and their implications for scientists, industry stakeholders, government and the public, and
4) Candidates must be fluent in French, for more information, see the job description (in french here:

Applications must be submitted by email by sending a letter of motivation with justification of skills for the position and a detailed Curriculum Vitae, to Prof. Guy Duhamel (guy.duhamel) and Patrice Pruvost (patrice.pruvost) before the 30th of June 2018.

Postdoctoral opportunity with DFO on Sablefish MSE and population ecology across the NE Pacific

Using Management Strategy Evaluation to understand the consequences of mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and the scale of assessment and management across the northeast Pacific.

Natural Resources Canada Postdoctoral Research Program


Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a research project on the population ecology and management of Sablefish. The Principal Investigators on the project are Drs. Brendan Connors (DFO Institute of Ocean Sciences), and Sean Cox (Simon Fraser University); key collaborators include Drs. Melissa Haltuch (NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center), and Dana Hanselman (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center), as well as Carrie Holt and Sean Anderson (DFO Pacific Biological Station).


Sablefish are a long-lived and commercially-valuable deep-water species that range from Southern California to the Bering Sea. Sablefish are assessed and managed at regional scales (i.e., Alaska, British Columbia and the US West Coast) but are a highly mobile straddling stock with little genetic evidence of population structure across these management regions. The conservation and fishery consequences of this mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and the scale of assessment and management are unknown. The objective of this project is to work collaboratively with an international team of Sablefish scientists to conduct a Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) that is based on Sablefish population dynamics and stock structure across their range. We will use the MSE to understand the potential consequences of the mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and management by simulation testing current, and potential future, management procedures (data collection scheme, stock assessment method, harvest policy rules) to quantify their performance against a range of conservation and fishery objectives. The outcomes of the proposed work will provide scientific advice to help advance international fisheries governance by improving our understanding of Sablefish population dynamics and their management implications over the full range of their distribution.

While the focus of the position is on the above research, the position will afford ample opportunity for motivated individuals to lead and/or contribute to other research on groundfish population ecology and management.


Applicants must have completed a PhD in fisheries science or a related discipline within the past three years, and have demonstrated expertise in spatial population ecology and advanced statistical and simulation modelling. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and have a proven track record of publishing their research in peer-reviewed journals. The position is available for candidates of all nationalities but those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must satisfy Canadian immigration requirements.

LOCATION OF TENURE FLEXIBLE: Pacific Biological Station (PBS), Nanaimo, BC; Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS), Sidney, BC; or School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. The west coast of Canada, is well known for its rainforests, beaches, and mountains. It is a destination for kayaking, hiking, surfing, skiing, diving, biking and camping.


This fellowship is available to start September 1, 2018 and will be completed by January 1, 2021 with a salary of $65,000 CAD per annum plus travel support. The Canadian Government Postdoctoral Research Program is administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRC). More details about the program can be found at:


Interested applicants should email: 1) CV; and 2) cover letter outlining the experience and skills they bring to the project to: Brendan Connors, Brendan.Connors

Short-listed applicants will be invited to develop a full application through the NRC system. CVs will be accepted until the position is filled.

POSEIDON team hiring two new post-docs

The POSEIDON project is hiring for two (2) new postdoctoral researchers. They will support model development to explore management of Eastern Pacific tropical tunas, along with an on-going management strategy evaluation for the Indonesian deepwater snapper fishery.

  • The first postdoc will be based at the University of Oxford, and requires deep expertise in agent-based model building and application, wider software development skills and a strong quantitative background. S/he will be tasked with coding and model development as we apply the model to the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) tropical tuna fishery.
  • The second postdoc will be based at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in La Jolla, California and will be charged with 1) understanding and accessing relevant datasets from IATTC; 2) scoping model application and designing use cases that are supportive of IATTC policy evaluation processes; and 3) conducting statistical analyses of data to support model development. This position requires a strong background in quantitative fisheries science, though other strong quantitative backgrounds may be considered.

Both will work closely with the multidisciplinary POSEIDON team from the University of Oxford, Ocean Conservancy, George Mason University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Arizona State University and our partners from the IATTC, The Nature Conservancy, Indonesia, and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. This project provides researchers the opportunity to experience first-hand how to bring research into practical application, connect with top researchers, policy experts, practitioners and business leaders, and contribute to meaningful and timely solutions for the world’s oceans and fisheries. (more on the POSEIDON model below).

Brief descriptions of each position are below – for more information or to apply, please follow the application link.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Agent-Based Model Development (University of Oxford, based in Oxford, England, 24 mos)

Supervisor: Dr. Richard Bailey

This postdoc will focus on building build an agent-based model (ABM) to represent the extraction of fish by fishing vessels in the eastern pacific tropical tuna fishery and the associated effects on ocean ecological systems. The position requires deep expertise in agent-based model building and application, wider software development skills and a strong quantitative background – a doctorate in a quantitative subject (e.g., mathematics, physics, engineering, quantitative ecology) is a requirement; a track record of multi-disciplinary research and experience in complementary disciplines (e.g., economics, marine biology, natural resource management) is strongly preferred.

To apply:

Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Eastern Pacific Tropical Tuna Management (Arizona State University, based in La Jolla, CA, 18 mos with possibility of extension)

Supervisor: Dr. Steven Saul

This postdoc will serve as a key member of the team to develop the POSEIDON application for EPO tropical tuna management. S/he will be based at the IATTC’s headquarters in La Jolla, California, and will be charged with 1) understanding and accessing relevant datasets from IATTC; 2) scoping model application and designing use cases that are supportive of IATTC policy evaluation processes; and 3) conducting statistical analyses of data to support model development. This researcher will work closely with the modeling team based at the University of Oxford and Ocean Conservancy to drive model design, calibration and validation of the tool and its outputs, as well as evaluation of model results. At the IATTC headquarters, this researcher will act as the liaison between the POSEIDON team and IATTC staff so that the best knowledge of the data and the fishery is well-captured in the model. The position requires a strong background in quantitative fisheries science; candidates with other strong quantitative backgrounds (e.g., a doctorate in a quantitative subject, e.g., computer science, applied mathematics, physics, engineering, quantitative ecology) may be considered. This position also requires the ability to handle large datasets, knowledge of statistics and simulation modeling, and programming skills in R (or equivalent languages). Experience with agent-based model building and application, wider software development skills, and natural resource management are strongly preferred.

To apply:

POSEIDON is a coupled human-ecological model that combines an agent-based, adaptive fishing fleet model with existing fishery models or simple biological data, to simulate vessel behavior and fishery outcomes based on policies, market influences, and environmental factors. POSEIDON provides a powerful platform for policy evaluation and decision support, with a strong focus on the spatial and human dimensions of fisheries management. POSEIDON was originally developed by a multidisciplinary team from the University of Oxford, Ocean Conservancy, George Mason University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Arizona State University, as part of an effort to advance innovation in fisheries management. The model has been calibrated and validated to the U.S. West Coast groundfish fishery, where it has been able to reproduce observed fishing patterns. It is now being adapted to explore MSC certification for Indonesia’s deep slope snapper fishery (in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, Indonesia), as well as for EPO tropical tuna management.

International River Modeller position at CSIRO, Canberra

An opportunity exists to join the international water team within CSIRO Land and Water in Canberra. Details available at

Assistant or Associate Research Professor Position, Department of Fisheries Oceanography, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


Assistant or Associate Research Professor

Department of Fisheries Oceanography

We are accepting applications for a Research Faculty position in Fisheries Oceanography at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the Department of Fisheries Oceanography. Candidates with quantitative expertise in fields related to living marine resource management are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to: marine ecosystem science, fisheries stock assessment, management decision support, aquaculture, marine resource economics, socio-ecological systems, ecosystem services, and the human dimensions of environmental change and marine governance.

Students and faculty within the SMAST Department of Fisheries Oceanography conduct cutting-edge research in interdisciplinary sciences related to interactions between marine organisms, the marine environment, and fisheries. We train early-career scientists in the techniques and theory of fisheries oceanography relevant to marine resource management, with emphasis on stock assessment, population dynamics, resource economics, physical and biological interactions, ecosystem modeling, fish behavior and conservation engineering, decision support, field studies, and collaborative research with fishermen. Graduate degree programs address the growing need for adept and broadly skilled marine scientists in federal and state agencies, industry, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.

SMAST ( is the marine campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the lead campus of Intercampus Marine Science (IMS) degree program of University of Massachusetts system. SMAST has twelve primary tenured and tenure-track faculty members, advising approximately 50 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students, with a total number of 100+ faculty, students, and staff of. The SMAST marine science campus includes a two-story, 32,500 square foot teaching and research building as well as a newly opened 64,100 square foot building, both located in New Bedford, the nation’s most economically productive fishing port. These facilities provide docking, house a combined 6,400 square foot seawater lab, a 90,000 gallon acoustic-optic tank, a state-of-the-art computational facility, flexible wet, dry, and computational research labs and researcher offices, flexible modern classroom and meeting spaces, the New Bedford office of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and facilities to support a research diving program.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an active and productive research program, collaborate with existing SMAST faculty and scientists at regional partner institutions, and engage with managers and public on regional resource management issues. These are primarily grant-funded positions, with normally a 12-month term of service and the opportunity for multiple year and consecutive appointments. Opportunities exist within the position for teaching and for graduate student mentoring, and individuals demonstrating an interest in incorporating these activities into their research program will be viewed favorably. Research faculty within the Department of Fisheries Oceanography are paired with a faculty mentor to assist with professional development and help foster their career goals.

The Research Faculty Position is funded by the NOAA Fisheries Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomics Training (QUEST) program to support educating and training the next generation of ecosystem scientists, stock assessment scientists, and economists ( through the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region ( The mission of CINAR is to conduct and coordinate cutting-edge research engaging both NOAA and academic scientists to enable informed decisions by NOAA for sustainable and beneficial management of the northwestern Atlantic shelf ecosystem.

To learn more about this position and the requirements, please go to our web site at:

To apply please submit online a cover letter, curriculum vita, a statement of research and teaching goals, copies of no more than three publications, and the contact information for three professional references @

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, Presidential Executive Orders, and state and local laws designed to protect employees and job applicants from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, veteran status or other non-merit based factors.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

2-Year Postdoctoral Position at the University of Adelaide in in spatial analysis and modelling working on disaster risk reduction planning

Holger Maier from Adelaide University has a post-doc position (full time) in spatial analysis and modelling working on disaster risk reduction planning

Please contact Holger if you require further information.

Professor Holger R. Maier, BE(Hons), PhD, MIEAust Professor of Integrated Water Systems Engineering Associate Editor, Environmental Modelling and Software
School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering The University of Adelaide Adelaide SA 5005 Australia
Phone: +61 (0)8 8313 4139
Fax: +61 (0)8 8313 4359
E-mail: holger.maier
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Lecturer in Fisheries & Senior Lecturer in Aquatic microbiology (New positions available at Deakin, Australia) SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Deakin University, Australia is currently recruiting for a series of academic positions, including:
· Lecturer in Fisheries
· Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Microbiology
Given your expertise and areas of research, I would imagine you might be aware of someone (ideally young rising star) that could be interested in one of these positions. Or alternatively, please feel free to forward this message to your network. This would be much appreciated.

For those not aware of Deakin University and Australia, just a brief intro: Deakin is a young and dynamic university, currently the 6th largest university in Australia and rapidly growing for its international reputation. We have good history of research and teaching activities in marine, freshwater, fisheries and aquaculture and we are now further expanding, with substantial internal support, including a new marine station based at Queenscliff in coloration with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and the Department of Primary Industry.
Both positions will be based at Geelong (Waurn Ponds campus) and Queenscliff station. Therefore this would allow the successful applicant, if they like, to live somewhere on the Bellarine peninsula, in a breathtaking semi-rural coastal environment, few minutes away from the vibrant town of Geelong and one hour away from Melbourne (currently considered the most liveable city in the world). The salary package is also very nice, and Deakin provides one of the best university place where to establish an academic career. So in summary, not that bad at all!

In attachment you’ll find the two position descriptions and selection criteria. For further information, please visit:

Lecturer in Fisheries; Job ID170783

Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Microbiology; Job ID170782


Three modelling positions at AgResearch in New Zealand – AND Postdoctoral position in hydroinformatics and water resources systems analysis at Oregon State University

Postdoctoral position in hydroinformatics and water resources systems analysis at Oregon State University

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position with expertise in water resources systems analysis, hydroinformatics, decision making under uncertainty, and multiobjective optimization. Reappointment is at the discretion of the School Head.

The position is expected to start on February 1, 2018. Duties include development and evaluation of a secure decision support system for coordination of adaptation planning among food, energy, and water actors in the Pacific Northwest. The candidate would be expected to assist with stakeholder engagement, develop computer codes to interface with simulation-optimization algorithms, design graphical user interfaces, conduct research experiments and publish the results in high caliber, peer reviewed journals? aide in the supervision and training of research assistants? assist with the development of research proposals? and participate in a variety of outreach activities.

Modelling positions at AgResearch, New Zealand

AgResearch is currently advertising three agricultural modelling or hydrology-oriented positions in our Systems Modelling Team.

This is a permanent senior position for someone with experience in developing and applying simulation models in agricultural settings and we are open to candidates with background expertise in soils, animals or plants. The appointee will be expected to demonstrate leadership and to foster and develop collaborations with our national and international colleagues.

This is one of two post-doctoral positions and is for two years (nominally starting in July 2018 but there is some flexibility here). This position requires someone with strong surface water hydrology or engineering skills and will be a combination of modelling and field experimentation. The work will be in collaboration with our colleagues in the Department of Physics at University of Auckland with are developing a novel proximal sensor that will detect the imminent arrival of surface saturation during irrigation events.

This is another two-year postdoctoral position, this one with a more general agricultural systems modelling focus. As with the more senior position we are open to a range of different background expertise and the appointee will be expected to actively work with our international collaborators.