Advertised job vacancies and post-doctoral fellowships

International post-doctoral fellowships in Marine Sciences – 2022 call open (Western Brittany, France)

Post-doctoral program for young scientists

The aim of the program is to give creative young scientists the opportunity to develop their own research project in one of the ISblue laboratories (Western Brittany, France).
 ISblue themes range from the coastal environment to the deep sea, bringing together research in all disciplines: ocean and geosciences, ecosystems, new technologies for observation, and the human societies living near the sea.

Fellows are appointed for two years.Funding includes salary and support for travel or small equipment and supplies.

Four fellowships will be awarded in 2022.

Deadline for applications: Sunday April 30th, 2022

2 years Postdoctoral Fellow Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Program ( Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)

Position Summary + Key Responsibility:
The Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, in partnership with the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center at the University of Washington, are hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) for a project aiming to evaluate economic security outcomes of public social safety measures in coastal and fishing communities and explore what policy solutions would best support marginalized and underserved populations of the seafood sector.

The Economics of Marine Plastic Pollution: What are the Benefits of International Cooperation?

3-year Post-Doc position Modelling ecosystem dynamics, management and benefits in German grasslands

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CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Modelling Multi-actor Socio-agro-ecological Systems

Date: 21-Oct-2021

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity

  • Do you have a PhD in a relevant discipline area, such as computer science, geography, economics, environment, agricultural science or social science or similar?
  • Exciting opportunity to develop new socio-agro-ecological models of adaptive management strategies
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!

CSIRO Early Research Career (CERC) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers who have completed their doctorate and have less than three years of relevant postdoctoral work experience. These fellowships aim to develop the next generation of future leaders of the innovation system. 

The CSIRO Data61 and Agriculture and Food business units are recently established a new 3-year shared strategy project to develop digital/data transformation for agriculture. As a member of this multidisciplinary team, you will work with CSIRO scientists, engineers and collaborate with national and international university partners to develop new socio-agro-ecological models of adaptive management strategies that have general applicability for decision making in agricultural landscape management. 

The CERC Fellow will work closely with leading scientists in the Agriculture and Food and Data61 machine learning and data analytics business unit, developing computer simulation models for multiple actor landscape management. Your research will focus on developing a modelling framework that will allow for the integration of existing representations of human decision-making that are based on social science theories about land management behaviour in Australia, with real-time updates and system-learning based on observed behaviours.  The successful candidate will work within national and international settings and as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team.

In this role you will:

  • Develop a computer simulation model using agent-based modelling approaches to explore multi-actor land management behaviours and the optimization of outcomes for both agricultural production and environmental protection.
  • Implement the general model in specific contexts to provide adaptive management solutions based on future trajectories, through the integration of localized decision-making and observed behaviours.
  • Publish results in relevant international scientific venues (high-level journals and conferences).
  • Evaluate the developed model to demonstrate its fitness for purpose, taking responsibility for functionality, performance, and robustness.
    Interpret and present research findings to scientists and practitioners from a wide range of other scientific areas.

Location:   Brisbane, QLD or Canberra, ACT
Salary:       AU$89k – AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:      Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  77807

About You

We’re interested in hearing from people who can demonstrate the following:

  • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area such as computer science, geography, economics, environment, agricultural science or social science. 
  • Please note: To be eligible for this role you must have no more than 3 years (or full-time equivalent) of postdoctoral research experience.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out independent research.
  • Knowledge of agent-based simulation modelling methods and tools such as NetLogo, Repast or GAMA, or the ability to program with object-oriented languages such as Java or C++. 
  • Solid knowledge of theories on human decision-making and socio-agro-ecological systems.   
  • A history of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, grant applications or patents.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national and international conferences. 

If you meet the majority of these requirements, please consider applying.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


To be eligible you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or Australian temporary resident currently residing in Australia (visa sponsorship may be provided to eligible onshore candidates).
The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people across por society and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.  We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply
Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

21 November 2021, 11:00pm AEST

Postdoc Position Available in International Fisheries Science and Management

Drs. Austin Humphries and Elin Torell at the University of Rhode Island seek a postdoctoral associate to contribute to studies of the social-ecological drivers and impacts of distant water fleets on national fisheries and fisherfolk.

Background: Industrial distant water fleets (DWFs) have typically been identified in U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs as one of many threats to fisheries sustainability that can be mitigated through broader efforts to improve scientific, governance, and enforcement capacities and informed, organized constituencies. More recently, however, some USAID Missions have started to identify illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing by DWFs as a more direct and significant impediment to improving the management of national fisheries and are beginning to consider targeted interventions to counter the many impacts of DWFs on national fishery resources. DWFs sometimes engage in harvesting practices that are legal but unsustainable; the licenses that allow unsustainable activity may be the result of weak data and technical analyses and/or of corrupting influence on issuing officials.DWFs can also degrade fisheries if they extract resources illegally, resulting in habitat destruction or overharvesting. Often enforcement of illegal fishing by DWFs is challenging in developing contexts, either because enforcement institutions are under-equipped or because political influence disrupts the hand of justice. Additionally, there can be conflicts between DWFs and national fishers, which can include physical collisions, perceptions of unfair resource allocations, or extractions that erode domestic support for compliance with management rules.

Position Details: The position entails working with collaborators at the University of British Columbia and others with a focus on characterizing the ecological and socio-economic impacts of DWFs in select geographies. The research will cover a number of geographies missions listed in Annex A of the DWF Research Agenda. The final countries covered will be determined in collaboration with USAID but will include some of the following: a) target countries in U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy: Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal; b) Feed the Future aligned countries Mozambique and Tanzania; c) biodiversity priority countries: Indonesia, Madagascar, the Pacific Islands, and Philippines. The postdoctoral associate will produce/update a set of country level briefs for USAID Missions that includes analysis of the ecological and socio-economic impacts of DWFs. Other products from this research include peer-reviewed manuscripts, white papers, and policy briefs. The postdoctoral research associate will be based at the Coastal Resources Center, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island and be supervised by Drs. Austin Humphries and Elin Torell. We all have a role to play in cultivating inclusion. Our culture is the result of our behaviors, our personal commitment, our curiosity, how we collaborate, and the ways that we share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. In turn, this inspires us to try new things, speak openly, and be bold. It brings us together as a research community and empowers all of us to connect, belong, and grow. We are especially interested in candidates that share this vision.

Qualifications: At the time of appointment, the candidate will hold a PhD in fisheries science, marine affairs,or a related field. Candidates should have strong writing and communication skills as well as a track record of delivering research products on time and in a professional manner. A proven capacity to publish in peer-reviewed journals is desired. Also desired is a demonstrated expertise in quantitative data analysis related to fish stock assessment and/or socio-economic impact assessment. Ideal candidates will have experience working with diverse collaborators and across disciplines/geographies.

To Apply: Please follow instructions at questions, email Drs. Austin Humphries humphries@uri.eduand Elin Torell The position is open until filled with first consideration of applicants beginning on October 31, 2021.

Start date is negotiable but is anticipated around January or February 2022. Initial appointment will be for one year,with anticipated funding for two years, conditional upon performance. The University of Rhode Island offers competitive salary ($53,760 to $61,308 for this position) and benefits to its postdoctoral researchers and scholars.

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Groundwater Hydrologist

Groundwater Hydrologist

Date: 10-Oct-2021
Location: Adelaide, SA, AU Perth, WA, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU Negotiable, AU
Company: CSIRO
The Opportunity
Apply your data-driven problem-solving skills in diverse large-scale projects
Use your research expertise to support Australia’s Strategic Basin Plans initiative
Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency – in an ongoing role!
Are you a skilled Groundwater Hydrologist with an interest in groundwater systems & models, and well-developed project management skills?

We are seeking a motivated & experienced Groundwater Hydrologist to join our ‘Risks to Groundwater Resources’ Team within CSIRO Land & Water.  

In this multifaceted dynamic role, you will collaborate with various CSIRO internal & external stakeholders to support a range of diverse, large-scale groundwater management projects. You will use your data analysis & interpretation skills and groundwater systems knowledge to develop and apply solutions to varied research problems. 

Your duties will include:
Working on large multidisciplinary projects, including regional-scale integrated assessments; cross-disciplinary integration of groundwater hydrology (contaminants, ecology, geology and hydrogeology); and analysis and interpretation of regional-scale groundwater models.
Contributing to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results and collaborating on drafting presentations to, and/or detailed written reports for, clients and the scientific and/or technology community. 
Participating in planning projects and accepting responsibility for the scheduling and completion of major parts of projects, including allocating and directing tasks where appropriate.
Supporting scientific research that integrates spatial, field, remotely sensed and modelled data to enhance regional-scale integrated assessments with a focus on risks to water and the environment.
Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, and communicating openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers.
Location: Adelaide SA, Brisbane QLD or Perth WA
Salary: AU$87K to AU$98K plus up to 15.4% superannuation 
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 78402

To be considered you will need:
A bachelor’s degree with honours in Science or Engineering, and/or equivalent relevant work experience in groundwater hydrology. 
Ability to analyse & visualise groundwater data using a variety of software packages. E.g., spatial analysis in ArcGIS or QGIS, data analysis and visualisation in Python, R, Matlab or similar. 
Experience in project planning and delivery. E.g., scheduling work and monitoring tasks in Microsoft Project, preparing agendas and minutes of meetings, using databases to keep track of data and citations.
Ability to cultivate productive working relationships with a variety of stakeholders. E.g., clients in government, partners in industry and colleagues in other science organisations.
Knowledge and ability to co-author on scientific journal publications and/or technical reports.
For full details about this role please review the Position Description

To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be currently residing in Australia as an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.   

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.
Flexible Working Arrangements
We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 
Diversity and Inclusion
We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 

At CSIRO Australia’s national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply
Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.,-SA-Groundwater-Hydrologist/800317900/?locale=en_GB

Applications Close
31 October 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

PhD or Postdoc at Kiel University

The Center for Ocean and Society at Kiel University, in cooperation with the Institute for the World Economy (ifW), is looking for a new PhD or Postdoc for one of their projects. The project funding is for a PhD position (75%), but can be scaled up to 100% for a Postdoc.

Applications are open until 7 September, 2021.

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The Minderoo Foundation

Research Lead – Fisheries Sustainability

The Minderoo Foundation Perth CBD Western Australia,

Full Time

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Minderoo Foundation is a modern philanthropic organisation. We take on tough, persistent issues with the potential to drive massive change. We incubate ideas and accelerate impact. We push the limits of what is believed possible. Minderoo Foundation is independent, forward thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. We are proudly Australian, and one of Asia’s largest philanthropies, with AUD $2 billion committed to a range of global initiatives. Our team comprises over 100 employees across seven locations. 

Flourishing Oceans aims to transition our oceans to a healthy, thriving state. A flourishing ocean is one that can withstand a changing climate and increasing human pressure, is resilient, and free from pollution with healthy ecosystems and marine populations. As human pressure increases and the state of our ocean continues to decline, dramatic steps are required to protect and conserve this resource.

To facilitate this, we are committed to ending overfishing, promoting biodiversity conservation, eliminating the harmful effects of plastics, and facilitating world class research and education.

About the role

Based in Perth, the position leads the design and execution of impactful research into the state of marine fish stocks globally, working expand our understanding of current conditions and trends, with a focus on data-limited fisheries. 

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of an innovative method for collecting and assessing fisheries data in 100+ maritime countries as part of Minderoo’s Global Fishing Index.
  • Ensure that all data are complete, consistent, high quality and fit-for purpose.
  • Lead the interpretation and presentation of fisheries sustainability results within the Global Fishing Index and related outputs.
  • With the broader research team, explore and interpret sustainability results in relation to fisheries governance, socioeconomic, and environmental context.
  • Inform the development of a strategy and messaging for communicating research results to a range of audiences.

About you

To be considered for this position you MUST HAVE:

  • Postgraduate degree in fisheries science or natural resource management 
  • Technical expertise in fisheries or natural resource assessment or management, particularly the application of data-limited approaches 
  • Demonstrated quantitative analytical skills and ability to work confidently with complex data sets.
  • Familiarity with machine learning and Bayesian statistical approaches
  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to translate technical details for diverse audiences.

Of vital importance is that you will be a solutions-oriented and self-motivated individual who is a daring leader, takes initiative, and has a passion for the ocean and living our values.

Are you resilient enough to bounce back up, dust yourself off and go again with enthusiasm and a never, ever give up attitude after being knocked back or pushed down?

Are you really up for the challenge?

Next Steps

Please attach your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are up for the challenge!

Please Note: Applications close on 30/5/2021

Tattarang and Minderoo Foundation embraces Equal Opportunity and promotes diversity. We actively encourage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, and those with Disability to apply. 

Postdoctoral scholar in fisheries science

Announcement of Postdoctoral Research Opportunity

May 8, 2021

Pacific hake trophic modeling

The University of Washington, in collaboration with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), seeks a postdoctoral scholar in fisheries science. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with researchers from the NWFSC’s Fisheries Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division (FRAM) and the Conservation Biology (CB) Divisions, to develop and implement a CEATTLE (Climate-Enhanced, Age-based model with Temperature-specific Trophic Linkages and Energetics) ecosystem model for Pacific hake and krill in the California Current Ecosystem. Investigating the relationships between hake trophic interactions and population dynamics is an important research need for stock assessment and ecosystem-based management, and this postdoctoral project will contribute to a better understanding of the role of Pacific hake in the California Current Ecosystem.

The main responsibility of the postdoctoral scholar will be to quantify the relationship of hake consumption to prey availability, including specific prey items such as small hake and krill, to more accurately assess hake growth, mortality, and recruitment to inform models for stock assessment. This will be accomplished by developing a CEATTLE (Climate-Enhanced, Age-based model with Temperature-specific Trophic Linkages and Energetics) ecosystem model with newly available hake diet data. The postdoctoral scholar will also be responsible for writing one to two scientific papers documenting the hake CEATTLE model and the influence of hake cannibalism on its population dynamics. If time and funds permit, the postdoctoral scholar may increase the model complexity by adding more predator and prey species or/and integrate the results of the CEATTLE model with the models currently used for hake stock assessment and management strategy evaluation.

The anticipated start date is May 25, 2021, but this is negotiable. The initial appointment is for 1 year, with reappointment possible pending performance review and funding availability. Applications should be submitted by May 18, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. The post-doc will be supervised by Dr. André Punt (University of Washington) and will primarily collaborate with Drs. Melissa Haltuch, Kristin Marshall, Isaac Kaplan, Elizabeth Phillips (Northwest Fisheries Science Center) and Kirstin Holsman (Alaska Fisheries Science Center).

QUALIFICATIONS: Earned Ph.D. in Fisheries Science, Quantitative Ecology, Applied Statistics or a related field; experience or training in fish population dynamics, modelling structured populations, bioenergetics, multispecies, or ecosystem models, and simulation experiments; proficiency in programming languages such as R, and/or related applications such as AD Model Builder, Template Model Builder and Stock Synthesis; ability to work in a collaborative environment.

LOCATION: Seattle, WA (telework initially)

TO APPLY: Submit your application through Interfolio ( with the following: (1) A letter of interest detailing your skills and experience. (2) A curriculum-vitae including publications. (3) Three letters of recommendation.