Advertised job vacancies and post-doctoral fellowships

Spatial modelling of Ecological Compensation dynamics

Project We offer a 17-months postdoctoral position within the research project COMPAG that studies the links between agriculture and the ecological compensation public policy. The position is more precisely related to the WP4 entitled “Bioeconomic models – scenarios of ecological compensation public policies” under the supervision of Dr. Rodolphe Sabatier (INRA-Ecodéveloppement) and Dr. Lauriane Mouysset […]

PhD Scholarship in “Fisheries effects on sandy habitats” (DTU Aqua)

A PhD Scholarship in “Fisheries effects on sandy habitats” is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date 1 December 2018. The PhD project will be carried out at the Section for Ecosystem-based Management, in Lyngby, Denmark. DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark.

The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the development of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. The institute has an international research staff comprising approx. 120 academic employees.

Project description
Commercial fishing with mobile bottom-contacting gear is one of the major anthropogenic activities affecting marine ecosystems. Short term impacts on the seabed include physical disturbance, resuspension of sediments, mortality of benthic fauna, and alteration of habitat structures, while long term impacts may include changes in community composition and function, and reductions in habitat complexity.

Assessment of the benthic effects and by-catch of fishing is a central component in ecosystem based fisheries management. In European waters substantial research efforts have been undertaken to investigate fishing effects and identify potential mitigation measures and sustainability targets as part of the implementation of international policies, directives and conservation conventions. Mitigation approaches have mostly focused on gear-oriented innovations (e.g. introducing pelagic doors in demersal otter trawling) and area closures, but also the potential of so-called smart fishing (optimizing resource availability through effort-refinement; e.g. choice of fishing season, area, time of day) is increasingly being explored. In areas  also affected by other types of anthropogenic pressure, such as increased nutrient loadings, effects of fishery may be difficult to disentangle from these as well as from the influence of natural pressures (e.g. tidal currents and waves).

A central research component of the PhD project is the quantification of short-term benthic impacts of two gear types that are frequently deployed on sandbanks by Danish fishermen; anchored seines targeting mainly plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) and otter trawls targeting sandeel (Ammodytes marinus). Benthic fauna data exist for analysing sandeel otter trawl impacts for two different gears; a sandeel trawl with standard demersal doors and a similar gear with pelagic doors. For the anchored seine gear new data need to be sampled and analysed, and this requires the PhD student to plan and conduct field work that will enable a quantitative impact analysis. A general complication of such fisheries impact analyses is the presence and influence of other anthropogenic as well as natural pressures, and another key component of the project will be to assess impacts from these other pressures.

Qualifications
We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Aquatic Science & Technology, Marine Biology or similar.
  • Previous experience in marine, aquatic or ecological research.
  • Experience in planning and conducting field and associated laboratory work related to analyses of benthic communities
  • Experience with laboratory work, including sample sorting/processing and identification of benthic invertebrates to species level.
  • Keen interest in research and for working within the field of marine biology and fisheries sciences.
  • Mathematical or modelling skills and experience with R-programming will be advantageous.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Research Scientist Ole Ritzau Eigaard, Special Consultant Grete E. Dinesen and Professor J. Rasmus Nielsen, DTU Aqua.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Senior Research Scientist Ole Ritzau Eigaard; ore@aqua.dtu.dk

General information may be obtained from Rikke Hansen, rikh@aqua.dtu.dk (+45) 3588 3001.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 21 October 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • Brief research proposal (1-2 pages) presenting ideas on how to address the research topics given in the short description of the PhD project above

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the dynamics of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. DTU Aqua has 260 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, IT employees, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc. The institute is organized into eight scientific sections which carry out the research, educational and advisory activities. In addition, the institute has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessel DANA. DTU Aqua has employees in Charlottenlund, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on Dana. You can read more about DTU Aqua on www.aqua.dtu.dk

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4 | R0022297

Announcement for a Management Strategy Evaluation position at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center has just hit the streets (
Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4 ).
The duty station can be at any of the 5 main labs in the Southeast Science Center (Miami, Beaufort, Galveston, Pascagoula, Panama City).

The MAP and DE announcements for one Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4,position have been posted. The announcement will be open for 14 days; it is set to open on 9/10/18and close on 9/24/18.

Job Announcement # (MAP): NMFS-SEFSC-2018-0018

Job Announcement # (DE): NMFS-SEFSC-2018-0020

New vacancies at DTU – Associate Professor in Modelling of Urban Water Systems

Welcome to our e-mail service for jobseekers. Please find below links for the latest vacancies at DTU. Click on the individual vacancy to read more.

Associate Professor in Modelling of Urban Water Systems

We look forward to receiving your application.

Best regards,

HR department

Victorian Fisheries Authority Invitation to Tender for Scientific Assessments of the Blacklip and Greenlip Abalone Commercial Fisheries


Under the Fisheries Act 1995, the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) is responsible for the stewardship, protection and conservation of Victoria’s fisheries resources and for ensuring that the management and use of these resources is effected in an objective, efficient and ecologically sustainable manner.
The VFA is seeking a suitably qualified supplier(s) to undertake scientific assessments of the blacklip and greenlip abalone commercial fisheries, which are important economic contributors to the Victorian community, with the commercial sector exporting approximately $20 million worth of product annually, and supporting a regional work force throughout the State.
An invitation to tender was released on the Tenders Victoria website on 1 September 2018, closing 30 November 2018. Please see attached link for your information: 
https://www.tenders.vic.gov.au/tenders/tender/display/tender-details.do?id=31984&action=display-tender-details&returnUrl=%2Ftender%2Fsearch%2Ftender-search.do%3Faction%3Dadvanced-tender-search-new-tenders

 

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

2 year postdoc available at the NEFSC in Woods Hole:http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=26&ROPCD=260338&RONum=C0151

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: www.mnhn.fr/fr/recrutement/emplois-stages).

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

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION

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).

PROJECT OVERVIEW

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.

ESSENTIAL ASSET QUALIFICATIONS

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.

POSITION DETAILS AND HOW TO APPLY

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: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/careers/17880.

CONTACT

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: https://www.recruit.ox.ac.uk/pls/hrisliverecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form?p_company=10&p_internal_external=E&p_display_in_irish=N&p_process_type=&p_applicant_no=&p_form_profile_detail=&p_display_apply_ind=Y&p_refresh_search=Y&p_recruitment_id=134714

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: https://cisa.asu.edu/sites/default/files/iattc_post-doc_av_12400.pdf

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.

https://www.cohesys-lab.net/projects

https://oceanconservancy.org/sustainable-fisheries/poseidon/