Advertised job vacancies and post-doctoral fellowships

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).


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

Postdoctoral announcement

Please find below a Postdoc announcement to be hosted in Ifremer, Brest.



The objective is the evaluation of the impact of climate change at the

horizon 2100 on the populations of anchovy and sardine in the Bay of

Biscay. This study will rely on mechanistic modelling at population

scale based on an Individual-Based Modelling (IBM) approach and on the

Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory. Growth and reproduction will be

represented at the individual level throughout the life cycle, and

included in a population model to analyze the recruitment process, which

is key in the dynamics of these populations. This study is part of the

European H2020 CERES project. The environmental forcing will be

extracted from the coupled model POLCOMS-ERSEM from the project partner

Plymouth Marine Laboratory and will cover the period 1960-2099 under

different climate change IPCC scenarios. A first step will focus on

model calibration, especially the natural mortality parameters, on a

hindcast period impacted by fishery, as well as on validation using

abundance information. A second step will concern the analysis of the

specific response to climate change in the Bay of Biscay. Finally it is

suggested to consider other European regions of the current area of

distribution and investigate the regional trend of expansion or

retraction for the populations of both species.

Additional information is available at :

Postdoctoral Associate – Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University

Postdoctoral Associate

Innovative and highly motivated candidates with strong track records of research productivity are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Associate position with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University. The position will involve interdisciplinary research that integrates spatial, socioeconomic, and environmental sciences, with a focus on the operationalization of the telecoupling framework (socioeconomic and environmental interactions between coupled human-natural systems over distances, http:/// The successful candidate will have opportunities to work and collaborate on one or more of the following tasks:

  • Develop spatially-explicit models and tools to describe and quantify socioeconomic and environmental interactions between coupled human-natural systems
  • Compile and collect socioeconomic and environmental data at local, regional, national, and international scales to quantify various factors affecting feedbacks between global food security and land use
  • Analyze and synthesize multi-scale data to understand relationships among various factors to facilitate modeling of feedbacks between food security and land use
  • Modify or integrate existing global trade modeling approaches (e.g. GTAP, PEATSim) into the telecoupling framework using data and analyses listed above to allow simulation of long-term consequences for land use and food security under various scenarios (e.g., various decisions and policy options regarding land use and food security, changes in population size, climate, urbanization, biofuel demand etc.)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic interdisciplinary group with collaborators in Brazil, China, UK, US, and other countries. Selected candidates will have a unique opportunity to develop and expand collaborations within the Center and across international research groups. Preferred applicants will already have an interdisciplinary background with experience integrating GIS with analytical approaches from the economic, social, geographic, ecological, or/and agricultural sciences; have some basic experience in spatial analysis/modeling and good programming skills (e.g. Python, R, or C++); and have excellent communication skills and a PhD in a related field (e.g., computer science and engineering, conservation, ecology, economics, geography, environmental science,  international trade, land science, spatial science, systems modeling and integration). This position is initially for one year, renewable depending on performance and funding. A competitive salary and benefit package will be offered commensurate with experience.

Application materials should include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals and research experiences/interests (e.g., how experiences and interests fit with the tasks listed above), (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts (unofficial ones are OK initially), (5) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (6) up to three representative publications, models or software programs developed by the applicant.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. Please visit (using posting number 5169) for more information and application submission. Applications are welcome until a suitable candidate is identified. Reviews of applications will begin on April 25, 2017. Start date is relatively flexible.  Questions can be emailed to:

Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair
Michigan State University

** Dr. Liu will be at the telecoupling workshop on April 9 and telecoupling symposium on April 10 during the US-IALE meeting in Baltimore, and would be happy to meet with potential candidates. **

Three Oceanography Faculty Positions at LSU

Ecologist, Ecological Modeler, & Fisheries Stock Assessment: The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) within the College of the Coast and the Environment at Louisiana State University (LSU) is seeking outstanding applicants to fill up to 3 tenure- track faculty positions. Successful candidates must possess a Ph.D. within their discipline and a strong record of research accomplishments and publications, or the capacity to build the same in the case of emerging scholars. A history or potential to attract extramural funding and to work with interdisciplinary teams that include doctoral students, post-docs, and research associates is expected. An individual candidate may apply for a position in one or more of the three core areas listed below:

Fisheries Stock Assessment Scientist (Assistant or Associate Professor): Seeking candidates from the fisheries sciences including expertise in stock assessment, computational ecology, population dynamics modeling, quantitative fisheries science, mathematics, and/or statistics. A successful candidate will be expected to use quantitative approaches to study fish population dynamics and to advance the science of fisheries stock assessment. He/she must be capable of teaching/developing a course in stock assessment in support of the Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Science and Assessment offered by DOCS and the LSU Graduate School.

Ecological Modeler (Assistant Professor): Seeking candidates that use mathematical and simulation methods for understanding and predicting population, multispecies, community, and food web dynamics, including classical and agent-based approaches. We encourage applications from those who combine modeling and empirical research that may extend to coastal, estuarine, and/or marine fish population ecology and trophic dynamics.

Ecologist (Assistant Professor): Seeking candidates from academic backgrounds in ecology, including, but not limited to feeding relationships, environmental drivers, resource supply and demand and population, community and ecosystem level processes. Candidates who conduct empirical research related to spatial management, coastal, estuarine or marine ecosystem dynamics at spatial scales ranging from estuaries to the deep ocean are encouraged to apply. Duties of the positions include developing and maintaining a rigorous, externally-funded research program in the related area of discipline; teaching courses in a relevant area of specialty and courses based on departmental needs; collaborating on multidisciplinary research projects; mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and providing service to DOCS, LSU, and the State of Louisiana.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in science field. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in fishery science, quantitative ecology, marine science, or related field. Postdoctoral experience is encouraged. Please provide three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address. Attach a Statement of Research and Statement of Teaching on your application. Applications that arrive before March 31 will get full consideration.

To Apply:

postdoc position EU-ERC project bio-economic modelling

Dear All,

Our lab is currently offering 1 postdoctoral position on fisheries bio-economic modelling on the EU-ERC Starting Grant<> project CLOCK.
Please feel free to share the call among your team and peers. Detailed information is available here:

Thank you very much for circulating,


postdoctoral position (convection and clouds) and faculty position (atmospheric dynamics) at UNSW

Dear colleagues,

There is a postdoctoral position at the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW Sydney to work on the physics of atmospheric convection and its role at larger scales. If you know of any suitable candidates for this can you please pass this opportunity along to them? A link to more information can be found here:

https://applicant.hrm.unsw. HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_ SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST& Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant& SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=57632& PostingSeq=1

The deadline for application is 5 March.

We are also advertising an entry-level faculty position in atmospheric dynamics; please pass that information along as well to any suitable candidates along with this link:

https://applicant.hrm.unsw. HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_ SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST& Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant& SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=57628& PostingSeq=1

Candidates for either of these positions are welcome to contact me for more information.

Many thanks,

Job opening – Postdoctoral fellow in fish population modelling for Management Strategy Evaluation, IMR, Bergen, Norway

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We’re hiring a 4-year post.doc to work on management strategy evaluation (MSE) in fisheries management under our strategic project Reduced Uncertainty in Stock Assessment (<> )

For full description see:

Deadline: 26th March


Dr. Erik Olsen
Head of Research
Demersal Fish Research Group

Havforskningsinstituttet / Institute of Marine Research

cell (NOR): +47 934 39 256
E-mail:, Skype: erik.js.olsen
web: , twitter: @erikjsolsen

Postdoctoral/Research Fellow Position at ANU

The Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A) or Research Fellow (Level B) in ocean-sea ice modelling.

The Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow is based in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) group to undertake research into the development and evaluation of global, high-resolution ocean and sea ice model configurations. The Postdoctoral/ Research Fellow is expected to liaise and collaborate with Consortium for Ocean-Sea Ice Modelling in Australia (COSIMA) partners to contribute the Australian research community through the research initiative of COSIMA consortium.

A PhD in physical oceanography, climate science, geophysical fluid dynamics or other relevant field is required as well as demonstrated experience in the modelling the ocean circulation and/or the coupled ocean-sea ice system.

For more information about this position please see the following link:
< job/515488/postdoctoral- fellow-research-fellow-in- oceansea-ice-modelling>
or contact Associate Professor Andy Hogg at andy.hogg

Classification: Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A) /Research Fellow (Level B)
Salary package: Academic Level A ($68,307 – $86,646) Academic Level B ($94,287 – $107,381) + 17% Superannuation
Terms: Continuing (contingent funded) appointment of three (3) years. The appointment may be extended subject to the availability of funding.

Dr Andy Hogg
Associate Professor

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Research School of Earth Sciences
Australian National University

T: +61 (0)2 6125 9962
E: andy.hogg W: andy-hogg


Job Opening: Fisheries Economist, OECD Paris France

Economist – Fisheries( 11158)

The OECD<> is a global economic forum working with 35 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems.

The Trade and Agriculture Directorate<> (TAD), in line with the strategic objectives of the Secretary-General, provides relevant and timely information, analysis and advice in support of governments’ efforts to improve the domestic and international performance of their trade, agriculture, food and fishery policies and to maintain the orderly use of export credits. As part of TAD, the Natural Resources Policy (NRP) Division focuses on issues at the cross-road of agriculture, trade, environment, and fisheries.

NRP is looking for a natural resource economist with a specialisation in fisheries or aquaculture to monitor and analyse fisheries policies and their impact on ecosystems and communities, investigate the productivity and sustainability of aquaculture production systems and support the development of policy recommendations for Governments. The selected person will have excellent analytical, organisational and drafting skills as well as an ability to communicate complex messages to policymakers and the general public in a clear and compelling manner. S/he will contribute to publications and outputs of the Division and report to the Head of the Natural Resources Policy Division in TAD.

Main Responsibilities

Research, analysis and drafting

* Use data-driven analysis to monitor, evaluate and develop policy advice regarding fisheries and aquaculture policies.
* Analyse factors contributing to sustainable productivity growth in fisheries and aquaculture and provide related policy advice.
* Carry out research and draft analytical reports and country studies for consideration by senior policy makers in the area of fisheries and aquaculture.
Meetings, representation and liaison

* Participate in, and contribute to, the preparation of meetings of the Committee for Fisheries and other meetings related to the work of the Division.
* Maintain contacts with officials in Member and non-member countries, national Delegations and international organisations.
* Communicate OECD policy messages to a variety of audiences and represent the OECD to external audiences as required.

Ideal Candidate profile

Academic Background

* An advanced university degree in economics, natural resource management or related field.
Professional Background

* At least three years’ experience in a related field or proven experience conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis in fisheries or aquaculture.
* Good knowledge and understanding of national and international fisheries and aquaculture policy, productivity or sustainability.
* A track record in drafting policy papers or reports, and an ability to translate technical information into clear, concise, policy relevant messages.

* Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
Core Competencies

* Please refer to the OECD Core Competencies<> and the level 3 indicators.

Contract Duration

* One year fixed term, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers<>

* Monthly salary starting from 5,658 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

Please note the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries<>, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.