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: http://www.alaska.edu/benefits/

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

Apply online: http://careers.alaska.edu/cw/en-us/job/505316/post-doctoral-fellow

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.