Job Vacancies and Post-doctoral Opportunities
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 (https://apply.interfolio.com/86782) with the following: (1) A letter of interest detailing your skills and experience. (2) A curriculum-vitae including publications. (3) Three letters of recommendation.
Two positions in Australia
- A Research Scientist – Hydrologist position at CSIRO Land and Water in Canberra.
- A PhD opportunity at the University of Queensland
CSIRO Land and Water Research Scientist
CSIRO Land and Water is seeking a motivated Research Scientist – Hydrologist to join the Water Security Program. To be successful, you will need experience in hydrological process modelling, river system modelling and remote sensing applications in hydrology and experience in programming and working with large data sets. To apply, please go to https://jobs.csiro.au/job/Canberra%2C-ACT-Research-Scientist-Hydrologist/731619200/?locale=en_GB
PhD project at the University of Queensland
The Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory at the University of Queensland, Australia seeks a PhD student to work on an exciting new project: forecasting ecosystem responses to environmental change
There is a growing consensus that using models to anticipate the future is vital to mitigate the impacts of environmental change on ecosystems. Yet most ecological models are one-off attempts to predict what ecosystems might be like in many years or decades. This makes it hard for decision-makers to use these models. It also favours models that are not easily scrutinised and improved. A new international study will use an iterative cycle to 1) forecast how species occurrences and abundances will change over short timescales; 2) use predictions to inspect model failures and 3) improve models so that we can continue to learn. This represents a new way of thinking in ecology that, like weather forecasting, has the power to advance our understanding of ecological processes.
The PhD project
The candidate will work within a vibrant team of quantitative ecologists and spatio-temporal modellers to tackle two major questions in ecological modelling:
(1) When can multivariate models improve forecasts of species distributions, abundances and biodiversity compared to simpler models?
(2) What aspects of models and data control forecast uncertainty across space and time?
Benefits of the project
The student will be based at The University of Queensland within the School of Veterinary Science, supervised by Dr. Nicholas Clark and A/Prof Ricardo Soares Magalhães. The candidate will work with a diverse group of international researchers, including Dr Konstans Wells (Swansea University, UK), Prof Ethan White (University of Florida, USA) and A/Prof Wenbiao Hu (Queensland University of Technology). Additional support will be given by partners at the Ecological Forecasting Initiative and the Spatial Epidemiology Laboratory, including assistance in computer-based data analysis, model building and scientific communication. The selected student will have the opportunity to work with all partners on this project but will be based at UQ.
This project will help develop the candidate’s skills in critical thinking, project management, data management and analysis, writing and communication. Expected applications of the project are incredibly diverse, meaning the student will be well prepared for a future career in research or with government and non-government land management, biosecurity or conservation agencies.
This PhD scholarship is funded by the University of Queensland, providing a tax-free PhD stipend and full tuition fee support. The scholarship is for three years, with two possible six-month extensions. Funds are also available for the student to attend scientific conferences and workshops.
Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.
Competitive applicants should have
-A BSc with First Class Honours or Masters degree in ecology or statistics
-A strong interest in ecological modelling, time series analysis or conservation science
-Excellent time and data management and interpersonal skills
-Evidence of well-developed verbal and written communication skills
-Publication record in international peer-reviewed journals
-Experience with stochastic data simulation and analysis
-Knowledge of script-based statistical languages such as R or Python
How to enquire
For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please contact Dr. Nicholas Clark at email@example.com. The expression of interest should include a cover letter and CV including names and contact details of 3 referees (2 pages max) and an academic transcript. Short-list applicants will be interviewed (via video conferencing if necessary) to better determine the applicant’s fit, motivations and capabilities.
With current travel bans extending the timeframe for international applicants to commence, UQ will only accept on-shore (domestic and international students residing in Australia) applicants for this scholarship. If the commencing candidate is onshore but interstate, they will be required to come to Queensland to begin.
Expressions of interest will close 14th June 2021
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