Three Postdoctoral Researcher Positions in Management Strategy Evaluation

A team of scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), and NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA NEFSC) are seeking applicants for three postdoctoral positions to apply management strategy evaluation (MSE) to groundfish species in the Northeast U.S. The research will focus on testing the performance of management procedures under climate change. The postdocs will work with a team of experts in the study of climate impacts on fish and fisheries and the application of MSE, including Dr. Lisa Kerr and Dr. Andrew Pershing (GMRI), Dr. Gavin Fay and Dr. Steve Cadrin (UMass Dartmouth), and Dr. Sarah Gaichas (NOAA NEFSC). Two positions will be based at GMRI (Portland, ME) and one based at UMass Dartmouth (New Bedford, MA).

The scope of work will include the following:

o     Developing relationships that describe climate impacts on population processes.

o     Constructing operating models to emulate population dynamics.

o     Simulating models under climate change scenarios.

o     Testing the performance of alternative stock assessment models.

o     Apply alternative harvest strategies under climate change scenarios.

o     Incorporating technical interactions as part of mixed fishery analysis

o     Quantifying biological and economic tradeoffs.

o     Stakeholder outreach


  • A completed (or nearly-completed) PhD degree in a relevant discipline, such as Fisheries Science, Statistics, Ecology, or other related field that demonstrates a strong quantitative background.
  • Experience fitting population dynamics models to data for fisheries stock assessment and application of simulation testing frameworks like Management Strategy Evaluation is preferred.
  • Knowledge of fisheries management, and understanding of the management process in the U.S.
  • Demonstrated experience and fluency in statistical/modeling programming languages (e.g. R, AD Model Builder, Template Model Builder).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced through publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations to a variety of audiences

The positions have competitive annual salaries plus benefits. Start date is flexible; the successful candidate could begin as early as October 2017. The positions will range from 2-3 years in duration. To be considered for all three positions, please submit application materials through both links below.

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Gulf of Maine Research Institute Positions:


UMass Dartmouth Position: