NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowship in Social-Ecological Modeling of Forage Fish Systems

We have an exciting new NSERC postdoctoral position housed within the Hakai Network at Simon Fraser University, in collaboration with the Ocean Tipping Points Project. Applicants should send a cover letter, short statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, reprints of relevant publications, and three letters of reference to margoth@sfu.ca by January 31st 2014. We will continue to receive applications after this date until a successful candidate is found. Ideally, the successful candidate will start this spring.

Please see the full position details and contact information here

About the Opportunity:

Simon Fraser University, The Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems and Management, and the Ocean Tipping Points project invite applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in applied fisheries ecology, with focused research on modeling the social-ecological interactions between an ecologically and culturally important forage fish, Pacific herring, and coastal communities in British Columbia. Together, we seek applicants interested in contributing to an interdisciplinary research group composed of marine ecologists, fisheries scientists, oceanographers, geneticists, policy analysts and archaeologists. The post doc will play an important cross-cutting role in this group, integrating the ecological, cultural and economic implications of herring and working directly with our community partners. The successful Post-Doctoral Scholar will be appointed for two years with funding from a National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Project Grant. They will be based at The Hakai Network at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. Field research will be based at the Hakai Beach Institute on Calvert Island, and First Nations communities on Central Coast and Haida Gwaii regions of British Columbia. This research will also involve an international collaboration with the Ocean Tipping Points Project. The salary for the position will be commensurate with experience ($40 -50,000) with grant-supported travel and research funds ($10,000).

About the Competition:

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in marine ecology, fisheries science or a relevant field at the time of appointment, and should have a demonstrated track record of high quality research. The successful candidate will work closely with Drs. Anne Salomon and Margot Hessing-Lewis with the Coastal Marine Ecology and Conservation (CMEC) lab, the Hakai Beach Institute, The Herring School, and Drs. Carrie Kappel, Phil Levin and Jameal Samhouri from The Ocean Tipping Points project, as well as our Coastal First Nations partners (Haida Fisheries and the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department). A strong quantitative background with demonstrated use of modeling skills in fisheries and/or ecological disciplines is preferred. Knowledge of loop/network analysis and decision-making modeling tools will be considered a strong asset. In addition, experience working with coastal communities, commitment to collaboration across disciplines, and a working knowledge of qualitative research techniques would be greatly valued.  A theoretical understanding of SES (Social-Ecological Systems) thinking and its practical application should be demonstrated.