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Post Doctoral Fellow - Fisheries/Oceanography

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

The School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, in collaboration with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), is seeking one postdoctoral associate to lead a project in “How Multispecies Portfolio Theory Can Facilitate Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management”. All applicants should have strong analytical skills with a background or interest in fisheries science. Descriptions of project and project team can be found below.

The position has an annual salary of $55-60K with benefits and funding for travel to scientific meetings. The successful candidate could begin as soon as possible. The position will be administered through an annual contract with SMAST, and funds are available to renew the contract conditional on performance.


Required Qualifications:

  • A completed (or nearly-completed) PhD degree in a relevant discipline, such as fisheries science, marine science, statistics, oceanography, ecology, quantitative ecology, or other related field that demonstrates a strong quantitative background.
  • Demonstrated experience of fluency in statistical/modeling programming languages (e.g. R, Matlab, Python).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced preferably through publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and reporting and presentations to a variety of audiences.

Preferred Qualifications include research experience in:

  • statistical analysis and data management in marine or fisheries applications,
  • spatial analysis of ecological data,
  • advanced statistical modeling,
  • economic and social science,
  • communications with resource managers and stakeholders in fisheries and other marine industries.


Project Description:

The University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology, in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service is investigating the feasibility of implementing multispecies portfolio approaches to U.S. fisheries, with a focus on the New England and South Atlantic as case study regions. The goal is to show proof of concept as to whether these approaches can prevent overfishing, improve sustainability, and increase value of fisheries. If so, this project could help facilitate more ecosystem-based approaches in fisheries management.

The position will primarily be located at SMAST (New Bedford, MA). The associate will work closely with NMFS researchers on the project.  They are also expected to engage with students and staff at SMAST.


Effective September 27, 2021, UMass Dartmouth requires that all members of the campus community are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination.

Interested applicants that meet the requirements should review the SMAST Code of Conduct and Diversity Statement, then submit an application consisting of cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least three professional references on the UMass Dartmouth Employment Opportunities page.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the positions can be directed via email to the project leads as listed below.


Position contacts:

Questions about this position can be directed by email to Dr. Steve Cadrin (scadrin@umassd.edu) or Dr. Jason Link (jason.link@noaa.gov).


For more information about benefits and working at UMass Dartmouth, view the Human Resources website.

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