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Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Associate in Management Strategy Evaluation

List Date: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Close Date: 
Monday, August 19, 2019



The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood business to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

GMRI is seeking applicants for a 2-year position to apply management strategy evaluation to groundfish species in the Northeast U.S. The research will focus on testing the performance of management procedures under climate change. The postdoc/research associate will work under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Kerr and collaborate with a team of scientists at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology, and NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center.


  • Testing the performance of alternative management procedures under climate change scenarios.
  • Incorporating technical interactions as part of mixed fishery analysis.
  • Quantifying biological and economic tradeoffs.
  • Synthesis and visualization of MSE results.
  • Stakeholder outreach and education on management strategy evaluation.

Required Qualifications

  • 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. Applicants with an MS degree may be considered if they have specialized training in MSE.
  • Experience fitting population dynamics models to data for fisheries stock assessment and application of simulation testing frameworks like Management Strategy Evaluation.
  • 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).
  • Experience working in high performance computing environment is preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced through publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations to a variety of audiences


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