[MARMAM] Job posting - postdoctoral researcher

Rogan, Emer e.rogan at ucc.ie
Wed Sep 17 10:17:07 PDT 2008

Beaufort Post-doctoral researcher  


Marine Ecologist:  marine mammal - fisheries interactions 


Applications are invited for a Beaufort postdoctoral position in marine mammal and fisheries interactions.  The successful candidate will be based in Dept. Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science, University College Cork.  This post is part of a large 7 year research programme on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAF), co-ordinated by UCC with partners in Queen’s University Belfast and the Marine Institute, Galway.  


Project:  There are two key elements to this component of the project.  An ecological risk assessment framework for the effects of fishing will be developed, at a fishery and area level, involving the compilation of large datasets on fisheries (landings, discarding, effort), modelling, and stakeholder involvement.  The second element includes examining the interactions of cetaceans and fisheries, modelling the spatial and temporal overlap of cetaceans and fisheries and developing plans to mitigate cetacean bycatch.  


Candidate: Our ideal candidate should hold a PhD in cetacean, fisheries or marine ecology, with at least three years post-doctoral experience.  The candidate should be highly motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.  Applicants should have a high level of competence in spatial modelling and data analysis, be familiar with current methods in fish stock assessment, cetacean abundance estimation, cetacean distribution modelling, oceanography and GIS, have experience dealing with stake holders and should be able to match up policy demands with research output.  They should have an excellent academic record, strong inter-personal skills and a good publication record.  The candidate will be expected to participate at relevant ICES and marine mammal meetings and publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals.  In addition, the candidate may be required to undertake some lecturing in the Department of Zoology, Ecology & Plant Science at UCC


Duration and Salary:  Duration is 6.5 years conditional upon review at the end of year three. Starting salary (gross) is €55,000 pa rising to €79,000 pa with annual increments


Application: The closing date for applications is 26th September 2008.  Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae & the names of two referees.  Candidates should submit their application via e-mail to E.Rogan at ucc.ie.  


As part of the Irish Government’s National Development Plan (NDP), the Beaufort Marine Research Award is grant aided by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) under the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation (SSTI) and the Sea Change Strategy.  



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