[MARMAM] Quantitative Modeler

Emma Dvorak edvorak at integratedstatistics.com
Mon Jul 6 13:36:52 PDT 2020

  Quantitative Modeler

Integrated Statistics is looking for a Quantitative Modeler to support 
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National 
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC).

This position will support the Protected Species Branch (PSB) of NOAA 
NMFS NEFSC. PSB’s mission includes assessing the population status of 
protected species (cetaceans, sea turtles, seabirds, and seals) within 
U.S. waters, and evaluating threats to species and populations due to 
anthropogenic activities. Detailed assessments of species distributions 
and abundances are essential to understand broad scale spatial and 
temporal movements and behaviors. For risk assessment and mitigation of 
impacts, information on seasonal and inter-annual variability in 
distribution, ecology, and behavior at smaller spatial scales is used to 
estimate potential impacts on protected species due to localized 
activities (e.g., fishery bycatch, military exercises, energy 
exploration, shipping traffic, etc.).

The Quantitative Modeler will work on a project modeling spatial 
analysis of whales and other marine species, relative to fishing gear 
and aquaculture. The modeler will build on an existing software product 
to expand its capabilities and support its use by stakeholders.

The Quantitative Modeler will take responsibility for these tasks:

  * Rebuild the current R shiny app, or potentially develop another user
    interface. The goal is to improve graphics, maps, outputs, etc.
  * Expand the current application to:
      o Cover other whale species.
      o Cover other gear types.
      o Update and/or expand whale layers.
      o Expand the geographical scope to Canada.
      o Add the ability to input/collect data on stratified / targeted
        rope strength.
  * Provide modeling support to GARFO Protected Resources Division.
  * Collaborate with NEFSC staff on related economic analyses.
  * Collaborate with aquaculture entanglement working group.
  * Improve the gear threat model by expanding it to gather external
    data (such as entanglement of other species and location) and to
    work in collaboration with other organizations such as the New
    England Aquarium.

The Quantitative Modeler should possess these qualifications and skills:

  * A Master's degree in Quantitative Ecology, Fisheries, or a closely
    related subject that involves spatial manipulation and analysis of
    multivariate data streams. Work experience may potentially be

  * At least five (5) years of extensive experience working with and
    knowledge of:
      o Statistical analyses using generalized linear or additive models;
      o Bayesian hierarchical models;
      o Development of species distribution models;
      o Computer programming experience to create simulated object or
        animal distribution data;
      o Commercial fishery observer data.
  * Excellent programming skills in at least one of the following
    platforms of statistical software: R, Splus, SAS, AD Model Builder,
    Template Model Builder, or C++.
  * Experience and understanding of basic statistical methods.
  * Excellent communication skills both verbally and using written
    materials (including visual presentations), targeting a variety of
    audiences including technical, scientific, and the general public,
    as appropriate.
  * Independent worker with strong time management skills and attention
    to detail.
  * Able to adapt quickly to changing priorities and strict timelines.

The position is expected to last one year. The rate of pay will be 
$33-37/hr, depending on skills and experience, and the position will be 
eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics 
website. To apply for this position, go to 
https://jobs.intstats.com/JobDetails.jsp?jobListingId=259 or visit 
www.integratedstatistics.com, click Employment Opportunities, click the 
job name and click the Apply Here link.

Integrated Statistics is an equal opportunity employer and will not 
discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, 
color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, gender 
identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification 
protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with its 
obligations under federal law, Integrated Statistics is committed to 
taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified 
women, minorities, disabled individuals, special disabled veterans, 
veterans of the Vietnam era, and other eligible veterans. For assistance 
with accessibility of applications, posters, forms, and/or documents, 
please email the Integrated Statistics office.

Integrated Statistics, Inc.
16 Sumner Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Cell: (508) 648-8308
Office: (508) 540-8560
Fax: (508) 721-6841

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