[MARMAM] Postdoctoral Researcher: Large Whale Statistical Modeling

Emma Dvorak edvorak at integratedstatistics.com
Wed Feb 2 10:13:08 PST 2022

Integrated Statistics is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to 
support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science 
Center (NEFSC).
NEFSC's Protected Species Branch 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 Postdoctoral Researcher will assist with the statistical analysis 
needs of the Large Whale Program, focusing primarily on population 
assessment of North Atlantic right whales. The postdoc will work on the 
population viability assessment (PVA) for North Atlantic right whales. 
The PVA work has two major components: retrospective model fitting of 
historical sightings data to estimate demographic parameters, and 
exploring future population dynamics under various scenarios related to 
environmental conditions and mitigation of human interactions with 
whales through policies enacted under the Endangered Species Act and 
Marine Mammal Protection Act. The postdoc will work with members of the 
Population Evaluation Team subgroup of the Right Whale U.S. 
Implementation Team, including scientists across multiple federal 
agencies and NGOs (e.g., New England Aquarium).


  * Assist with further development of the PVA.  This includes
    developing and fitting new and existing population models to
    sightings data and improving an existing individual-based population
    projection model to facilitate its current and future uses as a
    management tool.
  * Assist with other statistical needs in PSB, serving as a consultant
    and collaborator to biologists monitoring protected species.
  * Provide support for science and management needs. Duties include
    analyzing data and preparing presentations for stakeholder meetings,
    environmental impact statements, biological opinions, and scientific

*Qualifications and Skills*

These qualifications and skills are required:

  * PhD in quantitative ecology, statistics, wildlife ecology or similar
  * Strong background in statistical modeling including experience in
    Bayesian and frequentist concepts
  * Advanced programming in R
  * Experience publishing scientific research
  * Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written (including
    visual presentations) with a variety of audiences including
    technical, scientific, and the general public
  * Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  * Strong project management skills
  * Attention to detail
  * Adaptability to quickly changing priorities and strict timelines
  * US citizenship and presence. Ability to comply with EO 14042.

These qualifications and skills are desired:

  * Experience with Bayesian hierarchical modeling
  * Experience with capture recapture modeling
  * Model fitting with BUGS/JAGS/NIMBLE
  * Programming and database management (e.g., PL/SQL, version control
    with Git)
  * Familiarity with visual survey data collection and processing methods

The position will be full-time for one year with the possibility of 
extension. The position is eligible for the benefits described on the 
Integrated Statistics website. The position will probably start remotely 
but with the goal of intermittent in-person work at the NEFSC lab in 
Woods Hole, MA. To apply for this position, go to 
https://jobs.intstats.com/JobDetails.jsp?jobListingId=291 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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