You are here: Home Work at SFG Current Job Openings

copy_of_ScorpianFishThomasSharpMarinePhotobank_cut.jpg

Current Job Openings

Fisheries Economics Postdoctoral Researcher

Job Description: SFG (http://sfg.msi.ucsb.edu/) is a research team affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. SFG develops innovative science, particularly using bioeconomic modeling and spatial analysis, and applies it to real-world challenges to improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses. SFG's research focuses on topics such as spatial fisheries management, marine protected area design, financing fisheries reform, marine spatial planning, data-poor stock assessment, catch share design, and global fisheries assessment. Our applied projects include work in Latin America and the Caribbean, Tonga, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and the United States.

SFG is currently seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a collaborative project between SFG and The Nature Conservancy that will investigate biological and economic impacts associated with alternative scenarios for the institutional structure of the tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. The primary responsibility of this position will be to lead the development of a bioeconomic model that can be used to evaluate and compare outcomes of various management scenarios for tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Additional responsibilities will include: soliciting and incorporating expert advice on modelling framework, identifying relevant and appropriate policy performance indicators, leading technical workshop(s) to present and refine modelling methods and results, creating tools and outreach materials to help with the socialization of this project’s findings, contributing to peer-reviewed publications, and mentoring other SFG staff on economic models and methods.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Fisheries Science or a closely related discipline, and at least 3 years of experience in empirical fisheries economic research and modeling

Additional Qualifications

  • Familiarity with tuna fisheries and their management in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean
  • Advanced modeling experience in R statistical software
  • Extensive experience with management, synthesis, and analysis of large datasets
  • Relevant academic and/or practical experience conducting fisheries modeling and/or stock assessments

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in economic modeling of fishing fleets and/or bycatch reduction methods
  • Proficiency using GitHub, , Shiny, and other modern data management, sharing and presentation interfaces
  • At least two peer-reviewed publications in an internationally recognized journal
  • Excellent communication skills to contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, deliver presentations, and translate scientific concepts for diverse audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO and government partners and to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team.

Salary and Benefits:

100% time appointment for one year from start date, with strong possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance and funding. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, full benefits package included. Start date is negotiable, but ideally would be no later than August 1, 2016.


To apply, visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00755 and follow the instructions. A current CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references will be required.

Initial review of applications will begin July 11, 2016.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Sustainable Fisheries Project Researcher

Position: Sustainable Fisheries Project Researcher (Associate Specialist- 2 positions)
Sustainable Fisheries Group, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara

Job Description: SFG (http://sfg.msi.ucsb.edu/) is a research team affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. SFG develops innovative science, particularly using bioeconomic modeling and spatial analysis, and applies it to real-world challenges to improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses. SFG's research focuses on topics such as spatial fisheries management, marine protected area design, financing fisheries reform, aquaculture, marine spatial planning, data-poor stock assessment, catch share design, and global fisheries assessment. Our applied projects include work in Latin America and the Caribbean, Tonga, Indonesia, China, Philippines, and the United States. One of the primary responsibilities of this position would be to contribute relevant research and provide scientific support for a partnership with the Waitt Institute (http://waittinstitute.org/) focused on collaborations with local governments and communities to create comprehensive ocean zoning and fisheries management solutions that improve sustainability and productivity.

SFG seeks a Master's or PhD level individual to conduct research and analyses for diverse research projects, including but not limited to: leading economic analyses and biological assessments of marine resources, conducting literature reviews and syntheses focused on fisheries, ecology and natural resource economics, and running bioeconomic models and tradeoff analyses in order to address critical ocean problems, and help improve the ecological and economic performance of fisheries and other ocean uses.

The successful applicant will have the technical skills to contribute to existing models used by SFG and develop new models and analyses independently. We are seeking an adaptable, motivated team player who is able to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple concurrent projects. The successful candidate would also be involved with working with partners on the ground to communicate results to diverse audiences and developing products to influence natural resource management decisions and policy outcomes, including both peer reviewed publications and products aimed at non-technical audiences.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s in marine ecology, natural resource economics, environmental science and management, fishery science or related field or 5-10 years of experience providing analytical research support to applied projects.

 

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellent quantitative, statistical and modeling skills including experience developing and manipulating models related to fisheries management, stock assessment, aquaculture, MPA design and/or marine spatial planning;
  • Coding skills and proficiency with Matlab and/or R;
  • Relevant academic and/or practical experience with fisheries modeling, stock assessment, quantitative ecology, bio-economic models, and/or natural resource economics;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to contribute to reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, deliver presentations, and translate scientific concepts for diverse audiences;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build and maintain strong relationships with academic, NGO and government partners and to work effectively as part of a highly collaborative research team;
  • Ability to balance a diverse portfolio of responsibilities simultaneously;
  • Willingness to travel internationally.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working on international fisheries or marine conservation projects with multiple partners;
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (e.g., ArcGIS);
  • Proficiency with Github, Shiny, and other modern data management, sharing and presentation interfaces;
  • Interest or experience working on the interface and dynamics between aquaculture and wild capture fisheries;
  • Familiarity with scientific literature on small-scale fisheries assessment and management;
  • At least one peer-reviewed publication in an internationally recognized journal;
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Dutch.

 

Salary and Benefits: Associate Specialist position, with level and salary step commensurate with qualifications. 100% time appointment for one year from start date, with strong possibility for additional year(s) of employment contingent upon performance. Start date is negotiable, but ideally would be no later than August 8, 2016. Full benefits package included.

To Apply: Initial review date will be June 15, 2016. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references online at:

https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00734

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Positions at Florida State University

The following positions are with SFG collaborator, Sarah Lester, at Florida State University: