The Institute of Marine Sciences [https://ims.ucsc.edu/] at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), working in conjunction with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries), invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar, under the direction of Dr. Peter Dudley. The postdoctoral scholar will develop a modeling toolkit to assess the effect of habitat alterations on anadromous fish on large rivers. Humans have and continue to alter many large rivers both for human and wildlife needs. Agencies need to assess how these human actions affect resident fish populations if managers are to mitigate the effects of human actions, recover populations of threatened fish species, and effectively manage resident fish populations. We are developing a mechanistic ecological modeling tool which will allow agencies to predict the effect of proposed habitat altering actions on native fish populations. This modeling tool will be spatially explicit and will use an individual based modeling framework. This call is to fill two postdoctoral scholar positions and one will focus on the development of a portion of this modeling toolkit for green sturgeon, while the other will focus on two salmonids (steelhead and Chinook salmon). While designing and implementing the model, the postdoctoral scholar will investigate the biological mechanisms of how habitat alterations affect the fish, determine the best methods for modeling these mechanisms, aggregate and synthesize literature and data necessary for the chosen methods, and code and test the model and modeling framework. This is an excellent opportunity to both conduct fundamental scientific research into the effects of habitat alteration of resident fish and help in developing a tool which government agencies will use to assess the effects of their actions on resident fish populations. While the model will be general enough to operate on many rivers the initial use will be on the Sacramento River, California. The position is currently funded for two years.
Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:
Demonstrated knowledge of lotic fish ecology
Experience in mechanistic ecological models
Experience in individual based models and related programs and languages
Demonstrated record of scientific publishing and oral presentation
Experience in GIS
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, minimum annual salary $61,000. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at https://apo.ucsc.edu/compensation/salary-scales/index.html
As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.
MAXIMUM DURATION OF SERVICE IN A POSTDOCTORAL TITLE
Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.
Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.
APPLY AT https://recruit.ucsc.edu/apply/JPF00910
Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
Curriculum vitae with a list of at least three references (required)
List of publications (required)
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in the field of fisheries biology/management, natural resources management, ecology, or other related field of study.