Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Vacancy-Ecosystem Acoustics Scientist-IJmuiden, Near Amsterdam, Netherlands-Wageningen University and Research

Vacancy/Job Position: Ecosystem Acoustics Scientist at Wageningen UR

Organization: Wageningen Marine Research (part of Wageningen University and Research)

Location:    IJmuiden, Netherlands.

Hours:    36 (36 hour work/week)


An experienced marine ecosystem acoustics scientist who can actively apply innovative hydro acoustic monitoring techniques and contribute to sustainable resource exploitation in balance with the marine ecosystem. Wageningen Marine Research carries out applied research into this societal issue and in doing so, works closely with private companies, policy makers and other stakeholders. Hydro acoustics play a key role in this process by providing monitoring observations of marine ecosystem components, from fish and plankton resources to seabed habitat types. This information provides the scientific basis in the policy advice process for sustainable use of marine services. How can we manage fisheries so that the maximum sustainable yield will be achieved? Do offshore renewable energy installations affect species distributions? How can we use acoustic data collected by fishermen to improve ecosystem understanding? Can acoustic techniques contribute to more selective fishing? Can we improve knowledge on marine habitats by using acoustic data? We are looking for a researcher with a solid background in hydro acoustics who can take up such challenges to actively expand the knowledgebase within the institute.
In your work, you will plan, lead, and analyse data from acoustic ecosystem monitoring projects. You will develop and carry out research related to hydro acoustic observation techniques, integrate the fish and ecosystem survey programme with the assessment of pelagic stocks and ecosystem components, take active part in the policy advice process, and attend relevant international expert fora (particularly within context of ICES) that are part of your existing network.
You will contribute strongly to the visibility of Wageningen Marine Research as an expert organisation and appreciated knowledge partner, attract new clients and relationships, and develop new leads resulting in new projects and funding. You will develop and apply hydroacoustic solutions for private clients and actively pursue new market opportunities. You will take a lead role in the acoustics and electronic monitoring team. You have a record of relevant publications that demonstrate your experience, and continue to contribute to relevant peer-reviewed publications to raise the scientific and market position of the institute.

Function Requirements:

An ambitious researcher with an academic postgraduate qualification (preferably with a PhD) in hydro acoustics, Biological Sciences, Mathematics or Engineering. A good quantitative background with training in statistics and/or mathematics is a must. You have substantial relevant work experience in hydro acoustics, ocean engineering or applied mathematics and demonstrable experience in running acoustic monitoring projects at sea, including experience of survey design, equipment calibration and data analysis. This is a scientific post requiring strong analytical skills. You are familiar with spatial models and experienced in the analysis and evaluation of large datasets. Knowledge of a programming language such as R or MATLAB is essential. Experience with stock assessments is an advantage.

You consider it a challenge to work with private industry on joint projects and have a proven track record of designing, acquiring and running your own projects. These involve bigger research projects together with international scientific partners but also projects where you apply your own innovative solutions to the benefit of private companies.

You are a team player, but it is also important to be able to work independently and to take your own initiative. You are comfortable in a leadership role. Your communication skills are excellent, you are a good networker and you are able to perform well in stressful situations. You have experience in presenting scientific results, preparing reports and making presentations to communicate with both specialist and non-specialist audiences. You are flexible in your working hours as this job involves being away on research surveys at sea for up to 8 weeks per year as well as a considerable number of meetings abroad (approx. 4 weeks per year). You translate your applied research into peer reviewed publications and are a mentor to early career scientist in establishing a publication track record. Considering the close cooperation with the fishing industry you are expected to learn the Dutch language.

Working conditions:

An interesting and varied position with a lot of room for bringing in your own initiatives. We pay attention to personal development and offer good opportunities for that. You will be part of a highly motivated group of colleagues. The function level (Hay profile) is Researcher 3-4 (scale 10-11, maximum € 4757,-- per month maximum, before taxes), based on a 36 hour work week. The job location is IJmuiden, but you are expected to work in Den Helder regularly. This is a fixed-term position for a maximum of 2 years with the possibility of a permanent position thereafter.
Contact information:

Please send your application before March 13th (2017)

For more information, contact:
Tammo Bult
of 0317-487162


Wageningen Marine Research is a leading, independent research institute that focuses on strategic and applied marine ecological research. The institute was established in 2006. Products and services are executed on a project basis (more than 400 research projects) and are diverse in nature: field research, experiments on a realistic scale, exploratory studies on lab scale, data management and modelling. The institute has modern research facilities and is ISO 9001 certified. Wageningen Marine Research is an organisational part of Wageningen University and Research.

MSc Student Position - Natural Mortality vs Fishing Mortality - Univ Quebec at Rimouski, Canada (French speaking university)

Masters Student Position Available: Natural mortality vs fishing mortality on Northern Gulf of St Lawrence cod and validity of the population assessment model

Place: Université du Québec à Rimouski & Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Mont-Joli, Québec, Canada

Duration: 2 years

Subject: A population assessment model forms the basis of scientific advice on stock state and exploitation of northern Gulf of St Lawrence cod. This model determines the abundance of cod by summing up catches in previous years assuming that natural mortality (e.g. predation on cod) is much smaller than fishing mortality. However, fishing pressure has been low on this stock in recent years and predation may currently be the main source or mortality, violating a major assumption of the model. The present work is aimed at understanding how important the violation of this assumption might be for the assessment and advice and if alternative assessment approaches need to be explored.

Collaborators: Daniel Duplisea (DFO-IML), Dominique Robert (UQAR-ISMER), Claude Brassard (DFO-IML)

Collaborator contacts:

Daniel Duplisea, Fisheries and Oceans Canada,

Dominique Robert, Université du Québec à Rimouski,

Claude Brassard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada,

Requirements: An undergraduate degree in biology, mathematics or statistics, or other quantitative discipline from a recognised institution.

Application: Please send an email to the collaborators including your CV and a letter of interest.

Start date: September 2017

Language: Although the ability to communicate in English is a definite advantage for the candidate, UQAR is a French speaking university and all course work will be in French. Therefore, we seek candidates who can speak, read and write in French at a level sufficient to complete a Masters degree.

In French:

Projet de maîtrise: Estimation de la validité d'un modèle de population pour le stock de morue du nord du golfe du Saint-Laurent en fonction de la mortalité naturelle (M) et de la mortalité par la pêche (F).

Lieu: Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) & Pêches et Océans Canada, Institut Maurice-Lamontagne (MPO, IML) Mont-Joli, Québec, Canada

Sujet: L'évaluation du stock de morue du nord du golfe du Saint-Laurent repose essentiellement sur une analyse séquentielle de population. Elle constitue également un élément important pour la détermination du niveau d'exploitation. Ce modèle permet d'estimer l'abondance de la population à partir de la sommation des captures à l'âge selon les années en considérant que la mortalité naturelle (M) (e.g. prédation sur la morue) est inférieure à la mortalité par la pêche (F). Cependant, ces dernières années, la pression par la pêche est faible et la mortalité naturelle semble très élevée, ce qui transgresse les principes de base de ce modèle. L'étude proposée consiste donc à déterminer l'importance de cet élément sur la validité des résultats et à vérifier si une autre approche devrait être mise sur pied.

Collaborateurs : Daniel Duplisea (MPO-IML), Dominique Robert (UQAR-ISMER), Claude Brassard (MPO-IML)

Coordonnées des collaborateurs :

Daniel Duplisea, Pêches et Océans Canada, daniel.duplisea[AT]
Dominique Robert, Université du Québec à Rimouski, dominique_robert[AT]
Claude Brassard, Pêches et Océans Canada, claude.brassard[AT]

Exigences: Diplôme universitaire en biologie, mathématique ou statistique, ou autre discipline quantitative d'une institution reconnue.

Comment appliquer: veuillez faire parvenir (par courriel) aux collaborateurs votre candidature en incluant votre CV et une lettre démontrant votre intérêt pour ce projet.

Début du projet: septembre 2017

Langue : Bien que la capacité à communiquer en anglais soit un excellent atout, le programme de deuxième cycle de l'UQAR est offert en français.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Graduate position in marine climate change ecology at Rutgers University

Rutgers University is seeking an outstanding PhD student to study the responses of marine communities to climate change and climate velocity. The research group has broad interests in marine ecology, climate change, biogeography, dispersal, fisheries, and population genetics/genomics. Student projects will generally overlap with these areas, but independent thinking and new ideas are strongly encouraged.

Potential projects include (but are not limited to):

1) the reassembly of coastal marine communities across North America in response to changing climate, 2) the cumulative impacts of climate change, fisheries, and other stressors, and 3) approaches for adapting marine conservation and fisheries management to changing climates. We have extensive existing datasets on which to base these studies, and all projects can involve a mix of meta-analysis, statistical modeling, theoretical ecology, and field work (including opportunities to build from existing programs in the northeast U.S. and in the Philippines). Enthusiasm, excellent written and oral communication abilities, and strong quantitative skills are necessary.

Application process

Interested candidates should send an email describing their motivation and research interests along with a CV, GPA, and GRE scores (if available) to:

In-progress applications to external fellowships are also viewed favorably. Qualified candidates will be contacted and encouraged to apply to the graduate program in either Ecology & Evolution ( or Oceanography (, depending on student interests. Ph.D. applications are due January 10th (E&E) or January 15th (Oceanography). Financial support for Ph.D. students is available from research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships.

Rutgers University

Situated in New Jersey, a crossroads of American enterprise, commerce, and culture, Rutgers has a vibrancy that derives from its location and a history entwined with that of the nation. Chartered in 1766, the university is the only one in the United States that is, at once, a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. Located within an easy drive of New York City, there are nonetheless an exceptionally wide array of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems nearby. Within a single day, one can visit and study habitats of the continental shelf, estuaries, barrier islands, coastal plains, the piedmont, Precambrian highlands, and ridge and valley geological provinces.

Ecology at Rutgers has a long and distinguished history, and the graduate program consists of approximately 70 faculty and 95 graduate students. The program offers graduate education and training in microbial, plant, animal, and human ecology under the direction of an outstanding faculty, including at two marine stations. Members of the faculty actively pursue research in conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbial ecology, population and community ecology, population genetics, and restoration ecology.

The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences serves as the hub for research programs in marine and coastal sciences and provides a focus for the education of marine scientists. The Institute is housed in a state-of the-art research building that includes seawater, morphometrics, molecular biology, remote sensing, ocean modeling and cartography laboratories. The Marine Field Station in Tuckerton operates year-round and is uniquely situated across from the Little Egg Inlet in the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary, one of the most pristine estuaries on the east coast.

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources and the Institute of
Marine and Coastal Sciences Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA