Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead a research project on the population ecology and management of Sablefish. The Principal Investigators on the project are Drs. Brendan Connors (DFO Institute of Ocean Sciences), and Sean Cox (Simon Fraser University); key collaborators include Drs. Melissa Haltuch (NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center), and Dana Hanselman (NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center), as well as Carrie Holt and Sean Anderson (DFO Pacific Biological Station).
Sablefish are a long-lived and commercially-valuable deep-water species that range from Southern California to the Bering Sea. Sablefish are assessed and managed at regional scales (i.e., Alaska, British Columbia and the US West Coast) but are a highly mobile straddling stock with little genetic evidence of population structure across these management regions. The conservation and fishery consequences of this mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and the scale of assessment and management are unknown. The objective of this project is to work collaboratively with an international team of Sablefish scientists to conduct a Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) that is based on Sablefish population dynamics and stock structure across their range. We will use the MSE to understand the potential consequences of the mismatch between Sablefish stock structure and management by simulation testing current, and potential future, management procedures (data collection scheme, stock assessment method, harvest policy rules) to quantify their performance against a range of conservation and fishery objectives. The outcomes of the proposed work will provide scientific advice to help advance international fisheries governance by improving our understanding of Sablefish population dynamics and their management implications over the full range of their distribution.
While the focus of the position is on the above research, the position will afford ample opportunity for motivated individuals to lead and/or contribute to other research on groundfish population ecology and management.
ESSENTIAL ASSET QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants must have completed a PhD in fisheries science or a related discipline within the past three years, and have demonstrated expertise in spatial population ecology and advanced statistical and simulation modelling. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and have a proven track record of publishing their research in peer-reviewed journals. The position is available for candidates of all nationalities but those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada must satisfy Canadian immigration requirements.