Position Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher – Oyster Assessment

Agency: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, Maryland

Location:  Annapolis, Maryland

Description:  The overarching goal of the research project is to conduct a stock assessment oysters in the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay.  The post-doctoral researcher will have primary responsibility for developing statistical models to estimate oyster abundance, natural and fishing mortality rates, and biological reference points.  This project provides an exciting opportunity for cutting edge quantitative fisheries science and management because natural mortality can be estimated, data exist to develop spatial models, and management has substantial flexibility to consider non-traditional reference point and management options. Duties include analyzing fishery dependent and fishery independent data, working collaboratively with the research team on model development, and presenting scientific information to stakeholder groups.  The post-doctoral researcher will work on site at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and collaborate with a research team composed of UMCES and MDNR scientists.  This is a joint position with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 

Qualifications:  Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in fisheries or a related field, experience managing and analyzing large fisheries data sets, and programming in statistical languages like AD Model Builder or Template Model Builder.  Use of database and statistical software packages is required.  Candidates should have strong written and oral communications skills and demonstrated experience applying fisheries models.

Salary: $65,000 per year and excellent health care and retirement benefits.

Term: 2-year position with the second year contingent on satisfactory performance

Closing date: December 30, 2016 or until filled

Desired start date: February, 2017

Contact:  Send cover letter, C.V., and contact information for three references to personnel@cbl.umces.edu.  Please reference Oyster Assessment Post-Doc in the subject line.

UMCES is an EOE/Affirmative action employer.  Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.