Institute of Marine Sciences: Postdoctoral Scholar (Open until filled. Apply by

Santa Cruz, CA

University of California, Santa Cruz

Institute of Marine Sciences: Postdoctoral Scholar (Open until filled. Apply by 12/18/19)

The Institute of Marine Sciences 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 to investigate the use of modeling to replace the current acoustic tag based methods of estimating green sturgeon movements in the Sacramento River, CA. The candidate is expected to develop models to estimate the fraction of green sturgeon migrating out of the Sacramento River survey area, a crucial parameter for an associated species population model. The candidate is expected to use a combination of adult green sturgeon historic migration track and timing data, along with a set of physical and environmental variables to predict this important migration parameter. The candidate may pursue this through either traditional statistical (Generalized Linear Models, Generalized Linear Mixed Models, Generalized Additive Models, etc.), mechanistic (Agent Based Models, etc.), or phenomenological modeling techniques (Artificial Neural Network, Support Vector Machine, etc.). The candidate is expected to collaborate closely with other researchers at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center who have a suite of datasets and models describing the physical environment fishes encounter during their time in the Delta and Sacramento River.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work under the supervision and direction of Dr. Peter Dudley (UCSC) and will collaborate with other NOAA Fisheries Scientists and UCSC researchers. The position will be based at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Santa Cruz, CA.

Applicants with expertise in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:
  • Experience with statistics involving migratory species
  • Demonstrated knowledge of lotic fish ecology
  • Experience in statistical, mechanistic, or phenomenological modeling
  • Experience in programing languages commonly used for modeling (R, Python, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Demonstrated record of scientific publishing and oral presentation

Postdoctoral Scholar

Negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary $60,000. 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

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in the area fisheries biology/management, statistics, ecological/biological modeling, natural resources management, ecology, or other related field.

As soon as possible after the initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.

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.

Please refer to Position # JPF00786-20T in all correspondence.

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by December 18, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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