Thursday, August 11, 2011

Post-doc opening in our research group

Time-series modeling of large-scale population and community processes
Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, Seattle, WA

NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) has a large research group using time-series modeling to study ecological dynamics.  Our research interests are diverse, including estimating species-interaction strengths, inferring environmental and anthropogenic drivers of population and community dynamics, estimating stability metrics, detecting change points and regime shifts.  We have numerous long-term and large-scale time-series data on fish, marine mammals, and plankton, which we use to study a wide array of basic and applied ecological and fishery questions.

We are seeking a post-doctoral scientist (recent or fairly recent grad) to join our research group.  Strong quantitative skills along with a background in aquatic or fisheries ecology are necessary for this position including a record of publication.  The ideal candidate would also have experience and interest in one or more of the following areas:
· statistical modeling, esp. hierarchical modeling
· time-series analysis
· population and/or community dynamics
· fisheries management
· salmon biology
Post-doctoral positions are initially supported for 1 year with extensions up to 3 years contingent on satisfactory progress and submitted publications.

Why come post-doc at the NWFSC?  You will join a supportive, collaborative and productive team of quantitative ecologists at NWFSC who are using time-series modeling to study ecological dynamics.  Our center of 300+ research scientists has a large number of post-doctoral fellows and provides a stimulating and productive environment for research.  Post-docs trained in our group obtain a strong grounding in modern ecological statistics and have high success obtaining positions at both federal research and academic institutions.  Close proximity to the University of Washington (a 10min walk) facilitates on-going  collaborations with faculty and post-docs in the UW School for Fishery and Aquatic Sciences and other departments across campus.

Interested? Contact one of the PIs below to discuss the position in more detail.  Please attach a CV, recent publications, , and a brief statement describing your background, including any programming and modeling expertise.  If you will be at the AFS meeting, we'd love to talk with you.  Review of candidates will start in earnest after AFS in mid-September.

PIs on this project are:

Eli Holmes
Mark Scheuerell
Eric Ward

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