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Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Salmon Modeler

The McAllister Lab in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with expertise in population dynamics modeling, fisheries stock assessment, and fisheries management strategy evaluation to work on two collaborative projects.

On the first project, the candidate will formulate a spatially and seasonally structured multi-stock chinook salmon population dynamics model.  The candidate will also provide assistance with the application of a management strategy evaluation model for B.C. herring stocks.  The project includes fisheries scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and commercial fishermen. The candidate will work closely with project PhD students and will take the lead in publishing one journal article and help to co-author two other papers. 

On the second project, the candidate will extend a landscape-scale computer simulation model of small-lakes recreational fisheries to predict recreational fishery outcomes. The project includes academics from the University of Calgary, Simon Fraser University, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C., and B.C. Ministry of the Environment.  The candidate will take the lead in publishing one journal article.   

The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Murdoch McAllister and Dr. Tom Carruthers.

Candidates must have:

  • a PhD awarded within the last five years, with specialization in fisheries science, biomathematics, or similar field;
  • successfully completed one or more graduate courses in statistical theory and population dynamics modeling and have two or more years of experience on applying the Bayesian statistical approach; 
  • four or more years of experience in developing spatially- and seasonally-structured stock assessment models for fisheries that simultaneously capture multiple different fish stocks;
  • two or more years of experience in developing new computer simulation evaluation models to evaluate different fisheries management policy options;
  • four or more years of programming experience in computer languages and software such as R, C, C++, ADMB, Fortran, Visual Basic 6.0. 


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.


We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.  Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.


This position is subject to final budgetary approval, and the annual salary will be in the range of $45,000 - $55,000 and commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension. The anticipated start date is July 2, 2015.


Applications, consisting of a cover letter, CV, unofficial transcripts, and three references with contact information should be sent to with the subject “Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Salmon Modeler”. Applications are due by 9:00 a.m. PDT on June 17, 2015.

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