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Senior Research Associate

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £32,958 to £38,183
Closing Date:   Monday 01 May 2017
Interview Date:   Monday 29 May 2017
Reference:  A1810

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic quantitative fisheries/marine scientist to contribute to a project aimed at understanding how coral reef habitat degradation due to climatic disturbances is influencing fisheries potential and landings. Working closely with the Seychelles Fishing Authority, the project will analyse long-term underwater survey data (>20 years), and fish landings data (>30 years), which span 2 major coral bleaching events that have caused major habitat degradation. Spatially, these data also represent differences in fishing pressure, and management regimes.  Specific aims will include: 1) How fish availability (underwater surveys) and landings have changed through time, 2) How the composition of the catch has changed, and 3) How differing management and habitat condition have influenced these patterns.

Lancaster University is a research intensive university, ranked in the top 1% of universities globally, and in the top 10 for UK universities. The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is a large and multidisciplinary department, tackling environmental challenges across the natural and social sciences. Within LEC, there is particular strength in high diversity tropical systems, including coral reefs and tropical rain forests.

You will have a background in fisheries/marine sciences, and relevant experience in statistical modelling. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the collaborative nature of the research. Attention to detail and good English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project within demanding deadlines.

Informal enquiries to Prof Nick Graham, Lancaster Environment Centre, +44 (0)1524 595054, nick.graham@lancaster.ac.uk.

This is a fixed term contract for one year commencing as soon as possible.

Interviews can be held via skype for those unable to travel to Lancaster.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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