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Senior Research Associate in coral reef fisheries

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £34,804 to £40,322
Closing Date:   Wednesday 30 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A3401

An exciting opportunity exists for a fisheries scientist or quantitative marine ecologist to contribute to an EU funded project: COMFORT – Our Common Future Ocean in the Earth System.

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 landings, and to investigate opportunities for fisheries adaptation. The project will analyse underwater survey data and fish landings data in the context of varying degrees of habitat degradation across the Indo-Pacific region. Spatially, the data span gradients of fishing pressure and include multiple fisheries management strategies, such as protected areas and gear restrictions.  Specific aims may include the following, and will be developed with the candidate: 1) How fish availability (underwater surveys) from coral reefs map onto landings, 2) How fisheries dependence on coral reef species correlates with socio-ecological predictors, 3) If the diversity of habitats targeted by fisheries confer vulnerability to climate disturbance, and 4) If novel species compositions arising from climate degradation have changed the planetary boundaries for coral reef fisheries. 

Preferred candidates will have a background and PhD in fisheries/marine sciences, and relevant experience in statistical modelling, coding (R, Python), and writing papers. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and good interpersonal skills are essential. 

Lancaster University is a research intensive university and in the top 10 in the UK. 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 rainforests. LEC offers a highly collegial and stimulating environment for career development based on departmental values and embedded Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) considerations and actions. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

You will join us on an indefinite contract however the role remains contingent on external funding, which is currently for 12 months and we will seek opportunities to extend this timeframe.

We anticipate interviews will be held in July 2021. 

What to include in each document of your application:

Cover Letter Please discuss why you are interested specifically in this position, and how it fits with your career goals. Please also describe any skills you have developed that are relevant to this post, and how you may seek to develop this area of research. 

CV Please include a 2-page CV.

Supporting Statements: Please provide a supporting statement for each Personal Specification point that is listed as being scored via “Supporting Statements”. This should include examples that provide evidence of your experience and expertise. Aim for one paragraph per criteria (~50-200 words).

Referees: Contact information for at least two referees.

For more information, see the Further Information link below.

Informal enquiries to Prof Nick Graham or Dr James Robinson  

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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Further details:

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We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.



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