Postdoc position - Fisheries Population modeller/fisheries Oceanographer to investigate effects of climate change on cod spatial distributions and trophic interactions in the north Atlantic. The period of employment is 1.5 years with possibilities for prolongation. Starting time is January 17, 2012.
DTU Aqua is part of the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate based at the University of Copenhagen. We have three positions vacant in the area of fish population dynamics and biodiversity. Additional information about the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate can be found here: http://macroecology.ku.dk/
Research area and questions
Cod is a widely distributed high level predator in marine ecosystems of the north Atlantic. It preys on species such as herring, capelin, and northern shrimp. The predator-prey interactions between cod and its prey will likely change as climate change progresses during the coming decades. These changes could occur because distributions of cod and prey species will shift. However, some species may change their distributional ranges more than others and the changes themselves will depend on regional differences in the impact of climate change on hydrographic conditions in local areas. Research will investigate how the distributions of the species will change, and how to integrate knowledge of species interactions between cod and its prey into species distribution models. Expected outputs are new combined species distribution – trophic interaction models which include process knowledge of both predator and prey biology, and maps of forecasted distributions of predator and prey.
The work should consider species’ entire ranges, rather than on a local stock-by-stock basis, and address the regional impact of climate change on key life history parameters (e. g., recruitment, growth, maturation). The work should integrate species interactions (e. g., predation), population dynamics modeling (e. .g, cohort analyses, predator-prey interactions) and species habitat modeling, and yield process-oriented insight to mechanisms affecting distribution and abundance in different areas of the north Atlantic.
Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).
We are seeking a population or ecosystem modeller/fisheries oceanographer with interests in effects of climate change on population dynamics, marine ecosystems and biogeography. The candidate should have a strong background in fish population/ecosystem modeling, quantitative statistical methods and computer programming (e. g., R, Matlab); experience with GIS desirable.
The candidate should also have excellent writing and oral presentation skills in English (i. e., as documented by publications in peer-reviewed literature and conference presentations), and is expected to present results in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences.
Salary and terms of appointment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.
The candidate will be located at the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Copenhagen, but will be employed by DTU Aqua.
Further information can be obtained from Professor Brian MacKenzie, e-mail: ---, +45 3588 3445.
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Applications should be received no later than 31 October 2011.
Applications should be submitted online. Please open the link "apply for this job online", fill in the application form and attach all the following documents:
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
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