Researcher/environmental analyst in fish stock assessment

Ref SLU.ua.2020.2.5.1-1568

Do you want to work in an inspiring environment and contribute to the sustainable use of our oceans, lakes and watercourses? We at the Department of Aquatic resources (SLU Aqua) are passionate about our vision “Viable fish stocks in healthy waters “. We´re expanding, searching for employees who want to develop themselves and make a difference together with us.

The Department of Aquatic Resources conducts environmental monitoring and assessment, consulting, research and education in aquatic ecology with focus on fish and shellfish. The department is SLU’s largest and has more than 180 employees at three main locations: Lysekil, Öregrund and Stockholm (Drottningholm), as well as four field stations.

The department is highly focused on data collection and analysis of fish, fisheries and ecosystems, and is characterized by intensive collaborations with industry, public agencies and NGO:s. This creates a vital research environment and gives us unique opportunities to develop knowledge with high societal impact.

We look forward to receiving your application

For more information about the department: https://www.slu.se/en/departments/aquatic-resources1/

Duties:

The focus of this position is to run the stock assessment of the European eel, and to support colleagues in assessment analyses of additional fish species. Specifically, the applicant will model mortality incurred by eels in Sweden, and evaluate the effects of protective measures and their implementation. The work will also include analyses of population dynamics and processes potentially involved in the historic decline of this species. The applicant will work together with a team at our institute, who are involved in research, data collection, stock assessment and management advice. After an initial period, the applicant will be responsible for the tri-annual assessment of the status of the eel stock in Sweden, and related management advice (national and international). The applicant will also be expected to participate in ICES working group meetings, primary fieldwork, data collection, and database management.

Background:

The population of the European eel is distributed from the North Cape to the Nile Delta, and in all waters in-between – in a single, panmictic population. During the 20th century, the population has gradually declined to ~10% of its former abundance; since 1980 the offspring arriving in Europe rapidly declined too, but luckily is now rising again. Monitoring data for the whole population is incomplete, and hence, the European protection plan focuses on lowering human impacts on a country-by-country basis.

Qualifications:

PhD in biology, with relevant specialization, such as population modeling and/or stock assessment is required. Language skills in English is required, some skills in Swedish is a merit, but definitely not required. Interest and/or experience in related fields of research, such as fish, fisheries, ecology, and aquatic sciences is desired, as is experience in population-dynamics, stock assessment, statistics, modelling, data collection and management. In the context of the European Union protection policy for a species distributed across the continent, the applicant should be able and willing to operate in both national and international contexts, and experience in international projects (as participant and/or organiser) will be regarded as meriting. After the qualification requirements, emphasis will be placed on personal qualities and personal suitability.

Applications must contain:

  • CV and copy of PhD diploma
  • statement of scientific interests and motivation for applying to this position

(3) Description of research experience and other activities of relevance for the position

(4) Contact information of at least two references.

Place of work:

Drottningholm, Stockholm

Form of employment:

Permanent employment. SLU uses probationary employment.

Extent:

100%

Starting date:

1 October 2020

Application:

We welcome your application no later than 2020-06-30, use the button below.

Academic union representatives:

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The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources. The university ranks well internationally within its subject areas. SLU is a research-intensive university that also offers unique degree programmes in for example rural development and natural resource management, environmental economics, animal science and landscape architecture.

SLU has just over 3,000 employees, 5,000 students and a turnover of SEK 3 billion. The university has invested heavily in a modern, attractive environment on its campuses in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala.

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SLU is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact person

Erik Petersson

Professor

010-478 4239

erik.h.petersson@slu.se

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Post expires on Tuesday June 30th, 2020