Post-doctoral Associate in Fisheries Simulation Modeling

“Is the stratified mean really the best estimate? A simulation tool to investigate approaches for incorporating biology and the environment in survey abundance indices.”

Saltwater Inc. is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to expand and apply a simulation model exploring the impact of climate change on regional fishery independent survey data and the subsequent use of such data in fishery stock assessments. The objectives of this work will be to:

1) Develop software to generate survey observations of simulated marine species;

2) Test the effects of changes in survey gear and spatiotemporal distribution shifts on perceived abundance and habitat use; and

3) Evaluate methods to account for these changes, such as standardizing abundance indices to account for environmental covariates or directly incorporating environmental terms in assessment models. Tools to conduct such simulations exist, such as the R package MixFishSim.

The successful candidate will take the lead with applying and expanding this package to simulated survey data for fish stocks assessed by the NEFSC and evaluate the use of these data in fishery stock assessment models.

The successful candidate will work with a team of Population Dynamics researchers (Chris Legault, Liz Brooks, and Tim Miller) with experience and interest in this topic. The post-doctoral collaborator will also lead publication of peer-review articles on this research and present the work at scientific and stock assessment working group meetings.


This is 2-year research opportunity; second year of funds contingent on federal budget.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in quantitative fisheries, statistics, applied mathematics, marine fisheries ecology, theoretical ecology, or a related field.
  • Strong quantitative skill.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in quantitative modeling, stock assessment, population dynamics, statistics, and computer programming (R, Template Model Builder, AD Model Builder) are preferred.
  • The successful candidate will be motivated and capable of working independently and collaboratively.


The postdoc will be hosted by the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center at the Woods Hole Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA (currently 100% remote due to COVID-19).

How to Apply

E-mail a cover letter describing your interest in the position, a CV, and the names and contact information of two references to Stacey Hansen (

Inquiries regarding the position are also welcome. Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

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