Post-doctoral Associate in Quantitative Fisheries

We are seeking a postdoctoral scientist to work on a 2-year project to evaluate climate effects on distribution and recruitment of Northeast US fish stocks:

Northeast Climate Integrated Modeling to Meet Ocean Decision Challenges:

Evaluating climate effects on black sea bass and Atlantic cod stocks

The successful candidate would be an active member of collaborators at Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Rutgers University. The research project will 1) evaluate management strategies under scenarios where distribution and productivity of populations are affected by climate and 2) evaluate climate effects on at least 2 fish stocks that are commercially important in the Northeast United States.

Black sea bass and Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod are of primary interest for investigations of climate effects as they will be undergoing research track assessments in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Ongoing projects at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center have expanded a general state-space age-structured assessment framework (

The successful candidate for this position would further extend the model to allow relevant climate effects on the above stocks, apply this model to these stocks to evaluate evidence for climate effects, and evaluate the relative performance of models that account for climate effects using a management strategy evaluation framework. 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.

Saltwater Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


The postdoc will be hosted by the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center at the Woods Hole Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.

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.


$55,000 annually plus benefits, administered through a ProTech contract held by Saltwater Inc.

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 (; 206.588.1401). Inquiries regarding the position are also welcome. Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

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