Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate-Fisheries Modeling


The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Our scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. We infuse our discoveries into the policy arena and design solutions with fishermen and seafood businesses to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. We share our discoveries with the public and nurture a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. Our education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among our next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, we serve over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is seeking applicants for a 2-year postdoctoral researcher position. The postdoc will work under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Kerr and collaborate with a team of scientists at GMRI, Rutgers University, and NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA NEFSC).  The research will involve application of management strategy evaluation to inform marine resource decision-making under projected climate change in the Northeast U.S. shelf ecosystem as well as development of climate-informed stock assessment models. 


  • Stock assessment
  • Model development for and application of management strategy evaluation
  • Performance testing of climate informed stock assessments.
  • Managing code in Github repository
  • Synthesis of results in project reports and manuscripts
  • Presentation of results to stakeholder audiences
  • Project management
  • Development of decision support tools for use by stakeholders
  • A completed (or nearly-completed) PhD degree in a relevant discipline, such as Fisheries Science, Marine Fisheries Ecology, Applied mathematics, Statistics, or other related field that demonstrates a strong quantitative background.
  • Experience fitting population dynamics models to data for fisheries stock assessment and application of simulation testing frameworks like management strategy evaluation.
  • Knowledge of fisheries management, and understanding of the management process in the U.S.
  • Demonstrated experience and fluency in statistical/modeling programming languages (e.g. R, AD Model Builder, Template Model Builder).
  • Experience working in high performance computing environment is preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced through publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Eligible to work in the United States


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Salary and Benefits

Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Salary: $55,000 to $60,000

Application Instructions

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

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