Postdoctoral Opportunity: Ichthyoplankton metrics as fishery-independent indicators of ecosystem change along the US west coast from California to Alaska

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, announces the availability of a full-time position for a Postdoctoral Research Associate through the National Research Council. We seek an innovative, quantitative ecologist with prior experience with time series analyses and working with large data sets (physical and biological) to join our multidisciplinary team. The Postdoctoral Associate will utilize multi-decadal ichthyoplankton data sets collected from the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and California Current ecosystems to develop cross-LME ichthyoplankton indices and metrics for use in forecasting and ecosystem-based fisheries management. Analyses will include evaluating spatial-temporal scales of coherence among fish assemblages along the west coast of North America, examining potential relationships with environmental drivers, and the assessment of ichthyoplankton assemblages as indicators of ecosystem status.

Candidates with robust statistical modeling expertise that may include traditional multivariate analyses (PCA, hierarchical clustering, ordination), GAM, dynamic factor analysis, and/or Random Forest and Gradient Forest Models are preferred.

Location: The incumbent will be based at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA, working with Dr. Lauren Rogers and Dr. Janet Duffy-Anderson in the Ecosystems and Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (Eco-FOCI) Program ( Collaborators include Dr. Richard Brodeur (Northwest Fisheries Science Center) and Dr. Tony Koslow (Scripps Institution of Oceanography).


  • Ph.D. in quantitative marine ecology, biological oceanography, fisheries, ecology, biostatistics or related discipline. 
  • Prior experience with advanced statistical analyses.
  • Prior experience in fish early life history and ecology preferred. 
  • Good organizational skills, proven ability to manage diverse data sets, and willingness to work and collaborate in an interdisciplinary group. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential. 


Stipend: ~$56,000 US/year  

To Apply:  Applications must be made through the National Research Council website (opportunity 26.03.40.C0003). The period for applications is open June 1 – August 1, 2017. Funding is available for one year.

For more information: Contact Dr. Lauren Rogers (206-526-4243;, or Dr. Janet Duffy-Anderson (206-526-6465;  Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact one of the advisors prior to application.

Published May 26, 2017 10:50 AM - Last modified May 26, 2017 10:50 AM