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Postdoctoral Fellow - GRANT-FUNDED

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA

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Job no: 509345
Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions



OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Postdoctoral Fellow DIVISION: Academic Affairs

WORKING TITLE: Postdoctoral Fisheries Researcher SCHOOL: Fisheries Oceanography




REPORTS TO: Dr. Kevin Stokesbury

SUPERVISES: Graduate and undergraduate research assistants


The postdoctoral fellow will collaborate with scientists at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and other related research institutes and companies to develop and apply statistical models to fisheries research data, specifically that of the US scallop and groundfish fisheries, as well as offshore wind. The candidate will provide leadership to members of the lab and assist other researchers with their specific projects. The postdoc will take a lead role in the writing and publication of reports, peer-reviewed papers, and presentations at scientific meetings on the results of their research. The postdoc candidate will also assist the lab with any other projects as the discretion of the supervisor.


  • Conduct laboratory, field, and computational research
  • Participate in at-sea data collection
  • Conduct advanced statistical analysis on drop camera survey design
  • Conduct geostatistical analysis and multidimensional scaling of survey data
  • Prepare final reports for research requirements
  • Prepare and publish manuscripts
  • Prepare proposals for grant funding opportunities
  • Provide clear and regular communication to the supervisor on research progress
  • Present work at conferences or program reviews
  • Aid graduate and undergraduate research assistants in the academic objectives
  • Provide training on research techniques and methods
  • Interact with NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, New England Fisheries Management Council, and other research institutes with regards to ongoing and proposed research projects
  • Assist with outreach to promote research to the community


EDUCATION: PhD or equivalent in a related field, such as Fisheries Science, Biology, or Ecology.

EXPERIENCE: Experience and a corresponding publication and grant record

OTHER: Strong pedagogical skills, strong written and oral communications skills.


  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to effectively manage a small group of researchers
  • Knowledge of fisheries management
  • Experience with fisheries stock assessments
  • A proficiency in statistical analysis and modeling specifically for commercially important shellfish species
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as evidenced through publications, composition of final reports, and presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to design and facilitate to completion original research ideas


  • Previous work related to an area of research that aligns with the research goals of Dr. Kevin Stokesbury and the Marine Fisheries Field Research Group

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

To apply please submit online a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for up to three references.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Advertised: 16 Aug 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:


Located on the Massachusetts south coast, only a short drive from Cape Cod, Providence and Boston, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been ranked among the top northern public universities by U.S. News and World Report. The quality of life on the south coast of Massachusetts is rich with cultural attractions, beautifully preserved and restored historic districts, museums, live theatre and an excellent educational system. Recreational opportunities include boating, beaches, rivers, golf courses, camping grounds, beautiful state parks, waterfront parks and a new zoo.

UMass Dartmouth offers a broad range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees vital to the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of the region. It has an enrollment of over 9,200 students in over 40 undergraduate and 36 graduate programs (including 11 at the Ph.D. level) offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charlton College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School for Marine Science and Technology. The main campus was designed by the eminent architect Paul Rudolf and is located on 710 acres in North Dartmouth. Other university sites include theCenter for Marine Science and Technology on the waterfront in New Bedford, the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River and the Star Store Center for the Arts in New Bedford. 

While retaining its commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, UMass Dartmouth has increased dramatically its research and outreach activities during the past ten years. R&D spending has increased in the last five years from $20.1 million to $25.6 million and the university has established centers in Policy Studies, Portuguese Studies & Culture, Business Research, Marine Science &Technology and Indic Studies to significantly expand its research and public service activities in ways that meet regional needs but have global impact.

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