International Otolith Symposium 2018 15-20 April Keelung, Taiwan

International Otolith Symposium IOS2018 will be the fifth in a series of independent symposia convened since 1993, to encourage the exchange of information and expertise, and promote the development of new techniques and applications for otolith-based analysis in ecology, management, and conservation. This international forum is the centre for the exchange of information on developments in the field. New techniques of analysis, statistical treatment, and indeed new areas of application are all presented in this forum.

Extended deadline for application: 30th December 2017

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PhD position in fish ethology at University of Stockholm, Sweden

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The Department of Zoology consists of five divisions: Ecology, Ethology, Functional Morphology, Population Genetics, and Systematics and Evolution.

The advertised position will be part of the Division of Ethology. There is a long-standing tradition for researchers at the Department of Zoology to collaborate amongst divisions and with researchers from other fields and universities.

Project description 
We are seeking to recruit a PhD-student interested to work in the multidisciplinary project Cognitive evolution in guppies. The project uses the guppy (Poecilia reticulata) as a model to comparatively and experimentally investigate the factors driving cognitive evolution. As such, the project spans over multiple disciplines including field collections, artificial selection, assays of behaviour and detailed tests of cognitive ability, brain imaging and neural density estimations, and analyses of the genomic architecture that orchestrates changes in brain anatomy and cognitive ability.

The project will use both animals from wild populations with known differences in ecology, and from a selection experiment. These animals will be subjected to relevant assays of behaviour, brain anatomy and genomics. The overall aim of the project is thus to increase our understanding of the evolutionary relationship between brain anatomy, cognitive ability and the genome.

The work will mostly be lab-oriented but includes at least one field trip to Trinidad. The project will require hard work but at the same time provide excellent opportunities for personal initiatives and development towards a successful academic career. An important task will be to undertake laborious selection experiments followed by the collection and analysis of complex data in a way that controls for the setup of replicated artificial selection designs. The project is undertaken in a brand new section of the large tropical freshwater fish labs in the Department of Zoology with established assays of brain anatomy, several different aspects of cognitive abilities, swimming parameters, personality, individual and collective behaviour, etc.


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Closing date: 31 January 2018.


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Associate professor position in Macroecology at University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

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Associate professor position in Macroecology at University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Deadline for application: 29th Dec 2017

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Physical oceanographer permanent position at Marine Scotland Science, Aberdeen, UK

fpvjura_1 (1)We are currently seeking applications for a Physical Oceanographer within the Oceanography Group of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Oceanography Group provides the physical environment context across a wide range of multidisciplinary scientific applications in MSS. The very diverse duties of this post include data acquisition (including in the field), processing and quality assurance, scientific programming and interaction with specialist oceanographic instrumentation.

Qualifications Required
A relevant graduate qualification in a mathematical, physical, earth science or any other relevant discipline with evidence of a good numeric ability.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of basic statistical or mathematical analysis of data using appropriate software tools (e.g. Excel, Matlab, R).
2. Experience of basic report writing.
3. Basic knowledge of quality assurance procedures, data handling and processing.
4. Good verbal communication skills to ensure that you can work effectively within the team.
5. As this post requires working on-board research and commercial fishing vessels you must be willing and able to work at sea. You must hold an ENG1 (off-shore) medical certificate or have the ability to pass the required medical.

Desirable Criteria
1. Experience and/or a relevant post-graduate qualification in a branch of aquatic or earth sciences or any other relevant discipline with clear evidence of a strong numeric ability; ideally, physical oceanography.
2. Sea-going and/or field working experience, in particular experience in the use of standard oceanographic equipment in the field.

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Deadline for application: 19th December 2017


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Funded PhD and Master projects in fisheries science at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

CFER Progress Report 2010-2015Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER) and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland are seeking Masters and PhD students to contribute to funded projects that involve improving Northwest Atlantic stock assessments and harvest advice.

This will involve developing spatiotemporal state-space models for fish stock productivity.

 The projects are part of the Oceans Frontier Institute (see Sustainable Capture Fisheries & their Ecosystems program (see,

and the OCI Industrial Research Chair in fish stock assessment and sustainable harvest advice (see

This involves the new graduate program in fisherie science at the the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (see

Students will recevied advanced training in statistics and other quantitative methods for stock assessment,

Students will learn methods to analyze fisheries data and implement models using R and TMB (

Interested students can contact Dr. Noel Cadigan (


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Fisheries scientist position (permanent) at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

(Permanent Position)


Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER)
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland

CFER is in an exciting period of expansion and invites applications for a Fisheries Scientist position. Requirements for this position include a Ph.D. in fisheries science, marine biology, biological oceanography or a closely related discipline with related experience in the North Atlantic or similar fisheries ecosystems. A strong quantitative background and experience in multispecies modeling will be considered assets. Applicants should have the ability to develop an internationally recognized self-directed research program and team focusing on Northwest Atlantic fisheries ecosystems, excellent communication skills, and a strong commitment to supervise graduate students. The ability to work with industry, fish harvesters, and government agencies is also important.
In addition to other external funding sources, this positon will be eligible for research funding for graduate students and Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDFs) through the recently approved 93.7 million dollar Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) initiative ( The OFI is a partnership between Memorial University, Dalhousie University and the University of PEI and is funded through the Canada First Excellence Research Fund. This position is expected to contribute to research outcomes of the sustainable fisheries theme of the OFI.  Opportunities to receive funding from other current and proposed projects is excellent.

CFER was created in 2010 with a mandate to conduct research on fisheries science of the North Atlantic, the Canadian Arctic and other similar ecosystems internationally. CFER has built a dynamic team of research scientists and technical personnel with varying specialties. CFER is now the largest university-based capture fisheries research group in Canada. Graduate students and PDFs play a key role in CFER research. Please go for additional information.

CFER is part of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University which is Canada’s most comprehensive centre for education, training, applied research and industrial support for the ocean industries. Memorial is a dynamic university with teaching and research programs of international distinction. The University has more than 18,500 undergraduate and graduate students supported by 1,100 faculty members and a staff of over 2,500 employees.St. John’s is a family friendly vibrant city, with mild winters and comfortable summers, with a rich culture and history and provides the best of outdoor lifestyles and activities along with city living. Please for more information.


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Deadline for application: 28th February, 2018



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Fisheries technologist position at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

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(4 Year Contractual Position)

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER)
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
The Ocean Frontier Institute
Memorial University of Newfoundland,
St. John’s NL Canada


The successful applicant will participate in the development and delivery of fisheries research initiatives in areas related to fisheries science and resource assessment as part of ongoing CFER research and as part of the recently created Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) ( Specific duties include data compilation, spatial data analysis, producing geographic information system (GIS) material, technical and field support for Research Scientists, operating and maintaining technical equipment, including fishing and oceanographic sampling equipment.

Experience (3-5 years) in spatial data analysis, at sea biological and oceanographic sampling, including the identification of phytoplankton, zooplankton and fishes.  Completion of a Master’s degree in fisheries science, marine biology, biological oceanography or a closely related discipline.  SVOP and MED A1 certificates along with the ability to use quantitative software such as R will be considered assets. Possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to work for extended periods in the field and at-sea are required.


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Deadline for application: January 19th, 2018

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