PhD position on recreational fisheries at SLU, Sweden

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of
Aquatic Resources (SLU Aqua), Institute of Marine
Research, is looking for a highly motivated PhD-student
to improve the knowledge on recreational fisheries to be
applied in the assessment of the status of natural
Recreational fisheries constitute a significant component
of fish and crustacean mortality in many parts of the
world. Thus, beside its social and economic importance,
recreational fishery is increasingly recognized as an
important component in the assessment of exploited
populations. Yet, recreational fisheries in European
marine waters have only recently been characterized and
on a very limited number of populations. The absence of
this information implies that the impact of recreational
fisheries on natural resources is in European waters are
largely unknown. This project aims to bridge empirical
description of recreational fishing and quantitative stock
assessment. Some of the objectives of the project are (i)
to quantify the total removals and analyse the biological
structure of the recreational catches; (ii) to characterize
the different segments of the recreational fisheries: (iii) to
analyse the biological and social overlaps between the
different segments of the recreational fisheries; (iv) to
investigate the importance of the recreational fisheries
compared to commercial fisheries in terms of biological
impact, but also geographical overlap and
socio-economical contribution (v) to apply the gained
biological information in the evaluation of the status of
different exploited populations. The results of the project
will generate new knowledge on recreational fisheries
and will be used in fisheries and ecosystem-based
management. The project will focus on recreational
fisheries in Swedish waters but comparisons with other
countries will also be made.
The PhD student will work at SLU Aqua in Lysekil with
working and training periods abroad. SLU Aqua has
extensive national and international collaborations. The
PhD position includes opportunity of exchanges within
this large research network, participation in research
surveys, and involvement in ICES stock assessment
work. Periodically intensive field work is part of the
position. The successful candidate will interact with the
other PhD students enrolled at SLU Aqua.

The candidate should have an MSc degree or equivalent
in Biology/Ecology/Environmental Sciences with skills in
quantitative statistics, or in Statistics/Mathematics with
strong documented interest in biology. Particular merits
are experience in field and laboratory work with fish and
crustaceans and in sampling design. Familiarity with
recreational fisheries and stock assessment are merits.
Experience in conducting opinion polls is an asset.
Demonstrated skills in scientific writing are an advantage.
Personal qualities such as dedication, high degree of
self-motivation, creativity, initiative and independence as
well as ability to collaborate with colleagues are essential.
Very good communication skills in spoken and written
English are required. Skills in spoken and written
Swedish are an advantage.

SLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
A person has basic eligibility for third level education if he or she
has taken a second level qualification or has completed course
requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at
least 60 higher education credits at second level.
Selection among applicants meeting the requirements is made
with reference to written application including curriculum vitae, copies
of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the
dissertation for masters or undergraduate degree, a list of at least
two references familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified
knowledge of the English language and an interview.
Read more about the PhD education in
the Handbook for postgraduate students

Read about the PhD education at SLU at


Further information:

Dr. Andreas Sundelöf,, +46(0)104784069
Prof. Michele Casini,, +46(0)104784016.

Applications, marked with ref no SLU ua 4070/2016, must have
arrived at the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, S- 750 07 Uppsala or
no later than 2016-11-27.

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