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Postdoctoral Scholar - Importance of peripheral populations for climate adaptation and productivity of Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Importance of peripheral populations for climate adaptation and productivity of Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod

Position Details

Position Description

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington Seattle, in collaboration with the Hatfield Marine Science Center of the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, the Farallon Institute, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Fisheries and Ocean Canada, seeks a Postdoctoral Scholar to conduct low coverage whole genome resequencing of Pacific cod in and off the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea is situated at the border of Washington State and British Columbia, and includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will join the Marine Population Genomics Lab (, a research group that investigates population structure, dispersal and adaptation in marine species. The Postdoctoral Scholar will investigate the potential for evolutionary rescue of Gulf of Alaska cod by gene flow from peripheral population in the Salish Sea. Selective changes in cod populations in the Salish Sea and the Gulf of Alaska during the mass mortality event in the 2016 heat wave will also be investigated. Existing habitat suitability projections under climate change will be modified using physiological tolerances of southern edge populations. There is potential for involvement in additional projects on Pacific cod, herring, rockfishes and invertebrates.

The salary for this position will be $65,508 per year, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

The position will start as soon as possible, but no later than August 1, 2023. The initial appointment will be 100% FTE for one year, with potential renewal for a second year.


  • PhD in Biology, Molecular Genetics, Fisheries Science, Statistics or related disciplines
  • Basic knowledge of population genetics/genomics
  • Experience with the analysis of large scale genomic data
  • Proficiency with statistics and data analysis
  • Familiarity with programing languages such as R and Python
  • Willingness to collaborate with NOAA, WDFW and University scientists
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize scientific findings in the form of written manuscripts and oral presentations.


All applications should be submitted through Interfolio. Consideration of applicants will begin on 15 March 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Application packages should include the following:

  1. Cover letter outlining interest in the position and how it aligns with career goals
  2. CV
  3. Contact information (institution, email and phone number) for three professional references

Applicants with inquiries regarding this position should contact: Lorenz Hauser at ( 

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