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Postdoctoral Scholar - Pacific Hake

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Pacific Hake

Position Details

Position Description

The College of the Environment fosters existing and new collaborations between outstanding faculty, staff and students who are engaged in the study of: the solar system and Earth’s dynamic land, water and atmosphere; the development and application of environmental engineering and technological advances; and the impact of policy and human actions on the environment, and the management of natural resources.

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) is dedicated to sustaining healthy marine and freshwater environments. Our school comprises one of the largest and most diverse academic aquatic and fisheries sciences programs in the United States. Our faculty conduct innovative research from the organism to the ecosystem scale, and are recognized leaders in aquatic biology, sustainable fisheries management, and aquatic resource conservation.

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences values the strengths and professional experience that students, faculty, and staff bring to our community. We are committed to providing excellent education to all of our students, regardless of their race, gender, class, nationality, physical ability, religion, age, or sexual orientation. We are proud of the different roles that our students, staff, and faculty play in the community of the School and in the College of the Environment. We recognize that science is richer and the SAFS community is more vibrant when a diverse group of people participate in the SAFS community.

Pacific hake supports one of the most important commercial fisheries on the US West Coast (generating $60 million in 2017) and is also one of the most abundant predators in the California Current Ecosystem (CCE). Investigating the relationships between hake trophic interactions and population dynamics is an important research need for stock assessment and ecosystem-based management. The postdoctoral scholar will quantify the relationship of hake consumption to prey availability, including specific prey items such a small hake and krill, to more accurately assess hake growth, mortality, and recruitment to inform stock assessment models. This will be accomplished by evaluating the influence of hake in the CCE food web using an implementation of the CEATTLE (Climate-Enhanced, Age-based model with Temperature-specific Trophic Linkages and Energetics) ecosystem model with the newly available hake diet data.

The anticipated start date is June 25, 2021, but this is negotiable. The initial appointment is for 1 year, with reappointment possible pending performance review and funding availability. Applications should be submitted, but the position will remain open until filled. This is a full-time position located at the University of Washington in Seattle. The post-doc will be supervised by Dr. André Punt (University of Washington) and will primarily collaborate with Drs. Melissa Haltuch, Kristin Marshall, Isaac Kaplan, and Elizabeth Phillips (NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center).


Responsibilities Include:

  1. Developing a CEATTLE model for California Current Pacific hake;
  2. Working closely with researchers at University of Washington and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center to parameterize the CEATTLE model;
  3. Conducting projections of the CEATTLE model under various harvest strategies and climate scenarios;
  4. Working collaboratively in a team setting and participating in group meetings; and
  5. Preparing results and leading writing efforts for peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific conferences.


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.



  • PhD or foreign equivalent in Quantitative Ecology, Fisheries Science, Applied Statistics or a related field.
  • Experience fitting complex models to diverse data sets;
  • Experience or training in fish population dynamics, bioenergetics models, multispecies or ecosystem modelling, and simulation experiments
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as R, and/or related applications such as AD Model Builder, and Template Model Builder.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative setting.


  • Experience or training in  and multispecies stock assessment models.


To apply please submit your application through Interfolio with the following: (1) A letter of interest detailing your skills and experience. (2) A curriculum-vitae including publications. (3) Three letters of recommendation.

For questions about this position, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Kenyon Foxworthy, at

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