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From: Chris Harrod <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:20:01 +0100

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Post-Doctoral Researcher


Job Posted: 28 Aug 2013

Closing Date for Applications: 13 Sep 2013

School: School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time

Job Type: Research

Salary: 33,975 - 38,155 p.a. (New Entrants)


Position   Summary




Applications   are invited for an experienced marine mammal biologist with
strong ecological modelling skills and with specific experience in working
with large datasets and associated contextual marine environmental data. 




Project:  The overall aim of this Beaufort Marine   Award is to harness and
integrate the diverse research expertise required to   develop a Centre of
Excellence on the Island of Ireland that focuses on the   development of an
Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAF). It brings   together a
consortium with a research track record that collaborates to turn   the
available concepts and principles of an EAF into pragmatic action plans
that can be used for the management of fisheries.  The identification,
quantification and   reduction of marine mammal - fisheries interactions is
an important element of   this research.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:


To model and map the distribution and habitat use of key marine species, in
particular cetaceans, in relation to environmental variables and fisheries


To co-ordinate the collation, analysis and integration of existing and
future biological/environmental/fisheries datasets, including discard,
bycatch and fishing effort data.


To assist with proposal writing and with on-going research. 


To contribute to dissemination and promotion of the Project through
publication (in peer reviewed journals, at conferences and stakeholder




PhD with relevant marine mammal biology/ecology research experience.


Good publication track record.


Familiarity with abundance and distribution data of cetaceans and seabirds.


Expertise in statistical and spatial modelling of
biological/environmental/fisheries data.


Expertise in integration and visualisation of marine environmental and
biological datasets.


Experience with Geographical Information Systems (GIS), data modelling (e.g.
ArcMarine), databases, data management, web technologies and metadata


Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Demonstration of project management and networking skills.


Understanding of current fisheries management practices and issues.



The Beaufort Marine Research Award is grant aided as part of the   Irish
Government's National Development Plan (NDP), by the Department of
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) and the Department of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF) under the Strategy for Science
Technology and Innovation (SSTI) and the Sea Change Strategy. The project is
co-operatively implemented by University College Cork, the Marine Institute
and Queens University Belfast.


Post   Duration: 1.5years



Key Duties and Responsibilities


This title will apply to newly qualified Post-Doctoral Researchers and will
be considered as a period of training as the researcher will have dual goals
in terms of the research project and their own career development.    The
researcher will be mentored by a Principal Investigator (PI).  It is
expected that a researcher would spend not more than 3 years at the Post
Doctoral level, subject to the term of the project and would then be
eligible to compete for a Senior Post Doctoral post advertised by the



The primary focus of the Postdoctoral Researcher will be research however a
particular emphasis during this stage should include;


To conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision and
direction of a Principal Investigator/Project Leader. 


To engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities
as required by the Principal Investigator, School or College in order to
develop research skills and competencies. 


To gain experience in grant writing. 


To engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they
are engaged, as directed by, with the support of and under the supervision
of a Principal Investigator. 


To become familiar with the publication process. 


To acquire generic and transferable skills (including project management,
business skills and postgraduate mentoring/supervision). 


To engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research
group, School or College. 


To interact closely with postgraduate research students who are studying for
a Masters or a PhD and possibly have an agreed role in supporting these
students in their day to day research in   conjunction with an academic


To carry out administrative work to support the programme of research. 


To carry out additional duties as may reasonably be required within the
general scope and level of the post. 


To contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the
financial management of a research project.





A PhD qualification.Appropriate research experience.


Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.


A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.


Good communication, organisation and interpersonal skills.


A commitment to gaining practical experience working on a research project.


Ability to work well within a team.



For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact: Name: Dr Emer
Rogan; Email Address: [log in to unmask] ; Telephone:  +353 (0) 21 4904645.


To Apply:


Please submit a letter of motivation and C.V. including details of at least
three references to Dr Emer Rogan, E-mail Address: [log in to unmask] on or
before the closing date 13th September 2013, with interviews being held in
the week of 30th September  2013.  



Supplementary Information on the Department/Research   Centre and the post
is available at the following:       and




University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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