Fisheries Modeller – Wellington, NZ
The Fisheries Modelling Group at NIWA seeks two Fisheries Modellers; one at a senior level with a breadth of mathematical, statistical, modelling and programming skills in fisheries analysis, as well as leadership and mentoring capability; the other at an intermediate level of experience. These positions will join a team of specialist fisheries and stock assessment staff, and will apply statistical and mathematical techniques to problems related to the distribution, abundance and dynamics of fish populations, and species such as seabirds and marine mammals taken as fishery by-catch, as well as the development of marine ecosystem modelling approaches. The positions support both consultancy and research projects, focusing on fisheries stock assessment and the effects of fishing on the environment. The work will primarily be on projects contracted to NIWA by the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Department of Conservation, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and potentially other clients (e.g., the fishing industry). The more senior position includes advisory roles with colleagues across NIWA, while both positions may include supervision of postgraduate students wishing to pursue fisheries modelling careers.
The positions will lead, or contribute to, the development of highly innovative and complex software solutions and/or databases, products and/or complex models, including:
- Analyses or simulation studies using programming languages such as C++ and R.
- Population dynamics/ecosystem models
- Tools for spatial population modelling and state space modelling • Design, revise, and review new methodologies
- Reporting and presentation of results to both technical and non-technical audiences
The preferred candidate for the senior role will have a PhD in fisheries/mathematical science or a closely related field, with 10 or more years of experience in the development of statistical methods in support of fisheries science. The preferred candidate for the intermediate level role will have a Masters or a PhD degree in a fisheries/mathematical science or a closely related field, with 3 or more years of experience in fisheries stock assessment and/or the effects of fishing on the environment.
To apply for these roles, please visit our website https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/niwa/niwa-jobs