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Current Opportunities

Research Associate

Location: Changing Ocean Research Unit and Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Deadline: September 4, 2017

We are currently seeking a Research Associate with expertise in modelling ecosystem functioning and dynamics of social-ecological interactions at both regional and global scales. The position is based at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus. The Research Associate will be responsible to develop, lead and participate in projects under the Changing Ocean Research Unit and Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program.

Two PhD Student Opportunities

Global Modeling Group
Location: IOF, UBC

The two PhD student opportunities (PhDs) are to work on a research project at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries ( conducted in cooperation with the Pacific Salmon Foundation ( The study, Environmental Productivity Patterns of the Salish Sea, seeks to determine the primary factors affecting the survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Salish Sea, and is conducted as part of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project (SSMSP, This project seeks to understand how the environmental productivity of the Sea has changed over the half century along with the consequential impacts throughout the ecosystem.

One of the PhDs will be responsible for the development of a spatial ecosystem model of the Salish Sea based on the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) approach and software, building on previous work in the area along with the extensive databases that have been built as part of the SSMSP (

The other PhD will further develop an individual based model (IBM) of juvenile salmon survival and distribution patterns in the Salish Sea, which will obtain hydrographic and biogeochemical information from a GETM/FABM (, model of the Salish Sea that will be built as part of the project as well as food web information from the EwE model that is being developed through the same overall activity.

Postdoctoral Position

Plankton Ecosystems Lab
Location: IOF, UBC

The candidate will apply biochemical approaches (bulk and compound specific isotope analysis; fatty acids) to a case study in the Strait of Georgia (SoG). The SoG supports the largest salmon and herring populations in British Columbia. Currently there are multiple initiatives conducting research into declines of salmon in the SoG and recruitment drivers of juvenile herring. The candidate will be expected to participate in and collaborate with these ongoing field programs to collect plankton and fish samples for this study, and will additionally have access to archived samples from 2015-2016. In addition, the candidate is expected to work with concurrent ecosystem modelling efforts, specifically through providing a regionally specific food-web framework to guide coupling of the physical, chemical and biological model components.

Please also take a look at these External Opportunities.