Research Associate (Nereus Program Manager)

Research Associate (Nereus Program Manager) – University of British Columbia (Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Faculty of Science)

The UBC Nereus Program is currently seeking a Research Associate with expertise in the area of biological and economical modelling as well as the impacts of climate change on the economics of marine fisheries at both global and regional scales. The Research Associate position will also overlook the Nereus Fellows Network and build network with different international intergovernmental organizations.

The Nereus Program is a global interdisciplinary initiative created to further our knowledge of how best to attain sustainability for the world’s oceans. The Program is an international collaboration between The University of British Columbia (UBC), The Nippon Foundation (Japan), and nineteen other leading marine research institutions.

The position is based in the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus.

Job Description:

  • Research – Conduct research on understanding the effect of climate change on marine resources, economics of fisheries and its subsequent socio-economic impacts at global and regional scales, with a focus on linking fishing effort dynamics with climate-living marine resource models, exploring the impacts of climate change on revenues and jobs, and analyzing the potential policies and measures for mitigating and adapting to these global changes;
  • Project Development – Design, implement, and enhance a research network, working closely with past, current, and future members of the Nereus Fellowship Program and associated collaborators;
  • Project Management – Coordinate projects between the Nereus Program partners, and initialize and organize meetings and workshops with the research partners;
  • Partnership Building – Assist with the maintenance of the Nereus Program’s relationship with academic, government, non-governmental and private sectors, particularly international intergovernmental organizations;
  • Financial Management – assist in overseeing the budget plan and financial reports of the Nereus Program;
  • Data Portal – manage all the data request for the Sea Around Us catch data from the Nereus Fellows.


  • Extensive knowledge in biological and economics modelling;
  • Strong background on marine conservation and fisheries-related knowledge, backed by a solid publication track record;
  • Experience in applying quantitative and qualitative analyses of marine ecosystems, fisheries, and bio-economic dynamics;
  • Research interest focused on understanding the impact of global change on marine resources, ecosystems and the subsequent socio-economic impacts and exploring different mitigation and adaption measures for these changes;
  • Experience in working on projects related to climate change vulnerable regions;
  • In-depth knowledge in spatial analysis;
  • Experience in data management using software including Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL and MySQL etc.;
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to work and communicate with various top marine science and conservation institutions and scientists through different interdisciplinary collaborative projects;
  • Organizational planning skills, including an ability to coordinate and manage different projects;
  • Agreement and proposal writing skills;
  • Positive working attitude and have the ability to work in team environment and independently under different circumstances;
  • Passion in environmental conservation, climate change impacts, fisheries related issues, and socio-economic consequences under different global changes.


  • A minimum of a PhD degree in climate change and fisheries economics or related fields;
  • A minimum of 3 years work experience as a postdoctoral fellow or research associate;
  • Work experience in climate change assessment impact on marine resources, fisheries and economics, preferably at both global and regional contexts. Additional field experience in database management and spatial analysis, is a plus;
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Working command of written and spoken Chinese would be beneficial.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval, and the salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The appointment will be from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, with the possibility of extension.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications form members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit or Indigenous person.

We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.

Applications, consisting of a cover letter and CV, should be sent to with the subject “Nereus Research Associate – Program Manager”. Applications are due July 31st, 2017.