Deputy Director, Nereus Network (Research Associate)

Research Associate
Deputy Director, Nereus Network
Nippon Foundation Nexus Program

The Nexus Program, based at the University of Washington and affiliated with the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, is currently looking for a Research Associate to as Deputy Director (DD) of its Nereus Network. This network was created as a partnership between the Nippon Foundation, the University of British Columbia, and leading academic institutes in North America and Europe, to undertake interdisciplinary research with the view of developing new knowledge to promote sustainability for the world’s oceans. Now that this research program has completed, the DD will be responsible for actively maintaining and growing the network, promoting its participation in pertinent policy and research discussions, and aligning strategies with those of the Nexus Program. The DD will additionally be responsible for personally leading research projects, specifically under the themes of Blue Economy and ocean development policies.

The Research Associate at UBC will report to the Nexus Program Co-Directors. This position is based in Vancouver, Canada.

Job Description:

  • Partnership Building – Lead the maintenance and growth of the Nereus Network, including relationships with academic, government, non-governmental and private sectors. This includes building the network’s presence in these areas—and likely in the Latin America region—with the goal of enhancing and informing discussion on the needs of coastal communities reliant on marine living resources;
  • Project Development – Design, implement, and enhance a research network, working closely with alumni of the Nereus Program and associated collaborators;
  • Project Management – Lead a series of multi-disciplinary and policy-oriented research workshops and research collaborations, bringing together the diverse expertise represented in the Nereus Network with other pertinent research and policy groups;
  • Research – Conduct research on the Blue Economy and ocean development policy, particularly focused on the implications of policy alternatives for on-the-ground outcomes;
  • Capacity-building – Promote interdisciplinary collaboration and research within and outside of the Nereus Network, particularly involving the participation of Network members in international and national policy design;
  • Outreach and Communication – Liaise with the Nexus Program Communications Officer to inform strategies and products for transmitting and sharing research outputs.


  • In-depth knowledge of multidisciplinary global and local marine issues, backed by publication track record;
  • Solid understanding of and participation in international, national, and regional ocean and development policies, particularly regarding aspects of economics and social-ecological system contexts;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to program-level strategy development and to organize multidisciplinary research teams for pertinent collaborative projects;
  • Research interests focused on the Blue Economy, the role of sustainable human development, alternative livelihoods, and cross-scale policies on ocean sustainability;
  • Experience in applying quantitative and qualitative analyses of marine ecosystems, fisheries, and bioeconomic dynamics;
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement interdisciplinary policy-oriented research projects, from start to finish;
  • Ability to prepare, present and communicate high-quality research findings to a variety of audiences;
  • Organizational planning skills, including an ability to organize and coordinate workshops and seminars;
  • Proposal writing skills;
  • Positive work attitude and ability to work with international research teams as well as independently.


  • A minimum of a PhD degree in fisheries economics and marine policies or related fields;
  • A minimum of 4 years work experience as post-doctoral fellow or research associate (prior collaboration with the Nereus Program would be beneficial);
  • Work experience in economic and environmental policy applications, preferably including developing and developed contexts. Additional field experience in marine-related research, including fisheries, ecotourism, and management strategy, is a plus;
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Working command of written and spoken Spanish would be beneficial;
  • Ability to work in Canada.

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 from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. 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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Deadline: September 16, 2019

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