Senior Research Associate (CORU)

Principal Investigator: Professor William Cheung
Location: UBC Point Grey Campus, Vancouver, B.C.
Length of term: 2 years
Deadline for applications: December 15, 2019
Position start date: January 1, 2020

The Institute for Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia invites applications for an appointment as a senior Research Associate within the Changing Oceans Research unit. The successful applicant will work full-time to drive and support ongoing projects within the CORU unit across a range of initiatives seeking to support ocean solutions.

The work will cover a broad range of areas in marine resource management, particularly related to oceans and food, small-scale fisheries, illegal marine activities and climate and fishing impacts.

We seek an enterprising and creative individual with expertise in both ecological and social science disciplines and demonstrated experience in addressing real-world challenges of sustainability in coastal and ocean environments. The senior Research Associate should have the ability to develop and lead innovative research, and be interested in working in a professional, interdisciplinary work environment. A strong background in the natural sciences coupled with a robust understanding of socio-economic pressures and drivers and how these can tangibly inform policy directives is essential.

The successful applicant will be expected to lead both scientific and policy research, focusing in particular on (i) how management decisions will impact natural resources and the flow of ecosystem services communities derive from them; (ii) the role of seafood in the shift towards a sustainable, healthy food system; (iii) how small-scale fisheries contribute to sustainable livelihoods, and can improve food and nutritional security in a climate change context; (iv) the importance of equity in a sustainable ocean economy; (v) the development of cost-effective solutions for the broad-scale implementation of electronic monitoring and optimised analysis of resultant footage; (vi) academia-industry partnership aimed at promoting the adoption and implementation of management guidelines for good fisheries practices.

It is further expected that the candidate will publish findings in peer-reviewed publications; support and expand upon existing collaborations; work with relevant partners to develop competitive, interdisciplinary grant proposals; and provide mentorship and support to the unit’s students.

Qualifications requirements:

  • PhD in marine/fishery science, geography, natural resources management, environmental sciences or closely related discipline;
  • At least 5 years experience at the postdoctoral or research associate level combined with a demonstrated publication record;
  • At least 5 years professional experience in the fisheries/natural resources management sector with demonstrated stakeholder engagement and project management skills.

Essential skills and attributes:

  • Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative assessments of marine ecosystems under climate, fishing and other anthropogenic pressures;
  • Experience in compiling, standardising and analysing socio-ecological and fisheries data;
  • Experience with Ecopath and Ecosim (and Ecospace preferred);
  • Demonstrated project management experience with strong networking, relationship-building and management skills, as well as experience in seeking and securing funding for research projects;
  • International experience and proven ability to work in new regions;
  • Demonstrated ability to build capacity across a range of ability levels and to provide intellectual leadership and direction as well as mentoring and supervision of students and research staff;
  • Experience in working with and demonstrable communication, diplomacy and partnership-building skills across a broad range of stakeholders with;
  • Strong written and verbal communications kills with a proven publication record in the peer-reviewed literature;
  • Strong competency to work independently as well as part of a multidisciplinary and diverse team;
  • Familiarity with international biodiversity, natural resource and livelihood issues, especially in the developing world and a proven ability to embed science in management and policy;
  • Ability to seek and secure funding for research projects.

Desirable skills and attributes

  • Proven ability to work in French;
  • Working, including fieldwork, experience in developing countries to facilitate pragmatic contextualisation

This is a full-time, two-year appointment that may be renewed subject to programming and funding. The Research Associate will be based in Vancouver.

To apply:

Applications, including a detailed CV; a cover letter detailing why you’re interested in the position, your relevant skills and expertise; copies of two relevant publications; and the names, emails and phone numbers of three referees should be sent to

Deadline for applications: December 15, 2019

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.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Please indicate your legal status to work in Canada.