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Postdoctoral research fellow in FSA under the Demersais project.

Fellowship advertisement

There is a competition for a postdoctoral fellowship under the Demersais project, awarded to IMAR and financed by the Regional Government of the Azores. The scholarship will start on February 1, 2018 and will last for one year, eventually reneweal.


Field of study: Fisheries Stock Assessment. This research grant aims to review the information on fisheries and scientific surveys available in the DOP databases by summarizing the necessary background information as input for the assessment of the major stocks assessed under the ICES. The main task consists of the detailed analysis of the time series of relative abundance of the commercial fishing and of the research surveys by stock and species clusters including a revision of the state of the art of the methodologies used for standardization. We intend to analyze the reliability of these standard time series for the assessments. The task should define a standard procedure for this type of analysis for target and non-target species

 Admission requirements: Candidates must hold a PhD in marine science or related fields (Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology and Statistics) and have proven experience in the field of fisheries stock assessment (or ecological data analysis) with preference given to candidates with high practical experience of generalized linear modeling approach applied to the analysis of abundance indices. Candidates must possess sufficient scientific independence for this type of R-environment analyses, as evidenced by the record of scientific publications. Facility to write in English is considered a benefit as well as a good record of publications in Fisheries Stock Assessment and a good ability to work in a team.

Work plan:

The candidate will have specific functions:

a) Collection of commercial fishing data;

b) Collection of research survey data;

c) Construction of databases of relative abundance (or proxies) and relevant explanatory variables for demersal/deep-water stocks;

d) Exploration of generalized linear models (GLMs) and extensions (GAM, GLMM, ZIP, etc.) for standardization of abundance indexes;

e) Write working papers and scientific articles on the results obtained.

Legislation and applicable regulation: Law Nº.40/2004, of 18 of August (Statute of the Scientific Research Scholars); Research Grants Regulation of the Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P.; Regulation of Advanced Training and Qualification of Human Resources.

Place of work: The work will be developed in the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries of the University of the Azores, in Horta (Island of Faial), under the scientific guidance of Doctor Mário Rui Pinho and Helder Marques da Silva.

Duration of the scholarship: The scholarship will last for one year, starting in February 2018, possibly renewable.

Compensation: The amount of the scholarship corresponds to € 1495, according to the table of values of grants awarded directly by FCT, I.P. In the Country ( Voluntary Social Security (for presentation of proof of payment) and Personal Accident Insurance are added to this amount. The monthly remuneration and voluntary  insurance will be paid monthly by bank transfer.

Selection criteria: The selection of candidates will be based on the curricular evaluation, taking into account the academic background and professional experience described in the admission requirements. Interviews can be conducted to better assess candidates' ability.

Submission of applications: The call is open from 19 december 2017 to 5 january 2018. Applications must be formalized, obligatorily, by sending a letter of application accompanied by the following documents: Letter of motivation with justification of the competencies for the position, detailed Curriculum Vitae and copy of the certificates of educational qualifications. Failure to send the requested documents will be grounds for exclusion from the application. Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Mário Rui Pinho (, cc to Sandra Silva (

Composition of the Selection Jury: Mário Rui Pinho (President of the Jury), Helder Marques da Silva (Member), and João Gonçalves (Member).

Notification of results: The final results will be presented in a list ranked by the candidates’ final scores. The successful candidate will be notified via email. The jury reserves the right not to award the scholarship based on the quality of the applications.

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