Fisheries Research Officer

Fisheries Research Officer

Bangor University - School of Ocean Sciences

Bangor, United Kingdom

Applications are invited for the above fixed-term, full-time post, working with Prof Jan Geert Hiddink at Bangor University and Dr Bryce Stewart at the University of York. The project is designed to assess the wider ecosystem effects of the English Channel scallop fishery and to identify evidence gaps that would need to be filled as part of the Marine Stewardship Council accreditation process.

The appointee will integrate into GIS datasets that relate to oceanographic variables and biological species distributions (benthos, fish and vertebrates) across the geographic region of the English Channel scallop fishery. The appointee will assimilate vessel monitoring system data to produce fishing intensity maps. This information will be used to undertake modelling to calculate the relative benthic status of the seabed in relation to fishing effort patterns in space and time. The appointee will also liaise with the fishing industry and other relevant bodies in relation to the project. Field work duties may include working with industry to deploy cameras on board scallop vessels to gather data on catch size distribution and age of scallops together with information on bycatch.

Candidates should be educated to PhD level (or near completion) and will have experience of working with fisheries and VMS data. Candidates will preferably have experience of undertaking research in the area of fisheries – ecosystem interactions and will be confident working with R and GIS. Candidates must be physically capable of working at sea and hence able to pass the necessary sea-going certifications including an ENG1 medical.

The Project

The project is designed to assess the wider ecosystem effects of the English Channel scallop fishery and to identify evidence gaps that would need to be filled as part of the Marine Stewardship Council accreditation process.

Purpose of the Job

The appointee will lead the day to day tasks to integrate large datasets that relate to biological species distributions (benthos, fish and vertebrates) across the geographic region of the English Channel scallop fishery. To integrate in a Geographic Information System (GIS) the relevant oceanographic datasets and data on the distribution of endangered, threatened and protected species, and vessel monitoring system data. To undertake modelling to calculate the relative benthic status of the seabed in relation to fishing effort patterns in space and time. Integration and analysis of spatial and temporal patterns in vessel monitoring system data. To liaise with the fishing industry and other relevant bodies in relation to the project. Finally, the candidate will liaise with industry to explore the possibilities for deploying cameras on board scallop vessels to gather data on catch size distribution and age of scallops together with information on bycatch.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • The appointee needs to be an experienced researcher as the project has a short timescale and requires a high level of competency in the key areas from the outset of the project. The appointee will have considerable experience of handling and integrating and running geospatial analyses with large and diverse datasets. The appointee will have an excellent understanding of the interaction between fishing other components of the marine ecosystem. This understanding will be supported by a strong track record of publication of relevant papers.
  • The appointee will have post-doctoral experience and a PhD in a relevant subject area. The candidate will ideally have a proven track record of working in the R statistical environment, particularly in relation to vessel monitoring system data. The person will be an efficient user of time, capable of managing complex data and modelling tasks as well as undertaking analysis of field collected video data. The appointee will also have experience of deriving and acquiring scientific evidence to fill current evidence gaps.
  • The appointee will have the appropriate skills to work directly with the fishing industry and to work at sea to deploy video systems and to collect direct observations for the purpose of quality assurance of the video data. For this reason, the appointee must be physically capable of working at sea on board a fishing vessel such that they can pass the necessary medical and sea-faring certificates (survival at sea, fire-fighting, social responsibility and ENG1 medical). As the position will require travel to meetings with fishermen it will be highly desirable for the appointee to have a driving licence valid for the UK.
  • The appointee may be based either in Bangor at the School of Ocean Sciences, or in York at the School of Environment and Geography and research work will be carried out along the English Channel.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.
  • The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
  • The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
  • The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their post.

Person Specification

Qualifications/Training

Essential

  • Educated to PhD level (or near completion).
  • Research background in fisheries – ecosystem interactions.

Desirable

  • Post-PhD experience in relevant discipline area.

Experience/Knowledge

Essential

  • Experience of working with fisheries and VMS data.
  • Proven ability to work in the R statistical environment.
  • Experience handling large datasets.
  • Experience relating fishing effort data to other ecosystem components.
  • Strong track record (commensurate with experience) of publications in the area of fisheries – ecosystem interactions.
  • Track record of working in or with the fishing industry.

Desirable

  • Previous experience of working at sea for periods of more than 3 days continuously.
  • Proven ability to work with Vessel Monitoring System data in the R environment.
  • Experience of working on the impact of fishing on seabed biota.
  • Experience of undertaking questionnaire studies with fishermen.
  • Experience of undertaking systematic reviews to fill evidence gaps.
  • Experience of working with and identification of by-catch at sea.

Skills/Abilities

Essential

  • Demonstrate good verbal and written skills.
  • Demonstrate good analytical skills, ability to analyse numerical data and present results appropriately, including R statistical software and GIS.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines.
  • Physically capable of passing the necessary certificates for a sea-farer according to MCA guidelines.

Desirable

  • Demonstrate proven project management skills.
  • Demonstrate good computer skills.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team.
  • Experience of modelling the relative benthic status of benthic communities in response to fishing.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills.

Other

Essential

  • No specific Welsh requirement. Candidates will be expected to work positively in a bilingual environment.
  • As the post requires travel in the UK to meet fishermen a UK driving licence is required.

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