Research contract opportunity on Ecological Modelling of MPA networks in the Mediterranean

We are looking for a candidate to apply to  a six to twelve month research contract under the SafeNet action (Sustainable Fisheries in EU Mediterranean Waters through Network of MPAs, (December 2015-December 2018).

SafeNet aims to identify coherent network(s) of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and other area-based fisheries management rules (e.g. temporary closures) whose emergent properties (namely the interactive effect of scaling-up MPAs) can help achieve fisheries maximum sustainable yield (MSY) and maximize over the long-term ecological and socio-economic benefits for the stakeholders in the north-western Mediterranean Sea (NWM). To meet this objective the partnership will apply the ecosystem-based approach to the management at both large scale and small scale fisheries in NWM. Therefore, project findings will be key to achieve 1) good environmental status (GES; representing the main goal of Marine Strategy Framework Directive, MSFD) and 2) environmental, economic and social sustainability of fisheries (as dictated by Common Fisheries Policy, CFP).

The research contract being offered will be executed under WP4 “ecosystem modelling” to develop food-web models and indicators (i) to assess the current impacts of different fishery management features such as spatial regulations including formal MPAs, fleet-specific management, species-specific quotas in the NW Mediterranean sea; and (ii) to simulate the effects of potential alternative configuration of MPA networks.

Interested candidates must hold a PhD or Master’s degree in marine biology, marine ecology, environmental sciences, or related sciences; must have experience in ecological modelling with preferably experience using Ecopath with Ecosim; must have experience with programing languages such as R or Matlab; must have experience in data management, statistical analysis and GIS; must be proficiency in English; and must be willing to attend international meetings and events. Salary and benefits will be based on candidate experience and will be subject to the Spanish labour law.

The research contract will be supervised by Marta Coll (Institute of Marine Science, ICM-CSIC, Barcelona) and Jeroen Steenbeek (Ecopath International Initiative, Barcelona). The successful candidate will be based at the Institute of Marine Science, ICM-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain (

Interested candidates should submit an expression of interest and detailed curriculum vitae to and

Submission opening 01/07/2016

Starting date: Autumn 2016 or sooner

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