[Coral-List] Pacific Island Fisheries - Postdoc position

Hughes, Terry terry.hughes at jcu.edu.au
Sat Jan 12 02:15:55 EST 2013

Research Fellow: Pacific Island Fisheries

WorldFish and The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies have common interests in improving sustainability and governance systems among Pacific small-scale fisheries. The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies encompasses >240 researchers and graduate students, with ongoing research projects in 30 countries. WorldFish is an international non-profit scientific agency working in Africa, Asia and the Pacific to 'reduce poverty and hunger through improving fisheries and aquaculture'. WorldFish has a global staff of about 330, permanent offices in 7 countries and ongoing projects in 25 countries.

This co-funded postdoctoral position provides the opportunity for an exceptional candidate to pursue research on governance and sustainability of Pacific Island coastal fisheries.  The appointee will join a WorldFish team working with authorities and stakeholders in Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu to develop the structures, processes and capacity to implement and sustain national programs of community-based resource management (CBRM). Critical to this process will be a detailed analysis of outcomes (social, economic, environmental and food security) from existing CBRM initiatives in the Pacific, and synthesis of lessons-learned. The joint appointment with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies will provide the candidate with the freedom to further develop a research program, linked to broad objectives of the position and the ARC Centre, that suits her or his research interests. The position, for 3 years, will be based at the ARC Centre's headquarters at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland.  Australian citizenship is not required. The appointee is likely to spend 3-5months per year in the field. The starting salary, depending on experience, is approximately A$71,000-76,000.

Fellowship Description

1.       Conduct research independently and as part of a team which contributes to the achievement of the aims of the ARC Centre of Excellence, particularly Program 7: Policy Development, Institutions and Governance of Coral Reefs<http://www.coralcoe.org.au/programs-initiatives/program-7-governance-policy/introduction>
2.       As a core member of the WorldFish Pacific team, contribute to planning and research centered around improved governance of coastal fisheries
3.       Provide expert input to components of multi-disciplinary projects that may include fisheries management, climate change adaptation, and integrated coastal zone management.
4.       Publish research in high-quality journals.
5.       Co-supervise graduate students enrolled at James Cook University, if appropriate.


Key Selection Criteria
1.       PhD in appropriate discipline (e.g. biology, social science)
2.       Exceptional publication record for stage of career
3.       Evidence of exceptional research ability, including a demonstrated capacity to work effectively in remote, developing-country settings with minimal supervision
4.       Demonstrated interdisciplinary skills in areas of social and fisheries research
5.       Established links (national and international) with appropriate research organizations and personnel
6.       Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills.

TO APPLY before the February 15th deadline, please visit http://www.coralcoe.org.au/about-us/employment-opportunities/research-fellow-pacific-island-coastal-fisheries

Preliminary enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to D.Mills at cgiar.org<mailto:D.Mills at cgiar.org> or david.yellowlees at jcu.edu.au

Thank you,


Professor Terry Hughes FAA
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811

Link to Terry Hughes Google Scholar profile<http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=MhJ2LfsAAAAJ>

Email: terry.hughes at jcu.edu.au<mailto:terry.hughes at jcu.edu.au>
Website: http://www.coralcoe.org.au/postdocs/terry-hughes

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