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Opportunities for students and post-docs

Post Doctoral opportunities

The Fisheries Systems Ecology lab is currently recruiting two postdoctoral research positions to work on any number of projects related to freshwater ecology, systems change, and fisheries management. Potential research topics include the effects of changing temperature and water clarity on fish habitat and populations, drivers of recruitment of sport fish populations across multiple spatial and temporal scales, quantifying trends and understanding causes of trends in fish populations, and predicting changes in entire fish communities from landscape and in-lake data. The successful candidate will combine multiple approaches to answer complex questions related to ecosystem change and fisheries management, including statistical analysis, simulation modeling, comparative studies, and experimental approaches. Specific research projects will be developed collaboratively with the candidate, the PI, and state and federal fisheries management collaborators.

Responsibilities will include:

·         Lead and support research on fisheries systems ecology to answer questions about the drivers of fish community change. This includes all aspects of research including defining research questions and objectives, data analysis and visualization, literature review, publishing manuscripts, and presenting/communicating results to a wide range of audiences (70%);

·         Work with management agencies to co-develop research questions, data products, and communication tools to support the incorporation of research results into management actions as appropriate (15%);

·         Assist with and collaborate on other projects, including grant writing, budget management, report writing, analytical support, and supervising students and/or technicians to support the general mission of the lab group (15%).


Successful candidates must possess (by the position start date) a Ph.D. in fisheries ecology or management, limnology, or a closely related field with a quantitative emphasis. A demonstrated publication record, interest in actionable science, and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently are critical. Preferred qualifications include analytical skills in statistical or simulation modeling, an interest in solving complex, real-world problems, experience managing and leading research teams, and experience working with state or federal natural resource agencies. 

Start dates are flexible; ideally both candidates will start by January 2019.

Official application coming soon! will include a cover letter describing research interests and qualifications, a CV, and three references. Contact Dr. Hansen for more information.

Graduate student opportunities

Dr. Hansen will be recruiting 2-3 graduate students to start between January and September 2019. Project specifics and details on applying will be posted here in Fall 2018.

Interested in applying? First, read this and this.

Next, poke around on this website. Learn about the past research done in this lab, and decide if your intertests line up.

Still interested? Contact Dr. Hansen with a brief statement of your interests, experience, expected availability, and your CV. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Undergraduate opportunities

Coming soon!