Research Fellow, School of BEES, MaREI Centre/ERI

Contact Person : Professor Sarah Culloty Contact Email : s.culloty@ucc.ie
Job ID : 053331 Contact Number :  
Close Date : 21-Jan-2022 12:00

CULLEN PHD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY, ''The status of sensitive fish species within Irish waters and their vulnerability in relation to fishing and discarding practices”, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science, the Department of Geography and the Environmental Research Institute & Marine Institute at Oranmore, Galway

Closing Date for Applications: 21 Jan 2022
School: School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science, the Department of Geography and the Environmental Research Institute & Marine Institute at Oranmore, Galway
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: see advert for details

CULLEN PHD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

“The status of sensitive fish species within Irish waters and their vulnerability in relation to fishing and discarding practices”

Cullen Award Reference Number CS-21-009

Background 

To achieve sustainable fishing, maintain marine biodiversity and ecosystem health, and align with policy requirements, including Ireland's Integrated Marine Plan, we must monitor and manage the health and stock-status of non-target species as well as commercially important demersal species. With approximately 200 fish species found in Irish waters, less than 20 are analytically assessed. This proposed research comprises three broad interlinked objectives to provide an improved understanding of the status, sensitivity, distribution, and vulnerability of fish within Irish waters. 1) To explore, and where possible, quantify the intrinsic sensitivity of target and non-target demersal fish species in Irish waters to fishing pressure (e.g., by applying the Rindorf et al. 2020 approach at a local scale) and climate change. 2) To identify the geographic and environmental distribution and hotspots of “sensitive” fish species identified in objective 1, using a species distribution modelling (SDM) framework, comparing novel applications of cutting-edge SDM methods (e.g., Joint-SDM and/or Poisson point process models) with current state-of-the-art methods (e.g., Calderwood et al. 2020). 3) To carry out an ecological risk/vulnerability assessment of these “sensitive” fish species to the impacts of fishing, incorporating the distribution projections from objective 2.

This PhD represents an exciting opportunity to participate in a large multidisciplinary team as part of a cutting-edge research programme. This research will advance the state-of-the-art and help to highlight areas where sensitive fish species and fisheries consistently overlap and should help to inform management of particularly vulnerable species. The PhD student will be part of the dynamic research teams at the Marine Institute at Oranmore, Galway, and the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science, the Department of Geography and the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork.

Requirements 

Applicants must have a good primary degree in an appropriate discipline. A MSc in Marine Biology or equivalent would be preferable, though not essential. Applicants will also need to satisfy the University’s requirements regarding English language ability.

Essential criteria

  • 1st or 2:1 BSc in appropriate discipline (e.g. Zoology, Ecology, Marine Biology)
  • Experience of ecological and statistical modelling techniques in R
  • Knowledge of fish and fisheries science
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good communication skills in both written and oral format

Desirable criteria:

  • MSc in a related discipline
  • Familiarity with GIS
  • Familiarity/experience with large databases
  • Full EU driving license (or equivalent)

Award

The PhD scholarship is a joint research project between University College Cork (UCC) and the Marine Institute. The student will be primarily located at the Marine Institute (Galway), and they will be registered at University College Cork (Cork). The student will be working under the supervision of Professor Emer Rogan and Drs Tom Reed and Paul Holloway of UCC and Dr Julia Calderwood and Professor David Reid of the MI. Periods of research work may also be required at various locations around the country. The Scholarship will start on April 1 2022, with interviews held early in 2022. The scholarship will cover EU fees of €5,900 and a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum for a period of four years. UK applicants will be granted EU fee status due to the Common Travel Area with Ireland, but international students would likely be required to make up the fee deficit (currently approx. €10,000 p.a.). It is anticipated that the successful candidate will start the project as soon as possible after 1st April 2022, with interviews held early in 2022.

As part of a 4 year structured PhD at UCC, the student will also be required to undertake 20 credits of postgraduate modules aimed at equipping students with a range of transferable skills (e.g. project management, scientific writing, outreach & communication, and data analysis).

Further Information

Paul Holloway; email: paul.holloway@ucc.ie;  Julia Calderwood; email: julia.calderwood@marine.ie

To Apply:

Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae including contact details of two referees and an email of interest simultaneously to: Paul Holloway email: paul.holloway@ucc.ie and juilia.calderwood@marine.ie quoting Cullen Scholarship CS-21-009 in the email subject line.

Submission deadline for this post is 21 January 2022.

Please note that the successful candidate will have to meet all UCC requirements.

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