OPEN POSITION: CI-ASU Nereus Postdoc Fellow in Sustainable Fisheries, Arizona State University (based in Hawaii)

CI-ASU Nereus Postdoc Fellow in Sustainable Fisheries
Conservation International (CI), ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) and Nereus Program
Location: Honolulu, CI Hawaii offices
Closes: Apr 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
(GMT-4 hours)


Honolulu, CI Hawaii offices

Full/Part Time



Regular Fiscal Appointment

Position Type

These are grant funded positions. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding. The position expected to run for two consecutive years. Second-year renewal of the fellowship is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program.

Hiring Range

$50,000 – $60,000 annually, DOE

Job Description

Conservation International (CI), The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO) at Arizona State University, and the Nereus Program are pleased to invite applications for a post-doctoral fellow position in sustainable fisheries. The CI-ASU Nereus Fellow in Sustainable Fisheries will be key position in a joint collaboration among ASU’s School of Sustainability and Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO), Conservation International’s Center for Oceans and CI’s field division teams, and the Nereus Program’s network of investigators and researchers. The Fellow will support three focal areas for the ASU-CI Knowledge Partnership: Protecting essential natural capital for human well-being; Transitioning to sustainable production; and, Training the next generation of conservation leaders.

This post-doctoral fellow will develop high-impact science to support sustainable management and conservation interventions in global fisheries and aquaculture. The Fellow will focus initially on developing a rigorous social-ecological assessment protocol for small-scale, coastal, community-based fisheries (hereafter, “small-scale fisheries”), synthesizing best available science to support management, market innovations, and improvement projects. This will include developing social and environmental indicators of fisheries status, and integrate these indicators into an assessment protocol to evaluate the performance of fisheries with respect to key human wellbeing and environmental sustainability parameters.

Environmental sustainability parameters will focus on adapting data-limited approaches to understanding fishery resource status, and applying existing approaches developed by CI and other organizations to assess the environmental sustainability and social performance of fisheries. Human wellbeing parameters will focus on evaluating the social, economic, and cultural well-being of human communities dependent on marine and coastal resources and ecosystems, with a particular focus on four key human dimensions, which are focal areas for CI’s work in FIPs: human rights (including rights to resources); equity and equality; and food and livelihood security. The Fellow will support the implementation of improvements in small-scale fisheries globally, including in CI geographies, and help drive knowledge-to-action partnerships that produce social and ecological outcomes in these systems.

The Fellow will be expected to coalesce knowledge and develop high-impact outputs, drawing from: (1) Best available science, drawing on relevant theory and empirical research related to fisheries science and social science on human wellbeing dimensions of natural resources; (2) Existing and emerging practice and approaches used by non-governmental organizations, fisheries industry, and other relevant organizations working on fisheries globally.

The Fellow’s work will have the potential to impact global scale policy interventions and instruments through CI, Nereus and ASU’s relationships with partners, as well as on-the-ground field implementation of fisheries sustainability programs in CI field geographies as well as via partner organizations.  The Fellow will work under the supervision of Professor Jack Kittinger (ASU CBO Professor of Practice & Senior Director, CI Center for Oceans) and will work collaboratively with ASU faculty and staff, Nereus Program partners, and CI program staff and other partners in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Essential Duties
Conduct highly interdisciplinary research; compile, analyze, and synthesize data into high-profile scientific publications; liaise with additional academic/other partners as necessary, to achieve objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in a relevant field within the past five years and by the start date of the appointment. Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must indicate the date the degree is expected.
  • Applicants must have training or experience in one or more of the following disciplines: sustainability science, ecosystem services, fisheries science, marine science, or applicable social science discipline (geography, economics, planning, other).
  • Ability to work in data-limited environments and develop approaches for data creation in low-capacity locations.
  • Evidence of ability to conduct independent research, to collaborate across disciplines, and to publish research results.
  • Strong ability to effectively communicate science to scientific and non-technical audiences, as well as local stakeholders.

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrates experience in one or more of the following skills: survey research methods; statistical analysis; compilation and analysis of existing data from existing sources; institutional analysis. Experience in data-limited fisheries, particularly in developing economies is a plus. Spanish language skills strongly desired.