Post Doctoral Fellow - Gulf Watch Alaska (GWA)

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Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
Work type:Post Doc
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Oceanography Department is seeking a Post Doctoral Scholar to work on the Gulf Watch Alaska Program. The postdoctoral scholar will contribute to existing data synthesis efforts and lead new analyses developed in collaboration with their UAF faculty advisor and GWA investigators. For more information and if you are interested in applying please click the link above.


100%The postdoctoral scholar will work with their UAF faculty advisor, GWA Science Coordinator, and GWA Program Lead to: • Contribute as lead author and as co-author to GWA program synthesis products. • Provide editorial review of manuscripts, reports, work plans, and outreach materials. • Attend the annual GWA investigator meeting. • Attend and present results at the annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium. • Participate in field data collection on occasion, if needed. Deliverables due at the end of each 1-year performance period: • Lead the development of one manuscript and contribute as co-author to at least one other manuscript per year. • Contribute to an annual report and work plan to fulfill reporting obligations of GWA to their funders. • Present results of their research at the annual GWA investigator meeting and at least one other scientific conference.Essential

Gulf Watch Alaska (GWA) is a long-term ecosystem monitoring program in the northern Gulf of Alaska with over 30 investigators from government agencies, universities and independent research organizations ( The program is led by NOAA scientists at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Auke Bay Laboratories in Juneau, Alaska. GWA is currently in year 8 of an anticipated 20-year program. However, many projects within GWA have existed for multiple decades and represent long-term physical and biological time series for the Gulf of Alaska. GWA has three main components: Environmental Drivers (physical and biological oceanography), Nearshore Ecosystems (intertidal and coastal food web), and Pelagic Ecosystems (forage fish and predators of the pelagic food web). Furthermore, GWA works closely with other research partners in the Gulf of Alaska, including the Herring Research and Monitoring program (, the NSF Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research site (, and NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (, among others.

In addition to annual field sampling efforts, GWA is currently conducting cross-component science syntheses focusing on the effects of the recent northeast Pacific marine heatwave. A postdoctoral scholar for this project will work in collaboration with their UAF faculty advisor, the GWA Science Coordinator and ecosystem component leads, and GWA investigators to design and conduct studies related to the phenology, magnitude, spatial variability, and recovery time of biological responses to and physical drivers of the marine heatwave. Other biophysical mechanisms of population regulation in the Gulf of Alaska also may be addressed.  

The postdoctoral scholar will contribute to existing data synthesis efforts and lead new analyses developed in collaboration with their UAF faculty advisor and GWA investigators. Furthermore, the postdoctoral scholar will work with the GWA Science Coordinator to update existing and develop new ecosystem indicators to be used in NOAA’s Gulf of Alaska Ecosystem Status reports and Ecosystem and Socioeconomic Profiles. These important documents are used by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to inform ecosystem-based fisheries management. The post-doctoral scholar will also provide technical review and editing of manuscripts, reports, and work plans for the GWA Program Management Team and present results of their research at GWA meetings, scientific conferences, and to the public.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures. Knowledge of standard reporting procedures. Skilled in accurate data collection methods. Ability to use computerized tools to organize and analyze information and communicate findings. Strong computing and / or statistical/analytical skills are expected.

Required Education or Training:

PhD degree (already received, or having completed all requirements and waiting graduation) in a relevant discipline. A demonstrated publication record required. Areas of the emphasis in GWA include near-shore ecosystems, environmental drivers (including planktonic systems) and pelagic upper trophic levels (see Candidates with a background in Oceanography or Marine Biology preferred. Candidates should be broadly trained and capable of working with and synthesizing many (often disparate) long-term datasets across multiple disciplines and trophic levels. Experience in Alaskan ecosystems preferred, but not required.

Application Process:

This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, Monday, November 30, 2020.  Applications received after this date and incomplete applications may not be considered.

A complete application will include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references (address, email and phone number)
  • Optional/Supplemental Documents: Research Document, Philosophy Statement, Letter of Intent.
Term Position:
This position is a term-funded, full-time position with initial grant funding support for one (1) year with a potential for a 2nd year of funding support. Funding to support the position is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive UA employee benefits package.
Location of Assignment:
Fairbanks or Juneau, Alaska based on candidate needs and current COVID-19 work restrictions at time of hire. Telecommuting / remote work agreement may be considered. 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period,  employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at (907) 450-8200.

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