NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

TITLE: Population genetics of marine fish species to inform assessment and
management efforts

The Fisheries Resource, Assessment, and Monitoring (FRAM) and Conservation
Biology (CB) Divisions at the NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries Science
Center seek a shared National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral research
associate in marine genetics and genomics. The two division have long been
involved in collaborative efforts, including, but not limited to the
genetic identification of cryptic rockfish species, and now embark on
large-scale, Pacific Coast-wide population genetic studies aimed at
understanding genetic connectivity of marine fishes, including lingcod,
rockfishes, and hake. The research will involve building genomic DNA
libraries, bioinformatics processing of sequencing data, and analyses to
evaluate population structure, as well evaluating associations between
environmental and life history parameters and genetic diversity. A
theoretical population genetics background with extensive
computational/bioinformatic experience is essential along with experience
in computing languages and programs that facilitate population genomic and
seascape genomic studies.

The National Research Council Research Associateship Program is
administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and
Medicine. The initial funding period for the award is for one year,
renewable for up to three years pending funding. NRC research associates
receive a competitive stipend, health insurance and travel allowance.
Details on eligibility, terms, and application for the award may be found
at, research opportunity number 26.03.39.B8369. The
online application period begins 1 June, with applications due 1 August
2016, for a start date as early as fall or winter 2016-2017. Applications
include a research proposal, which will be developed by the applicant in
discussing the project with the research advisers. Applications and
supporting documents are to be submitted by the deadline to the NRC WebRAP
system ( For more
information on the specific associateship opportunity, please contact
prospective co-advisers Dr. Krista Nichols ( or Dr.
Michelle McClure (

Krista M. Nichols, PhD
Supervisory Research Molecular Geneticist
NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Conservation Biology Division
Genetics and Evolution Program
2725 Montlake Blvd E
Seattle, WA 98112
206.302.2470 (o)
206.860.3335 (f)

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