OFI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Labour, Fisheries and Coastal Communities


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship to examine labour, fisheries and coastal communities, with a focus on recruitment, training and retention in fisheries. This postdoctoral fellowship is funded through the Ocean Frontier Institute and based at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The successful candidate will have a strong background in social science, ideally with fisheries-related research experience. They will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Sociology (Memorial) and the Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus (Memorial), and the University of Tromsø, Norway. This is a two year position, at $49, 000/year (plus benefits), and includes access to additional funding for field research and conference-related travel.

Over the last 25 years, fisheries in Atlantic Canada, Norway, and elsewhere have experienced substantial changes in crew composition, spatial and mobility patterns, and technologies and gear. These changes are linked to the collapse of groundfish stocks and related moratoria, changing ecosystems, and governance-related changes in access to licenses and quotas, mediated by a professionalization process with related formal requirements for training/ experience. These trends raise important questions about intergenerational equity and resilience in fisheries and coastal communities. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work in collaboration with co-investigators to carry out an international comparative study of governance and recruitment, training and retention of young people and others interested in changing careers into fisheries. They will work with the team to transfer and adapt a survey instrument used in Norway and carried out by co-investigator Johnsen (UiT, Norway) to the NL context and embed survey findings in a larger research study including key informant interviews and government and industry consultations to help us understand underlying processes and dynamics and identify potential policies that could improve recruitment and retention in the longer term.

The successful applicant will have completed all requirements for a doctorate or equivalent degree in any of a wide range of social science disciplines (e.g. fisheries or marine studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, youth studies). Experience conducting surveys and interview-based qualitative research is required. While a background in fisheries research is an asset, applications from candidates with a strong background in social sciences approaches to labour and organisations, intergenerational equity, and training will be considered.

The preferred start date for this position is no later than June 2019. Ph.D. must be completed prior to taking up the postdoctoral position. We will begin reviewing applications January 31, 2019 and continue to review applications until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their fit to this position, a current CV, statement of relevant research interests and activities (2 page maximum), and contact information for three referees to Dr. Nicole Power, Department of Sociology, Memorial University (npower@mun.ca). We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is strongly committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

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