The selected applicant will be expected to work in both an applied and theoretical statistics capacity, developing new and/or extending existing statistical methods as required to solve applied problems in fisheries and conducting data analyses, as part of the IATTC Stock Assessment Program. However, the selected applicant will also be expected to assist IATTC scientific staff members from other programs.
Work in the Stock Assessment Program covers range of topics, which often involve statistical methods development, including population trend estimation, population assessments, spatio-temporal studies of fishing vessel behavior, development of sophisticated data screening algorithms for fisheries data review, and sampling designs for data collection by human observers and electronic monitoring. Several upcoming projects in this Program include: Spatio-temporal modelling of tuna tagging data; Close-kin mark-recapture; Developing a sampling program in Latin America.
Duties of the selected applicant may include, among others: • Analyzing various types of univariate and multivariate fisheries data (e.g., catch and effort, morphometric, environmental, mark-recapture, genetics, electronic monitoring). • Developing sampling designs for diverse data collection programs, including catch and effort, electronic monitoring and mark-recapture. • Providing statistical support to various IATTC scientific programs. • Working with large, relational data bases. • Contributing statistical analyses to reports and publications led by fisheries scientists on non-statistical matters. • Writing IATTC technical reports and publications for peer-reviewed journals on statistical matters. • Presenting results of statistical analyses and methods development at IATTC meetings.
More information can be found at https://www.iattc.org/StaffVacancies/_English/IATTC-Senior%20Statistician.pdf
A PhD in statistics with both theoretical and applied components, or a PhD from a quantitative interdisciplinary graduate program with solid theoretical statistics course work, is strongly preferred, but extensive relevant work experience will be considered for applicants with a master’s degree in statistics or from a quantitative interdisciplinary graduate program.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications, skills, and experience the candidate chosen for the post will be appointed as “Statistician” or “Senior Statistician”. The base salary for an applicant with a PhD and limited experience will be equivalent to an adjusted US Federal pay grade GS 13:1. (US$ 107,800 per year). Higher salaries will be considered based upon experience.
Allowances include annual leave with pay, sick leave with pay, medical, dental and life insurance and a defined contribution pension plan.
About Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
The IATTC is one of five regional fisheries management organizations in the world. The IATTC is responsible for ensuring the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the stocks of tunas and tuna-like species, and other species of fish, taken by vessels fishing in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The IATTC employs a dedicated scientific staff that operates under the supervision of the Director of the Commission and of its Coordinator of Scientific Research. The functions of the scientific staff include, among others, conducting scientific research, providing information and scientific advice for management, and development and maintenance of data collection programs. More information about the IATTC can be found at www.iattc.org.