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Vacancy Title PhD Research Opportunity
Country of employment Ireland
Job description Project Title: Interrogation of long-term datasets to support sustainable fisheries management in a dynamic environment

Funding Agency: Department of Education, Technological Sector Research Program, Strand III
Description: Marine ecosystems face inordinate pressures from the interactive impacts of intensive exploitation and environmental change. Research has revealed long-term trends in the life-history, population dynamics and stock structure of many commercial fish stocks which may be linked to the combined effects of fishing pressure, trophic interactions and climatic factors. Disentangling the physical, biological and anthropogenic drivers of such change presents a challenge to fisheries science. The sustainable management of commercial fisheries within an ecosystem context and the formulation of stock rebuilding plans require a better understanding of how fish populations respond and of their resilience to environmental change.

The Commercial Fisheries Research Group at GMIT in collaboration with the Marine Institute is currently recruiting for a PhD student to examine long-term trends in commercial and survey datasets and investigate the interactive effects of environmental, meteorological and climatic factors on productivity and population dynamics. This will inform the incorporation of environmental information into stock recruitment models and fisheries management advice. Target datasets include a multi-decadal scientific survey for blue whiting. Opportunities also exist for the development of field based investigations to further interrogate observed temporal and spatial trends.

Project Start-Date: December 2009

Project Duration: 36 months

Conditions: 1,333 per month with annual increments.
Postgraduate fees for EU students and any travel costs incurred during the project will also be covered.

Please Note: Candidates from outside the EU are eligible to apply, but may be expected to provide evidence of sources of additional funds to cover excesses associated with Non-EU fees.

Closing Date: Friday 30th October 2009 at 1pm.

Please forward completed GMIT application form by post to: Research Office, GMIT, Dublin road, Galway.
Application forms (which must be forwarded by post) are available at: or phone: +353 (0)91 742754
(Please note that applications forwarded by email will not be accepted)

Further Information on the project may be obtained from: Dr Deirdre Brophy at

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Contract type Contract duration specified
Daily basis Full Time
Gross salary
Start time  -12-01
Duration of contract 36 months
CV submission deadline  -10-30
Last updated on 2009-10-09 by mcdonaghlaura
Contact Details
Contact person McDonagh, Laura
Institute Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Address Dublin Road Galway
Phone +353 91 742754

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