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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellow in “Artisanal fisheries and ecosystem management”

enero 17 - marzo 20

DURATION: Full time. 18 months, w/possibilities for extension until 36 months (i.e. through competitive Postdoc ANID grants).

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position as part of the Coastal Social-Ecological Millennium Institute (SECOS) is available. SECOS Institute is formed by an interdisciplinary team of scientists from several Chilean universities, focused on costal sustainability. Main objectives of SECOS are to understand global, regional and local drivers of change; the social-ecological conditions that hinder sustainability; and to test and implement actions that unravel such conditions. Our work plan to accomplish these objectives, has been organized through the study of small- and medium-scale social-ecological experimental units, or learning platforms, which tackle key issues in artisanal fisheries, shellfish aquaculture, and coastal development as social-ecological systems (SES). We look for a postdoctoral fellow to ascribe to the artisanal fisheries and ecosystem management SES. 

Post-doctoral research could be directed towards one of the following areas: 

  • Territorial Use Rights for Fishing (TURF), biodiversity and ecosystem services. 
  • Vulnerability, adaptive capacity and resilience of artisanal fisheries.
  • Decision-making for the ecosystem-based management of artisanal fisheries.
  • Equity and justice in fisheries and blue economy
  • Innovation in the management of fishery resources and conservation of biodiversity in coastal marine areas
  • Algae restocking in fishery management areas.
  • Art-Science approaches for fisheries and indigenous communities.

The successful applicant can be based in any of the following SECOS associated institutions: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Santo Tomás, Universidad Andrés Bello. Intensive fieldwork will be required.

BACKGROUND: Ph.D., with a strong background in any of the disciplines involved in the scientific themes previously described: e.g., marine biology, ecology, sociology, among others. The postdoc researcher will interact closely with senior scientists from different disciplines and local artisanal fishers. The candidate must have a fluent and advanced knowledge of Spanish and English. Women’s applications will be positively considered in the evaluation process.

 TO APPLY: Applicants should submit, electronically (pdf) or in hardcopy form:

  • Curriculum Vitae in extenso: LAST NAME, name – CV.
  • Copies of degree certificates: LAST NAME, name – certificate.
  • Cover letter: LAST NAME, name – letter. 
  • A statement of previous research achievements: LAST NAME, name – statement.
  • Copies of relevant articles (maximum 3): LAST NAME, name – articles.
  • A research plan (maximum 3 pages): LAST NAME, name – plan.
  • A list of 2 referees (with contact details): LAST NAME, name – referees

Applications should be sent until March 20th, 2024, to 

E-mail subject: SECOS Postdoc Application – CANDIDATE LAST NAME.

DATES: Preferred start date is April 1st, 2024, but is negotiable.

SALARY: The Postdoctoral fellow involves a monthly salary of around CLP$1.880.000.- 


Applications should be submitted to:

Pablo Fuentes

Executive Director

Coastal Social-Ecological Millennium Institute (SECOS)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


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enero 17
marzo 20