Marine Fisheries Population Genomics - Seattle


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 ConservationBiology (CB) Divisions at the NOAA Fisheries, Northwest Fisheries ScienceCenter 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 andtravel 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)