Economist/Scientific Programmer Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for an Economist/Scientific Programmer to work at a NOAA Fisheries facility on bioeconomic modeling of marine recreational fisheries. The Economist/Scientific Programmer will work closely with scientists at the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office in (SERO). This is an exciting opportunity to conduct groundbreaking research as part of a team of economists and stock assessors.
The project will focus on the development of a bioeconomic model of recreationally caught reef fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, there are two similar bioeconomic models in use; one in STATA and the other in R. The resulting bioeconomic model will be used to examine the effects of several important fishery management measures, such as bag limits, size/length regulations, and other possible policies that produce fish stock feedbacks. The results may also be used to examine optimal policies to recover depleted groundfish species.
The Economist/Scientific Programmer will primarily be responsible for developing or adapting existing biological models and integrating them with an existing economic model. Economic expertise will be provided by an existing NOAA researcher. The Economist/Scientific Programmer will focus on these tasks:
The successful candidate will possess:
- Reviewing existing model code and data; developing an understanding of the current model components.
- Working closely with stock assessors at the SEFSC to understand existing and potential stock assessment models.
- Working closely with economists at the SERO and SEFSC to link existing economic models to biological models of additional species.
- Documenting the integrated model.
The work location is somewhat flexible, with preference for Tampa or Miami FL, but qualified candidates in Seattle WA, Woods Hole MA, or Silver Spring MD may be considered.
- A Master's PhD in fisheries biology, biological modeling, economics, or a related topic.
- At least two (2) years of work experience in data analysis, statistical modeling, or fisheries stock assessment activities.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate with a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, strong time management skills, and attention to detail.
- Direct experience with mathematical modeling, data analysis and statistical modeling, and stock assessment modeling is preferred.
- Experience with R software is required (the current model has been coded in R).
- Familiarity with Stata is desirable but not essential.
The position is expected to last for ten months, with the possibility of extension. The rate of pay will be approximately $30-35 per hour, depending on skills and experience. The position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website.
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