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Job Offer: Scientist with expertise in bio-economic modeling, Thuenen Institute

The Thuenen Institute of Sea Fisheries of the Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, is offering a temporary position from 1st January 2021 until 31 March 2024, for a

Scientist in bio-economic modeling (f/m/d)

The position is to be filled within the EU Project FutureMARES and is to analyse the economic impact of nature-based solutions in fisheries taking into account the effects of climate change (e.g. potential adaptation and mitigation strategies).

FutureMARES is a trans-disciplinary project examining the relations between climate change, marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. The aim of the project is to provide science-based policy advice on how best to use nature-based solutions to protect future biodiversity and ecosystem services in a future climate.

The successful candidate should further develop models (e.g. “FishRent” and “FLBEIA”) and establish innovative methods to provide robust performance estimates of nature-based solutions to meet policy targets and to determine the economic and social costs as well as trade-offs of nature-based solutions in the North Sea.

Applying the spatially explicit, bio-economic model ‘FishRent’ and ‘FLBEIA’, the applicant should assess the economic impacts of climate change to the most important fisheries in the North Sea, as well as simulate potential adaptation scenarios. This modelling approach will integrate the fleet dynamics (e.g. effort shifts), the impact of fishing and climate change on stock development and their spatio-temporal interplay. This work will form the scientific basis to support stakeholders in selecting the best nature-based solution for management.


  • Parameterisation and exploration of new data sources, further development and application of the FishRent and FLBEIA model in the North Sea

  • Preparation and validation of spatially explicit fisheries data taking into account innovate methods and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse fishers behavior and to project fishing effort allocations under climate change scenarios

  • Development and impact assessment of alternative fisheries management strategies to adapt and mitigate the impact of climate change

  • Contribution to task coordination and conducting administrative tasks within the EU project

  • Participation in national and international working groups

  • Presentation of scientific results in the peer-reviewed publications, but also to the public (for example on the Internet and other media, or through lectures or other publications)

What we are looking for:

  • University degree (preferably PhD) in biology in the field of fishery biology / economy with a focus on bio-economic modeling

  • Excellent programming skills in R, GAMS, Matlab, ADMB or similar programming environments; ArcGIS knowledge is beneficial

  • Knowledge of AI applications, especially for pattern recognition in large data sets, information mining and similar methods is an advantage

  • Experience in applying methods and models that are commonly used in impact assessments of fisheries management strategies

  • Knowledge about the ecosystem in the North Sea, the most important fisheries as well as a profound understanding of bio-economic interactions in the fishery system

  • Experience in preparing and validating big fisheries data sets

Personal skills:

  • Ability to analyse complex research questions in a trans-disciplinary manner

  • Goal-oriented work style, independent work mode within a team, high degree of personal initiative

  • Critical judgment

  • Experience in working in international teams/projects

  • Strong cooperation and communication skills

  • Excellent English language skills

We offer you the integration into a dynamic, interdisciplinary fisheries research institute and proximity to current policy-relevant discussions, which are also of great interest to the public. You will be given a high degree of personal freedom and you can take advantage of a wide range of further training opportunities. We offer a family-friendly working environment.

The employment relation is based on the provisions of the collective labour agreement for the public sector (TVöD). A salary group up to 13 TVöD is possible when the personal and collective labour agreement requirements are fulfilled. Part-time employment is generally possible.

The Thünen Institute promotes the professional equality of women and men and therefore explicitly welcomes applications from women.

The Thünen Institute is committed to inclusion. Applications from people with severe disabilities are therefore explicitly welcome. These will be given special consideration in the selection process.

For subject-related questions, please contact Dr. Sarah Simons (sarah.simons[@] thuenen.de) or Dr. Ralf Döring (ralf.doering[@]thuenen.de).

Written applications with a tabular curriculum vitae, a description of education and professional career as well as copies of certificates, if possible within one single PDF file, are requested by 31 October 2020 under the code "2020-198-SF/FutureMARES" to


Thünen-Institut für Seefischerei


Herwigstr.31, 2572 Bremerhaven


© 2020 by FutureMARES

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869300

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