Marine Resource Economist

Portland, Maine
GMRI will offer a competitive salary with benefits based on experience.
October 16 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is seeking candidates to fill a Research Scientist position in marine resource economics. Candidates must have earned a doctoral degree and have an established research record in an appropriate scientific discipline such as resource or environmental economics as applied to problems in fisheries, aquaculture, or to coastal communities. We are especially interested in candidates who apply analytic techniques, including statistical analysis and computational or theoretical modeling, and who have expertise and experience in studying coupled natural and human systems as part of collaborative, interdisciplinary teams. In addition to a strong record of published research and funding, candidates should have an interest in the application of scientific knowledge into the management of marine resources and must be able to communicate clearly to diverse audiences, including fishery stakeholders and the general public.

GMRI has established a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in fisheries ecology, biological oceanography, fish behavior and fishing gear design, ecosystem modeling, population dynamics, and resource economics. The team has scientific interests relevant to current Gulf of Maine issues, and with personal interests in collaborating with marine stakeholders. In addition, the investigators have broad research interests beyond the Gulf of Maine to help GMRI evolve as an outward-looking institution that applies innovative approaches to marine research challenges. Such diversity in a team of scientific investigators will enable GMRI to develop interdisciplinary scientific programs that contribute to our understanding of the complex oceanographic, biological, ecological, and economic factors that are involved in the governance, use, and stewardship of marine resources in the Gulf of Maine and its watershed.

The GMRI business model provides 75% (9 months) of a research scientist’s compensation from GMRI funds per year. The balance of the scientist’s compensation (3 months) will come primarily from competitive grants initiated by each scientist, with the possibility of modest consulting income within specified limits.

Required Qualifications:

GMRI’s economist must have earned a doctoral degree and have an established research record in an appropriate scientific discipline. They will have an interest in applied research and policy analysis relating to management of marine resources and marine ecosystem services. We are seeking a scientist who is flexible and creative and who will contribute to GMRI’s highly collaborative research program. Our team has developed a strong reputation in coupled natural and human systems research, and we envision this position being a focal point for collaboration. While we are open to a wide range of research foci, we are particularly interested in questions related to

  • climate impacts and climate adaptation
  • the process of decision-making and collaboration around complex environmental issues
  • human uses of the marine environment, including valuation of ecosystem services

We are also especially interested in candidates who have incorporated theoretical or simulation modeling or “big-data” techniques into their research.

To apply for this position and to review the complete job description visit our website There is an application link within the text of the job posting. Submit one PDF file that includes your letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, as well as three references. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline of December 1, 2018, but the position may remain open until filled. Questions should be referred to However, we will not accept resumes sent to this address. Incomplete applications will not be considered.