Marie Sklodowska Curie 2016

Individual Fellowship Expressions of Interest 2016

We are seeking for candidates that are elegible to apply for an EU IF Marie Sklodowska Curie, well an European or a Global Fellowship.

The candidate will develop her/his research within the Fisheries Ecology group under the direct supervision of Fran Saborido-Rey (


The European hake, Merluccius merluccius, is one of the most important economical fisheries in the North-East Atlantic, playing an important role in the marine ecosystem, as a predator on small pelagic species, but also of food for sharks and other larger predators. After the implementation by the EU of various recovery plans for both stocks the spawning biomass has recently recuperated, after more than two decades under the security limits. However, recruitment remains highly variable, and still decreasing. The overall objective of the project is to analyze the causes that determine hake recruitment with special attention to the demographic and environmental causes; and in particular analysing the interaction between fishing pressure and climate change that are affecting the recruitment pulses and reversing historical trends. The project will focus on several innovative aspects: i) definining the demographic structure of the two seasonal spawning components; ii) to study larval and juvenile daily growth to assess survivorship and relationship with spawning peaks; iii) to determine larval distribution and the effect of environmental conditions on recruitment dynamics; and iv) determining the parental effects and the changes induced by fisheries. The results of the project should provide a better insight on trends in resilience and will improve recruitment processes assessment and management of this population, which in turn will allow the sustainable exploitation and more effective recovery plans.


  • PhD in biology, ecology, marine science, fisheries science, or related discipline obtained after January 1st 2010.
  • Post-doctoral experience that did not involve 2 or more years of training outside Europe.
  • Excellent analytical and statistical skills.
  • English fluency.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Candidates must sent to a full CV and a letter with motivation and expectations not later than August 5th, 2016

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