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Postdoctoral Research Associate (id:77558)

University of Maine

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (id:77558)


School of Marine Sciences - OSMS



Orono ME

Seafood directly supplies 20% of animal protein to 3.3 billion people and indirectly employs 200 million people worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted food systems around the globe, including those in the seafood sector, affecting the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people. In the United States, many seafood harvesters pivoted to and expanded local and regional distribution efforts in order to cope with the crisis, diversify their operations, and build resilience in the face of future disruptions. Aligning with strategic local, regional, and national priorities, the Stoll Lab at UMaine is leading an effort to build a national consortium of fishing communities, researchers, and technical assistance that will collaborate to strengthen local and regional seafood systems in support of healthy fisheries and the communities that depend on them. This work will: (1) catalyze transdisciplinary research related to small-scale fisheries and local and regional seafood systems; (2) create dynamic training opportunities for a diverse cohort of graduate and undergraduate students; (3) facilitate network building and collaboration across consortium members; and (4) provide training, technical assistance, and resources to strengthen seafood operations engaged in local and regional seafood systems, with a focus on operations based in or serving rural, low income, and/or low food access areas. A postdoctoral research fellow will be hired to support this initiative.  Funding is specifically requested to hire someone with expertise in storytelling and communications. The postdoc will support the project team in writing, producing, and distributing communications materials including press releases, social media posts, graphics, podcasting, video, and/or other media products to enhance awareness and media coverage of the activities associated with the project. The postdoc is also expected to engage in independent and/or collaborative research related to the intersectionality of local and regional seafood systems and issues of access, equity, and justice. Initial appointment for one year, with renewal contingent upon funding and performance, up to a maximum duration of five years. Typical hiring salary for this position is $58,000. 


Complete Job Description

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine  is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu . 


The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits  for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.


UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .


Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found here .


  • Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. degree requirements prior to the start of the appointment.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Prior experience designing and conducting independent research.
  • Demonstrated history of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated history of being highly collaborative.
  • Willingness to travel.


  • Experience working with fishing communities.
  • Prior experience working on food system issues.

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:


1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references


You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: August 15, 2022
Interviews to begin no earlier than: August 16, 2022
Tentative start date: January 1, 2023


For questions about the search, please contact Joshua Stoll at joshua.stoll@maine.edu .


Appropriate background checks are required.


The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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