Two postdoctoral researchers in quantitative climate ecology and fisheries ecology
The Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University (http://pinsky.marine.rutgers.edu) is hiring two postdoctoral scholars to study the responses of marine species and fisheries to climate change using long-term ecological, social, and environmental datasets. The research aims to quantify species distribution change across North American continental shelves, determine the impacts of climate change and variability on these patterns, and understand how these changes interact with fisheries and fisheries management.
1. The first position is designed to help understand the dynamics of marine social-ecological fisheries systems as they adapt to climate change and variability. The position will focus in particular on analyzing the cumulative impacts of climate and fishing on marine populations over the past half century as part of an interdisciplinary team of natural and social scientists.
2. The second position will aim to understand the impacts of climate change and variability on fish and other marine species in the southeast U.S. while also communicating and collaborating with regional fisheries stakeholders and managers to develop effective long-term conservation and management strategies.
The ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. in ecology or related field, a strong background in statistics using R, excellent written and oral communication abilities, a promising record of publication, and evidence of creativity and enthusiasm. Experience with Bayesian analysis and MCMC processes is a strength for the first position. Experience in the southeast U.S. and experience with the fisheries management process is a strength for candidates interested in the second position.
The positions are open until filled. Interested candidates should send an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with a CV and two representative publications to Malin Pinsky (email@example.com). For the second position, priority is given to candidates that can start in Fall 2014.
Situated in New Jersey, a crossroads of American enterprise, commerce, and culture, Rutgers has a vibrancy that derives from its location and a history entwined with that of the nation. Chartered in 1766, the university is the only one in the United States that is, at once, a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a state university. Located within an easy drive of New York City, there are nonetheless an exceptionally wide array of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems nearby. Within a single day, one can visit and study habitats of the continental shelf, estuaries, barrier islands, coastal plains, the piedmont, Precambrian highlands, and ridge and valley geological provinces.
Ecology at Rutgers has a long and distinguished history, and the graduate program consists of approximately 70 faculty and 95 graduate students. The program offers graduate education and training in microbial, plant, animal, and human ecology under the direction of an outstanding faculty, including at two marine stations. Members of the faculty actively pursue research in conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbial ecology, population and community ecology, population genetics, and restoration ecology.
The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences serves as the hub for research programs in marine and coastal sciences and provides a focus for the education of marine scientists. The Institute is housed in a state-of the-art research building that includes seawater, morphometrics, molecular biology, remote sensing, ocean modeling and cartography laboratories. The Marine Field Station in Tuckerton operates year-round and is uniquely situated across from the Little Egg Inlet in the Mullica River-Great Bay estuary, one of the most pristine estuaries on the east coast.