Postdoctoral Researcher in Coral Disease Ecology (US Virgin islands) ~

27 de abril de 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher in Coral Disease Ecology (US Virgin islands)

Basic Function and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will work with data from multiple sources to investigate the spatial and temporal dynamics of coral disease.  The goal of this post-doctoral project is to develop predictive models of coral health and disease states across heterogeneous reef habitats. Data sources include long-term monitoring data, data from high frequency surveys, as well as water quality and oceanographic data. This is a two-year position with opportunities for the development of independent field and laboratory experiments and teaching within the Masters of Marine and Environmental Science program. The position will be located within the University of the Virgin Islands' Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) at the MacLean Marine Science Center on the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and will be supervised by Dr. Marilyn Brandt.

Prior experience in statistical modeling, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills are required. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in marine science, biology, or related field. The candidate must also have a high degree of motivation and the ability to serve a diverse educational and public constituency. Knowledge of coral disease and experience with underwater field work on coral reefs is preferred. The position will require supervision of graduate and undergraduate students and participation in informal education and outreach to the US Virgin Islands community. Demonstrated experience in these areas is preferred.

CMES has facilities and research capabilities on all three of the US Virgin islands, including a fleet of four research vessels, capacity for air and enriched air SCUBA tank fills, capacity for closed circuit rebreather diving, and wet and dry laboratory space, including a newly installed indoor/outdoor sea table system. CMES also encompasses the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service on St. Thomas and St. Croix, the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station on St. John, and the Institute for Geocomputational Analysis and Statistics and the Environmental Analysis Laboratory on St. Thomas.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, statement of research experience and goals, and the names and contact information for three references who are familiar with your work to Marilyn Brandt by email at  Review of applications will begin June 1.

Best regards,

Marilyn Brandt, Ph.D.
Director, Masters of Marine and Environmental Science (MMES) Program
Research Assistant Professor, Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands
2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, USVI 00802
Ph. 340-693-1376

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