Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program Postdoctoral Fellow position available in the Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University to work on climate change ecology and evolution in marine ecosystems. Broadly, research in the Pinsky Lab uses empirical data, mathematical models, and population genomics to study global change in the coastal ocean.
Key themes across all new positions include understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine how climate variability and climate change filter through ocean communities to affect human behavior and the success or failure of conservation efforts. Postdocs will join an international network of collaborators across conservation, marine science, climate science, economics, sociology, and policy, including Josh Abbott (Arizona State U.), Daniel Schindler and Andre Punt (U. Washington), Dan Holland and Melissa Poe (NOAA), William Cheung and Daniel Pauly (UBC), Jorge Sarmiento (Princeton), Carl Folke (Stockholm U.), and Pat Halpin (Duke).
As part of the Nereus Program (http://www.nereusprogram.org), the Fellow will design and lead empirical research to understand the consequences of climate change and shifting species distributions for human behavior and adaptation in marine ecosystems. Resources for the research include large datasets of fishing vessel behavior over decadal time-scales, as well as other datasets on environmental changes and ecological states.
The ideal candidate will be skilled with data analysis, statistics, and ecological modeling. Applicants with evidence of creativity, productivity, strong oral and written communication abilities, and enthusiasm are especially encouraged to apply, particularly those that bring a new perspective, new ideas, or a new skillset to the team. The successful applicant will be an independent, motivated problem solver who communicates well and enjoys working in a collaborative setting.
The position will be based at Rutgers with extensive opportunities for research visits across campuses, including U. Washington, UBC, and NOAA offices. Additional opportunities are available to interact with scientists at the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab; the Princeton Environmental Institute; the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; and beyond.
The postdoc start dates are flexible and the positions are open until filled. Review of postdoc applications will begin on October 1, 2016 and will continue on a rolling basis.
Interested postdoc candidates should submit: 1) a one-page cover letter that describes which position they are applying for and their preferred start date, 2) a two-page research statement describing their relevant background and anticipated research approach to the problem they would be addressing, 3) a CV, and 4) the names and contact information of three other scientists familiar with their work.
Please submit all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Postdoc application 2016” as the subject.
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
New Brunswick, NJ 08901