[Coral-List] Postdoc position at Old Dominion University

Donald Behringer behringer at ufl.edu
Wed Apr 7 11:56:50 EDT 2010

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Marine Ecology/Crustacean Disease Biology


Overview:  The Old Dominion University Research Foundation is seeking applicants for a two-year postdoctoral research associate position to work under the direction of Professor Mark Butler on a NSF-funded project investigating the importance of large-scale connectivity by marine pathogens on local disease dynamics using the Caribbean spiny lobster-PaV1 virus association as a case study. Participation on projects involving sponge community restoration and shallow hard-bottom community dynamics is possible.  The successful candidate must be able to (a) lead and supervise small marine research teams of graduate students, technicians, and interns in the field on projects involving scuba diving and vessel operations, (b) supervise laboratory experiments and maintenance, and (c) contribute to the scientific productivity of the project by insuring the integrity of the data collected and by contributing to the analysis, interpretation, and write-up of results for publication.  Opportunities exist for motivated individuals to pursue independent research consistent with the project's overall goals and to interact with a diverse research team, as this is a multi-institutional collaborative project between Old Dominion University, the University of Florida, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the University of Miami.

Location:  The postdoctoral research associate will be primarily stationed at the project's main field research site in the Florida Keys, although travel to other Caribbean field sites and to the project's home base at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia will be necessary.

Salary:            The annual salary is $35,000 plus benefits.

Start Date:  May 2010.

Position Requirements:

- Ph.D. in biology, ecology or related field and experience in marine ecological research

- Experience in disease ecology, crustacean biology, coral reef ecology, or larval biology

- Scuba diving certification and experience using scuba in research

- Experience operating, towing, and maintaining small vessels

- Experience maintaining equipment and marine animals in seawater laboratories

- A valid driver’s license

Candidate Qualifications:

- Ability to work independently at field research site and willingness to travel

- Ability to lead and supervise small marine research teams of graduate students, technicians, and interns in the field

- Basic knowledge of statistics, data entry, and data processing techniques

- Good physical condition and ability to work outdoors in a variety of conditions

- Good problem-solving skills and ability to construct/repair field research apparatuses

To Apply:

Applicants should submit: (a) a cover letter reviewing your research experience, scientific interests, and career goals, (b) a current CV, and (c) the names, telephone numbers, and addresses (postal and email) of three references to:  Old Dominion University Research Foundation, P.O. Box 6369, Norfolk, VA 23508 or email odurfjobs at odu.edu. Specify Job #10008.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. AA/EOE

Donald C. Behringer PhD

University of Florida

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