[Coral-List] Post-Doc opening: Coral reproductive ecology and larval biology

John Burt john.burt at nyu.edu
Sat Apr 21 00:19:29 EDT 2012

Post-Doctoral Researcher : Coral reproductive ecology and larval biology

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is a research university with a fully
integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around
the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our
interconnected world.

NYUAD is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Researcher who will study coral
reproduction and larval biology. NYUAD is located on the shores of the
Persian/Arabian Gulf, where corals and other reef fauna experience extreme
annual temperature ranges (~20 °C) and maxima (36 °C). As a primary
component of their research, the post-doctoral fellow will be responsible
to design and implement multi-specific studies of reproductive ecology and
larval biology of corals from the area. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will
be expected to conduct novel laboratory and/or field experiments to advance
scientific knowledge in this field and develop our understanding of the
biology of corals in the Gulf. Published research experience in
reproductive ecology of corals is required. However, opportunities are
available and encouraged to study other aspects of coral reef biology in
extreme environments as part of the Post-Doctoral Researcher's portfolio.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work in the new NYUAD marine biology
laboratory and will be partially supported by a Research Technician and a
Marine Biology Research Assistant. Support by undergraduate students could
be made available if warranted. The ideal candidate would be able to
develop collaborative research agendas with high-impact researchers outside
of the region.

To be successful in this role you must possess the following:
- PhD in Biology, Marine Biology or equivalent from an accredited college
or university
-  A strong publication record with first-author experience
-  Dive certification from an accredited agency (PADI, BSAC or similar
-  Valid Driver's License in home country
-  Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with external
stakeholders, employees, management and students.

Previous experience in the following is desirable but not essential:
-  Experience in coral reproductive histology
-  Experience collecting gametes and rearing coral planulae, preferably in
a leadership role
-  Experience in studying diverse aspects of the biology of coral reef
-  Ability to conduct multiple, possibly divergent, research projects
-  Ability to train junior technical staff to support operation and
maintenance of research
-  Mentoring of undergraduate students in a research setting
-  Ability to plan, allocate, and monitor research budgets for projects

Hiring is contingent on successful clearance of security, health, and
reference checks, among other HR-related parameters. This will be a
two-year fixed term contract position, potentially renewable for an
additional year based on performance and funding availability. The position
is scheduled to open in late August 2012, but the starting date may be
extended depending on the needs of a suitable candidate. Salary will be
contingent on experience and the position will come with an attractive
benefits package including a housing allowance. Salary and benefits are tax
free in the UAE. Closing date for applications is 15 May 2012. Only those
candidates short listed for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and the names and contact
information for three references in PDF format to be considered. The
applicants cover letter should respond to the specific items listed above
(maximum of 2 pages), and copies of recent/relevant first-author
publications written by the applicant should be included.

TO APPLY candidates should submit materials at:

John Burt

New York University - Abu Dhabi
PO Box 129 188
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Ph: + 971-50-221-9269
Email: John.Burt at nyu.edu

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