[Coral-List] Post-doc opportunity: Global Reef Expedition - Remote Sensing Specialist

Sam Purkis purkis at nova.edu
Wed Aug 29 10:54:14 EDT 2012

Post-doc opportunity: Global Reef Expedition - Remote Sensing Specialist

I seek to hire an outstanding post-doctoral researcher into my Remote 
Sensing and GIS lab (www.nova.edu/~purkis) at Nova Southeastern 
University's Oceanographic Center.

The project which you will work on is part of a collaboration between 
the Purkis lab and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation 
(LOF). The successful candidate will play a major role in the 
planning and execution of remote sensing operations for the LOF 
Global Reef Expedition. This ongoing initiative is visiting remote 
reef sites throughout the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea - see 
globalreefexpedition.org. You will join several LOF cruises per year 
aboard the M/Y Golden Shadow, a 67-meter logistical support vessel, 
in order to collect ground-truth and geophysical data that you will 
use to develop high-resolution habitat and bathymetry maps, from 
Worldview-2 satellite imagery. You will also have the opportunity to 
address your own science questions related to this work. The project 
is exciting because of its large scale and you will be working with 
several tens of thousands of square kilometres of imagery per year. 
Starting in 2013, the position will see you visiting little-studied 
reef sites in the Pacific, before a shift in focus to the GBR and 
Coral Sea in 2014, with subsequent legs of the GRE moving through the 
Indian Ocean and finishing in 2016 in the Red Sea. We are looking to 
develop an exciting collegial atmosphere with a lot of scientific freedom.

The initial term will be for one year with the potential for renewal 
through 2017. The position will be at Nova Southeastern University's 
"Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research" (CoE CRER) 
facility (www.nova.edu/ocean/coe.html). This 10,000-square-meter CoE 
is located at NSU's Oceanographic Center and its National Coral Reef 
Institute (NCRI) on the ocean side of Port Everglades in Hollywood, 
Florida. Activities in this recently opened multi-disciplinary 
research building address national and international priorities in 
coral reef research.

Interested potential post-docs should send to purkis at nova.edu: (1) a 
curriculum vitae, (2) a few sentences on research interests and/or 
possible research projects, and (3) the names and contact info for 
three references.

The candidate will be highly numeric and key factors in our hiring 
decisions will be creativity, motivation, productivity, and a record 
of successful scientific publication. The domain of your expertise 
will be remote sensing, GIS, and marine spatial planning. Nova 
Southeastern University is an equal-opportunity employer and does not 
discriminate based on race, sex, age, physical condition, or country 
of national origin.

Sam Purkis, PhD
Associate Professor
Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center
National Coral Reef Institute
Nova Southeastern University
Email: purkis at nova.edu


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