John Burt john.burt at nyu.edu
Fri Dec 4 00:42:57 EST 2015


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 develop a
research agenda around reef restoration using coral larvae. The overall
objective for this project is to assess the feasibility and to develop a
set of best practices for larval approaches to coral reef restoration,
using a combination of laboratory based husbandry with field based
deployment and monitoring. This position would be funded for a period of
three years, providing opportunity for the post-doctoral researcher to
develop additional research directions during periods outside of the main
spawning season (April/May). The candidate would be expected to begin
employment in early 2016 (February or March).

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work in the NYUAD marine biology
laboratory under the supervision of John Burt and will be partially
supported by a Research Technician and a Marine Biology Research
Assistant.  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), providing a unique opportunity to use
the Gulf as a natural laboratory to explore questions related to climate
change and coral biology in an extreme environment. A dive boat,
experimental aquaria, and laboratory space are available to support
research, and molecular approaches are supported by the world-class Center
for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYUAD. Candidates will be provided a
budget to support both the main project objectives as well as independent
research agenda.

Candidates for the position must meet the following selection criteria:

- PhD in Biology, Marine Biology or equivalent

- Publication track record with first-author experience

- Experience in coral husbandry and larval rearing, ideally in a leadership

- Experience in operating and maintaining experimental aquaria
- Experience in leading and managing projects

- Dive certification from an accredited agency (PADI, BSAC or similar) with
at least 50 logged dives

- Experience performing scientific diving (underwater surveys, experiments,
- Valid Driver’s License in home country

Desirable criteria includes:
- Research interests relevant to the Persian Gulf and/or extreme reef
- Research skills in related disciplines (physiology, culturing, molecular
biology, etc)
- Experience in maintaining and reporting records for funding agencies
- Experience in training/capacity building, particularly if related to reef
- Experience working in a foreign environment

Hiring is contingent on successful clearance of security, health, and
reference checks, among other HR-related criteria. This will be a
three-year contract position, potentially renewable for an additional year
based on performance and funding availability. NYUAD offers highly
competitive salaries and a very attractive benefits package including
housing, annual flights, health insurance, private school fees for
dependent children (if applicable), and other amenities. Salary and
benefits are tax free in the UAE.

*Closing date for applications is  19 December 2015* although initial
screening will begin immediately. Only those candidates short listed for an
interview will be contacted..

Applicants should submit a single PDF file which contains a cover letter
responding to selection criteria listed above (maximum of 2 pages) and a CV
which includes the contact information for three references. Copies of
related publications by the applicant may also be appended within this file
if warranted, or added as links in the publications sections of the CV.

Applications should be submitted by email to John.Burt at nyu.edu with REEF
RESTORATION APPLICATION in the subject line.

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