LTER Postdoc position at FIU, Miami: Coastal food web ecology
Florida International University
Posted November 26, 2018
Desired start date:
January 1, 2019
$50,000 - $55,000/year plus full benefits
Florida Coastal Everglades LTER (FCE LTER)
Institute of Water and the Environment
Southeast Environmental Research Center
Florida International University, Miami, FL
We seek a talented and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to join our team of coastal consumer ecologists at FCE LTER. The postdoc will focus on the analysis of bulk tissue stable isotopes to help us understand trophic structure and energy flow through coastal Everglades food webs across salinity and productivity gradients. The project involves a collaboration across multiple research labs in the FCE LTER program (Rehage, Trexler, Fourqurean, Kominoski, Crowl, & Heithaus at FIU & the Nelson lab at University of Louisiana-Lafayette). The position will be based at FIU in Miami with travel to UL-Lafayette and will involve both field and laboratory-based work. Opportunities for synthesis of previously-collected datasets, for collaboration in the participant labs and with the FCE LTER research community, and for mentoring younger scientists are available.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in stable isotope ecology and in coastal/marine ecology. Experience with Bayesian mixing models as well as the use of fatty acid tracers is beneficial, but not required. Strong theoretical, statistical and communication skills, and evidence of these in previous work and publications are desired. The applicant must be able to organize & conduct field work in coastal systems operating small boats, supervise research assistants in lab/field activities, code and perform advanced statistical analyses (food web modeling and spatial statistics), work collaboratively among research labs, engage with the FCE LTER research community and management partners, and produce publications. Applicants are expected to have earned a PhD in a relevant discipline prior to the start date.
Please send a single PDF containing (1) a cover letter describing your fit for this position (detailing past accomplishments & career goals), (2) a CV with a list of 3 references, and (3) representative publications to Dr. Jennifer Rehage, firstname.lastname@example.org
and Dr. James Nelson, email@example.com
. Please use the subject matter: FCE food web postdoc + your last name in your email.
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