POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN ZOOPLANKTON MOLECULAR ECOLOGY
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN ZOOPLANKTON MOLECULAR
University of Hawaii at Manoa – Department of Oceanography
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position in zooplankton molecular ecology in E. Goetze’s laboratory in the Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, at Manoa.
The postdoctoral scientist will lead efforts to develop and apply novel molecular techniques to studying copepod nauplii in the field. This NSF-funded EAGER project aims to develop a new qPCR-based approach to enumerate the earliest stages of copepods in mixed plankton samples. This technique will then be used to investigate the trophodynamic role of nauplii in planktonic marine food webs. The work is varied and will involve extensive field and laboratory experiments, in addition to the molecular methods development. Fieldwork is based in Kaneohe Bay, a subtropical embayment on the eastern shore of Oahu (Hawaii). There is wide scope for independent and collaborative work on related research in this system. The work will be conducted in collaboration with Drs. Karen Selph (Dept of Oceanography) and Petra Lenz (Pacific Biosciences Research Center). If interested, opportunities would exist to gain university teaching experience, attend training workshops, and obtain experience in writing research grants. Support will be provided to present research results at national or international meetings. Initial appointment is for 1 year, renewable for a second year depending on progress and performance.
The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) was established at the University of Hawaii at Manoa to promote excellence in interdisciplinary research and graduate education in marine, atmospheric, and geological sciences. This postdoctoral position is within the Department of Oceanography at SOEST, and is located on the main Manoa campus. Additional information about the Biological Oceanography Division and the Department of Oceanography can be found at: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a PhD in oceanography, marine biology, zoology or a related field, and strong molecular skills. Ideal candidates will have some experience running culture or field-based experiments with live plankton (e.g., incubation or perturbation experiments).
How to apply: Electronically submit a coverletter, CV, brief statement of research experience and interests, and names and contact information for three references to email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2012 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. An ideal start date would be January 1, 2013, but is negotiable between Jan – July 2013. Skype or phone interviews for this position will be conducted in early December. Feel free to contact Dr. Goetze with questions about the research or position, however, please note that she is at sea between Oct 5 – Nov 28 and responses may be a bit delayed.