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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Ecology

Smithsonian Institution
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Ecology


The Smithsonian Institution seeks candidates for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Zostera Experimental Network (ZEN, www.zenscience.org), an NSF-sponsored collaborative international research project exploring interactions of biodiversity and global environmental gradients in mediating the structure and functioning of vegetated marine ecosystems. The candidate will help coordinate, and will take a lead role in conducting, collaborative research among a network of >20 international partners, working closely with PI Emmett Duffy (Smithsonian Institution), as well as co-PIs Jay Stachowicz (UC Davis) and Kevin Hovel (San Diego State University). The position involves opportunities for both personal research initiatives and extensive collaborations.

The position will be based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (www.serc.si.edu) in Edgewater, MD, initially with responsibilities for field work also at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (www.vims.edu) in Gloucester Point, VA. 

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology, marine science, or other appropriate field, experience in marine field ecology, and clear evidence of research achievement and promise. Because the project involves a collaborative partnership, strong organizational, communication, writing, and people skills are essential. Advanced quantitative skills and taxonomic expertise are also a plus.

Applications should include (1) a current Curriculum Vitae; (2) a 1-2 page summary of career goals, experience, and interests relevant to the ZEN program; and (3) names and full contact information (postal address, email address, and phone number) of three references. Please submit your application electronically as a single PDF document to duffye@si.edu with the file name and email subject heading ‘ZEN Postdoc application – SURNAME’ with your surname in capital letters.

Please also arrange to have your three references send a letter of recommendation to duffye@si.edu by the closing date below.

The position is available immediately for up to two years, contingent on satisfactory progress. The stipend is $45,000 per year, with benefits of group health insurance.

Review of applications will begin on 15 March 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information, please contact:

Emmett Duffy, Director
     Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network
     Smithsonian Institution
     duffye@si.edu
     Duffy faculty site: http://www.serc.si.edu/labs/marine_biodiversity/
     ZEN project site: www.zenscience.org