Postdoctoral Research Associate – Developing a decision-support tool for the management of clam farms on the Florida Gulf Coast.
Agency: University of Florida
Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Job Category: Post-Doctoral Appointments
Salary: $45,000 + benefits
Last Date to Apply: 11/01/13 or Until Filled
Post-Doctoral Research Associate position available in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida.
The culture of the hard clam represents a significant segment of Florida’s $75 million aquaculture industry. Despite the rapid growth and success of this relatively new industry, Florida clam aquaculture has experienced setbacks, primarily attributed to high water temperatures and low salinities. Despite the fact that a large amount of data related to the environment, clam mortality, health, physiology, and productivity have been amassed, no practical tool has been developed to help farmers reduce crop loss. The selected applicant will conduct data analyses and develop a model for use as a preliminary decision tool for growers. Dr. Jim Berkson, Courtesy Associate Professor and Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s RTR Program, and Dr. Shirley Baker, Associate Professor, seek applications from highly-motivated postdoctoral candidates with strong quantitative skills and a background in ecology, fisheries, wildlife, environmental science, statistics, or related fields. Results of this project have the potential to greatly increase the productivity of clam farming along the Gulf coast and to serve as an example for other species and locations.
Applicants must have completed a Doctoral degree or be on track to finish one by December of 2013. The postdoctoral research associate position is set to begin in January of 2014 and will be funded for one year.
While applicants can come from a wide variety of disciplines (ecology, fisheries, wildlife, environmental science, statistics, or related fields), all applicants should have a strong quantitative background in statistics and modeling. Fluency with a computer language (e.g. R, Matlab, C++) is a necessity.
Preliminary applications should be sent to Dr. Berkson by email at Jim.Berkson@noaa.gov. These should include: 1) CV, 2) copy of all university transcripts (unofficial accepted for initial application), 3) names and contact information of three references, and 4) either a reprint of a first-authored publication or the abstract of your dissertation.
Contact Person: Dr. Jim Berkson
Contact Phone: 352 294-0887
Contact eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org