NSF Postdoctoral Scholar – Ocean acidification and coral reefs

CSUN Position – 1775
Apply at –http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/employment/
Start date: 1 February 2011, negotiable
Salary: $41,000

Applications are invited for a 2-year (with potential for a 2-year renewal), NSF-funded postdoctoral scholar position at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), to conduct research in the area of ocean acidification (OA) and its effects on coral reefs. The successful candidate will work closely with RC Carpenter and PJ Edmunds (grant PIs, robert.carpenter@csun.edu and peter.edmunds@csun.edu) to investigate the effects of OA on corals, algae, and coral reefs in Moorea, French Polynesia. The research focuses on the ecophysiology of corals and algae, and spans investigative scales from organisms, to assemblages of species, and natural communities; experiments will involve microcosms and in situ (field) analyses. Candidates are expected to have strong field-based experience with the ecophysiology of tropical corals and algae, a background in the biology/ecology/physiology of corals and algae, and experience in analytical seawater chemistry; scuba diving with AAUS training (or equivalent) is required. The research involves significant periods (up to 6 months/year) of work overseas in Moorea, and shorter periods (a few weeks) in Hawaii. This position provides unique opportunities to work with a small team studying the biology of coral reefs in the Caribbean and Pacific, and work with colleagues in the Moorea Coral Reef LTER, and Hawaii.

The salary includes benefits, with additional funds to support travel and research in Moorea and Hawaii. Applicants should submit a covering letter in which they describe their research training and interests, CV, and arrange to have two letters of reference submitted. All applications must be made through the CSUN web site (see above).

Robert Carpenter
Professor
Department of Biology
California State University
Northridge, CA 91330-8303
818 677-3256


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