Postdoctoral fellowship in coral biogeochemistry at Rutgers University

Postdoctoral Fellowship available at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to conduct independent and collaborative research into the mechanisms of biomineralization in corals, its potential response to ocean acidification and implications for the application of geochemical proxies in corals, with an emphasis on boron isotopes. Preferred fields of experience include:
1) Interactions between biomolecules (“organic matrix”) and the formation of inorganic crystals in biogenic minerals.
2) Biomineraliztion controls on boron isotopes and other proxies of the seawater carbonate system in tropical corals, with an emphasis on controlled laboratory experiments.

We seek a scientist with a strong background in physical chemistry and analytical experience in surface chemistry who is interested in a mechanistic understanding of the biological and geochemical controls on biomineralization, implications for the reliability of pH proxies and their interpretations in terms of seawater carbonate chemistry. A candidate who can bring an array of analytical approaches to the problem will be favored. The position is part of an interdisciplinary NSF-funded project to study ocean acidification effects on coral calcification. The successful candidate is expected to work pro-actively within a team of researchers (PIs include professors Paul Falkowski, Yair Rosenthal, Rob Sherrell and Oscar Schofield) primarily at Rutgers University.

Candidates should have a PhD with expertise in biomineralization research or a closely related field. The appointment is for one year, renewable up to three. Salary is commensurate with experience. Send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three references, to Dr. Yair Rosenthal, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, 71 Dudley Rd., New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8521. Applying by email is encouraged: please send application to rosenthal@marine.rutgers.edu). For further information please contact Dr. Yair Rosenthal.

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