Postdoctoral associate opportunity: marine biology/ocean carbonate chemistry

Role and Responsibilities: The Downeast Institute (DEI) seeks a motivated and creative marine biologist with expertise in ocean and sediment carbonate chemistry to help assemble an ocean acidification laboratory, and conduct experiments in the laboratory and field to determine effects of ocean acidification (OA) on the biology and ecology of local, commercially-important shellfish. This research will be facilitated by state-of-the-art hatchery facilities at DEI where we have been rearing bivalves and crustaceans for the past 30 years. The successful candidate will work closely with the institute’s Director of Research and its staff to establish and operate the OA laboratory, and promote interactive research with outside investigators to utilize DEI facilities for OA research. The candidate will be responsible for recommending appropriate equipment and supplies for the OA laboratory and for the field to conduct manipulative experiments to examine how current and future carbonate chemistry of seawater and sediments affect life-history dynamics of local shellfish. The successful candidate will have broad, in-depth knowledge of shellfish biology/ecology as well as carbonate chemistry related to seawater and sediments. She/He will have experience writing successful grants, and assembling and working in an OA laboratory. The position (including salary, fringe, and funding for some laboratory equipment) is for a period of 24 months.

Requirements: The ideal candidate will have/be:
1) A Ph.D. in Marine Biology or Marine Chemistry, or a related field;
2) In-depth understanding of shellfish biology/ecology/physiology, and seawater carbonate chemistry;
3) Experience in assembling an OA laboratory;
4) Experience working with infaunal and epibenthic shellfish;
5) A desire to play a key role in developing new technologies;
6) An independent thinker and problem-solver who is an enthusiastic and collaborative professional, and with excellent written and oral communication skills;
7) A proven ability to work well in a team environment;
8) Experience writing and obtaining extramural funding for research grants; and,
9) Passionate about working in a rural setting in the newest marine laboratory on the east coast of the United States.

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