The Institute of Marine Sciences (https://ims.ucsc.edu/) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position under the direction of Assistant Project Scientist Cyril Michel. The Postdoctoral Scholar will investigate predator-prey dynamics in California’s Central Valley watershed, focusing on interactions between ESA-listed salmonids, their predators, and manmade structures. The project will involve field-based experiments to measure the effects of manmade hydrologic features on the predation and survival of salmonids and the impacts of modifying or removing these features. The Postdoctoral Scholar will work as part of a group of researchers that have developed methodologies to investigate predation on juvenile salmon, including Predation Event Recorders, habitat mapping, hydroacoustics, and population modeling. Primary responsibilities include experimental design, assisting in field-based data collection, managing and analyzing large datasets, coordinating research collaborators, and contributing to the dissemination of results through manuscripts, presentations, and agency reports. The position will be based at the National Marine Fisheries Service – Southwest Fisheries Science Center (https://swfsc.noaa.gov/) in Santa Cruz, where the scholar will work in close collaboration with the lab’s Federal and University staff. Experience working with fisheries hydroacoustics (e.g., DIDSON), image analysis, and biotelemetry are desirable but not required.
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, see current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at https://apo.ucsc.edu/compensation/salary-scales/index.html. APPLY AT Applications received by October 22nd will receive full consideration.
-A Ph.D. in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries or related field
-A minimum of one-year experience working in riverine, estuarine, or marine ecology research using field-based experiments
-Experience in computer programming (MATLAB and/or R).