A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Coastal Ecosystem Processes lab (https://www.harteresearchinstitute.org/research/coastal-ecosystem-processes) at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. The primary obligations for the postdoctoral researcher are:
1) analyze and publish data from ongoing phytoplankton/water quality sampling efforts in several Texas estuaries, including an 8+ year sampling program in Baffin Bay,
2) assume a leadership role in the expansion of the existing monitoring network in Baffin Bay to include automated phytoplankton/water quality detection capabilities, and
3) explore new research lines via field sampling, experiments and/or modeling in collaboration with lab members.
Baffin Bay is considered to be the “jewel” of the Texas coast, but is undergoing eutrophication and deterioration of overall ecosystem health. Since 1989, recurring, prolonged blooms of Aureoumbra lagunensis (“brown tide”) have occurred in the system. A vibrant stakeholder group has identified several significant funding sources that will allow for watershed nutrient load reduction efforts to commence in the next few years.
Two years of funding are available for this position. The second year of support will depend on a satisfactory first year review. The position is available to start as early as January 1, 2021, and as late as June 30, 2021. Both international and domestic candidates will be considered.
Ph.D. in Marine Science or related field at the time of appointment.
Working experience with phytoplankton identification, preferably including marine taxa.
Experience with statistical tools for analysis of ecological communities and time-series.
Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience communicating scientific findings to a broad audience.
Desire to work with a broad spectrum of collaborators, managers, and stakeholders.
Experience with project management and ability to meet project goals in a timely manner.