Science

Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Ecology

East Boothbay, ME   |   Full time

Overview

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral marine ecologist interested in applying research on determining the phytoremediation potential by farmed macroalgae species. Experience in aspects of carbon uptake during photosynthesis, quantifying seawater carbonate chemistry, measuring net primary productivity, and linking irradiance and water flow to primary production potential would be a definite benefit. The postdoc would work with existing experimental in situ and lab-based data sets for hypothesis testing and biogeochemical modeling and continue ongoing field operations. Our aim is to identify the conditions under which co-cultivation of blue mussels and farmed kelp is mutually beneficial and can mitigate stresses from coastal acidification. This position is initially funded for 1 year and will offer opportunities for multi-institution and transdisciplinary collaboration, pursuit of independent funding, and training in molecular-based approaches to determine fate of kelp detritus if desired.


Position Details

The postdoc would work with existing experimental in situ and lab-based data sets for hypothesis testing and biogeochemical modeling. Our aim is to identify the conditions under which co-cultivation of blue mussels and farmed kelp is mutually beneficial and can mitigate stresses from coastal acidification. This position will offer opportunities for multi-institution and transdisciplinary collaboration, pursuit of independent funding, and training in using genetic-based approaches to determine fate of kelp detritus if desired. This position will supervise a technician and undergraduate students. The main duties would be statistical analyses and biogeochemical modeling and manuscript preparation.


Requirements

1. Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry, Global Change Biology, Benthic Marine Ecology or Phycology

2. Knowledge and understanding of biogeochemistry of calcification/dissolution and photosynthesis/respiration in seawater and modeling of these processes

3. Experience with macroalgae and/or mussel cultivation, husbandry, and processing

4. Strong oral and written skills, demonstrated publication record, ability to work in a cross-institutional team


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Please submit a cover letter and CV using our online application portal. Screening of candidates will begin February 24, 2020 with expectation candidate will be available in April of 2020.


About Midcoast Maine

Bigelow Laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus in East Boothbay is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, perfectly situated to provide access to the very best Maine has to offer. Within a reasonable commuting distance of most major Maine cities, this mid-coast peninsula offers the perfect balance between small town coastal charm and urban accessibility. Our peninsula is home to fishermen and sea captains, marine biologists, nature lovers, botanists and gardeners, artists, merchants, and entrepreneurs. Many non-profit organizations call this region home and work hard to further their missions in support of the arts, seamanship and marine education, conservation, historic preservation, and more. Learn more about the Boothbay Harbor Region here.


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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