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Ecosystem indicators of the New York Bight and Northwest Atlantic

Applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher (PR) are invited to work with an interdisciplinary team of biological and physical oceanographers at Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. We seek an enthusiastic and highly quantitative person to develop indicators that help assess the health of the New York Bight pelagic ecosystem and understand the ecology of the broader Northwest Atlantic. The PR will be working with existing large datasets on oceanographic and atmospheric conditions, nutrient dynamics, carbonate chemistry and living marine resources on the Northeast U.S. Shelf (NES) as well as with new data collected in the New York Bight. The main objective of this project is to develop an interdisciplinary, multi-trophic level ocean monitoring program in the New York Bight, provide information on the status of New York pelagic resources to managers and communicate this information to better inform decision making regionally and locally. The postdoc will be an integral part in evaluating and recommending a suite of indicators to monitor in the New York Bight.

Brief Description of Duties: 

The postdoctoral researcher will analyze oceanographic data and develop indicators related to ocean health in the New York Bight and Northeast US. The postdoc will help plan and participate in research cruises and work with a transdisciplinary team of physical, chemical and biological oceanographers.  The postdoc will prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific research conferences. A strong candidate will have excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications.

  • Analyze data and develop indicators of oceanographic conditions and ecosystem health
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in scientific journals
  • Help plan and participate in oceanographic cruises
  • Present at conferences, NYDEC and other management agencies
  • Write proposals for external funding
  • >Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):
Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in quantitative ecology, computer science, advanced statistics, fisheries science, or related field in hand by May 31, 2019. Three (3) years of research experience. Experience with advanced statistics, programming in Matlab, R or other statistical coding languages. Experience working with ecological or oceanographic data.

Preferred Qualifications:
Two years of experience using advanced statistics. Excellence in the field as demonstrated by relevant peer-reviewed publications or Fellowship in population dynamics, quantitative ecology, computer science, statistics, or applied math. Experience with oceanographic data, working on oceanographic vessels and developing ecological indicators.

This is a full-time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

The postdoc will be employed by New York state with an annual salary of $50-60K depending on qualifications. This position is full-time for one year, with annual renewal of appointment conditional on the PR making satisfactory progress during the prior year(s) and continuation of funding. Start date is flexible, and the successful candidate could begin as soon as possible. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least three professional references. For further information, please contact Dr. Janet Nye ( or Dr. Lesley Thorne (, who will supervise the PR.  To apply for this position online, please visit Stony Brook Jobs and reference posting #1802916

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Job Field: Post Doctoral
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences-Stony Brook University
Posting Start Date: Nov 1, 2018
Posting End Date: Dec 2, 2018, 12:59:00 AM
Salary: Commensurate with experience within the range of $50,000 – $60,000.
Salary Grade: SL1
Appointment Type:Temporary

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