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Applications for a Senior Postdoctoral Associate are invited to work with an interdisciplinary team of biological and physical oceanographers at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. 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 Senior Postdoctoral Associate 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.

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume):

PhD (or Foreign Equivalent) in quantitative ecology, computer science, advanced statistics, fisheries science or a related field. Experience with advanced statistics, programming in Matlab, R or other statistical languages. Experience working with ecological or oceanographic data.

Preferred Qualifications:

Two years of experience using advanced statistics or excellence in the field as demonstrated by relevant peer-reviewed publications, or a fellowship in population dynamics, quantitative ecology, computer science, statistics or applied math. Experience working with oceanographic data, working on oceanographic vessels and developing ecological indicators. Strong written communication skills as demonstrated by prior peer-reviewed publications.

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.

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Analyze data and develop indicators of oceanographic conditions and ecosystem health
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in scientific journals
  • Assist in the planning and participation of 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

Special Notes:

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.

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Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.

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Official Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Job Field: Post Doctoral
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Shift: Day Shift Shift Hours: 8:30-5PM Pass Days: Sat, Sun
Posting Start Date: Sep 8, 2020
Posting End Date: Oct 8, 2020, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: $44,500 – $60,000 plus $3,026 location pay
Salary Grade: SL1
Appointment Type: Temporary

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