Postdoctoral Research Associate – Marine Conservation in the Bahamas

Three year appointment with potential for subsequent extensions Application deadline: February 28, or until suitable candidate is found Salary: $50,000 per year plus benefits

Annual budget: $25,000, with additional dedicated and opportunistic uses of Shedd’s 80-foot research vessel, Coral Reef II The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois is seeking candidates for a conservation postdoctoral research associateship focusing on marine ecology in the Bahamas. The selected candidate will be responsible for developing a robust research program of their choice that addresses marine-related conservation issues. Preference will be given to programs that focus on grouper or conch fisheries, or coral reef ecology. A program that involves local stakeholders in design and implementation of research is preferred. Research is expected to be multifaceted, inform resource managers, and advance conservation and sustainable practices. The selected associate will also be responsible for developing a biodiversity monitoring program for Bahamian coral reefs and reef fish based off the research vessel, Coral Reef II.

The selected associate is expected to use approaches that may include 1) conducting research to determine the biological requirements critical for species and habitats, 2) evaluating the efficacy of current species management efforts and analyzing how management may be adapted to better meet conservation objectives, and 3) partner with Bahamian stakeholders so that they have a greater role in studying, assessing, and managing their resources. The associate is expected to work closely with management agencies such as the Bahamas Department of Marine Resources and the Bahamas National Trust. Research involvement with other Shedd departments (e.g., Animal Health, Fishes) is advantageous. The associate is also expected to participate in relevant workshops, present seminars at various venues, and to publish their data in a timely fashion.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in ecology, marine science, natural resource management, zoology, or related field. The position requires strong scientific research skills, database management, and ability to communicate at an academic and general-pubic level. Experience with grant acquisition, and publishing in peer-reviewed and general outlets is expected. Applicants must have a real interest in interdisciplinary applied science and have the ability to work independently and under limited supervision. SCUBA certification is required. This position requires a minimum of 40% time spent in the field.

Please send a curriculum vitae, and a letter (maximum length 1500 words) describing your background, experiences and proposed research ideas. Please also provide names and contact information for three references. The letter, CV, and reference information should be sent to Tiffany Tucket (jobs@sheddaquarium.org).

To discuss the specifics of this position contact Dr. Chuck Knapp (cknapp@sheddaquarium.org).

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Apply by 28/02/2012