Postdoctoral Research Scientist – Fisheries Oceanography

The Fisheries Oceanography Laboratory in the Department of Coastal Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi has one opening for a full-time postdoctoral research associate. Funding is available for two years with a possibility of extension. The research will focus on the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on larval fish feeding, growth and condition. Research activities will include (1) field sampling in the northern Gulf of Mexico; (2) identification of ichthyoplankton and zooplankton; (3) laboratory analysis of otoliths (growth increment analysis; and (4) gut content analysis.

Annual salary is $40,000 and includes health benefits. Start date is negotiable, but targeted for January 2013. The position will be based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in fisheries science or related field; ability to work well with a diverse team of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate summer interns, and staff; valid driver’s license; all applicants must have successfully completed all requirements for a Ph.D. degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

Fisheries research experience, including ichthyoplankton field surveys, plankton sample processing, and larval fish otolith increment analysis; experience with zooplankton and ichthyoplankton taxonomy and identification; experience in statistical methods, including multivariate analysis.

How to apply:

Applications must include: 1) a cover letter that describes your interest and qualifications for the position; 2) a CV that includes contact information for at least three references, and 3) proof of completion of a Ph.D. Applicants must apply for the position through the University of Southern Mississippi Human Resources Website at http://www.usm.edu/employment-hr (job posting number 0002390).

Any questions regarding the position may be directed to Frank Hernandez via email at frank.hernandez@usm.edu.

The position is open until filled. Application reviews will begin November 2, 2012.