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PostDoc in BioOptical Aquatic Science

Postdoctoral Research in Bio-Optical
Properties of Discrete Layers in Oligotrophic Large Water Bodies.

An interdisciplinary team containing mathematics, microbiogeochemical ecophysiology, phytoplankton biology, fluid dynamics, and animal behavior scientists seek a Post-Doc, who can interface aquatic hydrographic characteristics with spatially patchy distribution of plankton. The focus will be on fine-scale (cm to m) vertical structure development during winter-spring transition and into the well-stratified summer season. The successful candidate will be seaworthy, familiar with plankton biology, competent in physical interpretation of CTD and fundamental optical data with respect to density and shear interfaces that create stable microhabitats, and able to integrate their strength in one of these areas with the others. The first year is guaranteed, with a second contingent on pending administrative approval. The position could start immediately, or by January 2014 for best integration into annual sampling cycles. The hosts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Mathematical Sciences and School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS), operate in a multidisciplinary environment seeking to facilitate interdisciplinary thought and activity. For complete details see the SFS website http://home.freshwater.uwm.edu/jobopps/, or contact Russell Cuhel (SFS: rcuhel@alum.mit.edu) or Istvan Lauko (Math: iglauko@uwm.edu) directly. Applications may include a statement of experience and interest, unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate education, and contact information for two references.

Requirements and Qualifications:

* Hold a completed PhD degree in aquatically-relevant areas of mathematics, physics, optics, biology, or a related discipline.
* Have experienced field sampling from floating platforms in marine and/or freshwater ecosystems, and relish the next expedition
* Have skills in interpreting physical-chemical hydrographic data in near real time to facilitate effective 'ground truth' sampling.
* Understand cause and effect relationships among hydrographic, chemical, and plankton biological characteristics.
* Be familiar with models involving light attenuation, solute flux, nutrient assimilation, turbulence, shear, and/or other aquatic habitat processes and be able to incorporate them into predictive models.