We seek a post-doctoral candidate who will be responsible for designing and executing a Autonomous Underwater Glider (AUG) field program in Lake Superior. The position is part of a nearshore monitoring development project focused on characterizing the influence of watershed/ tributary influences on the Great Lakes. The individual should be familiar with oceanographic technology, and will be part of a team to help design and test effective sampling approaches in the ongoing development of nearshore monitoring and observing systems across the Great Lakes. The project will develop and evaluate the use of high spatial intensity and repeated surveys with grids or transects. A nearshore receiving area on Lake Superior will be used as a test case for AUG technology to characterize nearshore responses to tributary outflows and nutrient loading in the Great Lakes. The project will compare watershed flow and loading data with information from other surveying techniques within and around the nearshore receiving zone. AUG/continuous in situ sensor data will be used to track tributary waters dispersed within lake waters and ultimately evaluate the nature and extent of biogeochemical responses.
The successful candidate will work with a team from the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the US EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division in Duluth MN to design and implement glider surveys in the nearshore environment. The candidate will receive training in operation of the glider system as part of the position. The position will be for up to 12 months; an additional year is dependent on further funding. Start date January 6th, 2014 is negotiable depending on the needs and commitments of the successful candidate.
The candidate is required to have a Ph.D. in ocean engineering, physical and/or chemical oceanography, remote sensing, or related field
Desired qualities include:
- knowledge and/or experience with oceanographic technology, especially AUG technology and operation;
- knowledge of coastal dynamics and ecological processes in estuarine, marine and/or freshwater (large lake) environments, and some understanding of the interaction of physical and biogeochemical processes in aquatic ecosystems;
- quantitative analysis skills and related educational training.
Experience with GIS, visualization software, and mathematical modeling
For a complete Position Description and information on how to apply, please visit our web site at https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=112994 or contact Dr. Jay Austin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 2205 E 5th Street, Duluth, MN 55812, 218-726-8773. Complete applications will be reviewed beginning October 17th, 2013.
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