Two-Year Postdoctoral Position: Deep sea mining (closes 5/1/2019)

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Two-Year Postdoctoral Position: Deep sea mining (closes 5/1/2019)

Two-Year Postdoctoral Position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in assessment of the potential effects of deep-sea mining on midwater communities in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone

Project Overview
The postdoctoral scholar will work in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey C. Drazen within a project titled: The potential effects of deep sea mining on deep midwater communities in the CCZ: Constructing ecosystem baselines and modeling effects on ecosystem services (Project PIs: Jeff Drazen, Thomas Peacock and Pierre Lermusiaux).

The goals of this project are a) to create midwater baselines of biomass, deep scattering layer depth and vertical migration patterns from bioacoustics data across the CCZ, b) evaluate the temporal and spatial scale of mining related sediment plumes using a “far-field” regional hydrodynamic model ( that incorporates a “near-field” sediment plume dynamics model with a series of mining relevant scenarios and c) couple this model’s output to midwater biology and ecology in order to evaluate potential ecological risks and impacts to ecosystem services such as carbon transport and intersections between mining and fisheries activities. This will be the first endeavor to evaluate the potential midwater effects of deep-sea manganese nodule mining in the CCZ.

Postdoctoral Opportunities and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will: Lead data collection, analyses and meta-analyses of faunal sensitivities to suspended sediments. Work with sediment plume modelers in integration of biological sensitivities into the modeling context. Lead a synthesis of CCZ carbon export and fisheries data to evaluate the regions existing ecosystem services. Lead resulting authorship of publications. Author/co-author project reports and scientific papers, and present scientific results at project meetings and international scientific conferences/workshops. Assist in public outreach concerning the project.

Minimum Qualifications
PhD degree in Biological Oceanography, Marine Biology, or a closely related scientific discipline. A track record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Experience working with ecosystem models or hydrodynamic model outputs and/or evaluating organismal sensitivities to anthropogenic disturbances desirable.

Stipend and Duration of Position
The stipend will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and is expected to be in the range of $65,000 – $70,000 US per year. The position will be funded on an annual basis for two years, based on acceptable performance. The successful candidate will be expected to make a 2-yr commitment.

Review of applications will begin May 1st and the job will close when filled. Selected applicant to start as soon as possible. Apply by submitting 1) curriculum vitae, 2) a statement of research interests, experience, and career goals and 3) the names, phone numbers and email addresses for three professional references, by email to Jeffrey Drazen, ( Please put in the subject line of the application email: “Midwater mining effects Postdoc”