Postdoctoral Research Assoc – Zooplankton Ecology (open until filled)

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Postdoctoral Research Assoc – Zooplankton Ecology (open until filled)

Applications are being accepted for a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography of the University of Georgia (SkIO), a multidisciplinary research institution located on the Georgia coast near Savannah, GA ( The successful applicant will perform research on zooplankton ecology, primarily using existing imagery datasets from the northern Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic, while assisting the new PI (Adam Greer) in evaluating and testing new plankton imaging and oceanographic equipment in nearby coastal environments. In addition, the postdoctoral candidate will discuss with the PI about opportunities to pursue independent research utilizing the facilities at UGA campuses and collaborating institutions. The position will examine how oceanographic and optical properties from these existing datasets influence the distributions of various zooplankton taxa, with the potential to apply and evaluate image processing and analytical techniques, such as neural networks. Data sets include high-resolution plankton distributions, oceanographic (e.g., temperature, salinity), and optical data (PAR, chlorophyll-a fluorescence, optical backscatter) that can be combined to reveal new information about the biological and physical processes structuring plankton communities. Applicants with quantitative skills, creativity, and interests in technology, artificial intelligence, or ‘big data’ applications to ecological questions are especially encouraged to apply.

Perform data analysis in collaboration with the PI, examining fundamental plankton community structuring processes in the northern Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic. Responsibilities beyond research progress include conference presentations, timely dissemination of results in peer-reviewed publications, and regular contributions to the commencement and subsequent development of the lab group. Assistance with graduate and undergraduate student mentoring will also be encouraged. The successful applicant will have opportunities for career development, including networking, outreach, and grant proposal development.

Education, Experience etc:
Ph.D. in Marine Biology/Ecology, Oceanography, or equivalent, with experience in analysis of oceanographic data, and a basic understanding of plankton ecology and taxonomy.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities etc:
Applicants are expected to be independently motivated and enthusiastic about research. Excellent command of the English language (written and verbal) and quantitative analytical skills are essential.

Preferred qualifications:
Familiarity with plankton collection methods and analysis of biological oceanographic data is required. Previous experience working with large datasets and familiarity with at least one programming language (preferably R or Python) is valuable.

Level of independent activity:
This position will include the opportunity for extensive collaboration with other institutions, such as the Naval Research Lab, University of Southern Mississippi, and Oregon State University (among others), in addition to direct collaboration with Greer. Considerable autonomy will exist for the postdoctoral associate to develop independent lines of inquiry, while complementing several ongoing avenues of research.

The position is for 12 months initially, renewable for an additional 12 month period contingent on satisfactory progress. Candidates will be selected based on academic qualifications, letters of recommendation, and prior skills, experience, and research goals. The position is compensated through a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. The successful applicant will be encouraged to take full advantage of UGA career guidance through a range of workshops, webinars, certificates, English language training, and other UGA online career resources. Consideration of applications will begin November 1, 2019, with an anticipated start date in January 2020.

To apply, please submit application via the UGA website with a cover letter and resume using the following URL: