A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Howard Lasker at the University of Buffalo to work on a NSF funded project entitled, "Pattern and process in the abundance and recruitment of Caribbean octocorals." The project is conducted collaboratively with Peter Edmunds, California State University, Northridge. The project focuses on processes controlling the recruitment and survival of octocorals on St. John, U.S. Virgin Is.
The postdoc will be based at the University of Buffalo but the work will include field trips of up to several months on St. John, US Virgin Is. He/she will participate in designing and conducting experiments on larval biology, conduct censuses of octocoral and other reef species and the resultant statistical analyses of experimental data as well as population abundances over time and space.
Applicants are required to have a doctorate in an appropriate field. If the degree has not been awarded the candidate must be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. The postdoc must be an experienced scuba diver able to be certified in an AAUS scientific diving program and must be able to operate and maintain small boats in coastal waters. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to collaborate with and coordinate efforts of a team of researchers and students, and a track record of publishing his/her work in scientific journals. The candidate should also have strong quantitative and computational skills, knowledge of data analysis and competence in R or similar statistical and modeling languages. Applicants must also have a valid drivers license.
Familiarity with Caribbean reef species is preferred but not necessary.
Familiarity with population modeling.
Ability to work at a remote field station for extended times.
Conduct up to 3 scuba dives per day.
Carry equipment up to 40 lbs. weight.