Postdoctoral position within the Census of Marine Life at the University of California San Diego.
The Census of Marine Life synthesis group for deep-sea research (SYNDEEP) is recruiting a full time postdoctoral researcher to work on meta-analyses of deep sea biodiversity. Initial appointment for 7 months (until 6/2009), with a strong possibility of extension for 18 months (until 05/2010).
Since 2000, the Census of Marine Life initiative has provided an exceptional framework for the development of international collaborations and coordination of efforts in the field of marine biodiversity, biogeography and ecosystem functioning. This has been crucial for the current endeavour of generating a global vision of diversity, biogeography and abundance of life in the oceans in the past, present and future. The deep-sea component of the Census (ChEss, CenSeam, COMARGE, CeDAMar and MAR-ECO) have developed their research based on specific goals and scientific questions and are now entering the synthesis phase, with a 2010 deadline. In order to provide an overarching picture of current deep-sea biodiversity, these five projects and the Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) initiative of the Census have grouped together in an initiative know as SYNDEEP.
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to conduct deep-sea biodiversity analyses at the global scale from available data to address two major scientific questions: 1) what are the global patterns of deep-sea diversity vs area? and 2) what are the global patterns of deep-sea diversity vs productivity? Initial guidance will be provided by an advisory scientific panel and collaborations with this panel will continue throughout the project.
Available data from the 5 Census deep-sea projects and other external sources will be integrated in a SYNDEEP database that will be created by a dedicated database manager in collaboration with the postdoctoral researcher and scientific panels. This unique dataset will be used to conduct the biodiversity analyses. The output from these analyses will take the form of two papers aimed at high impact factor journals.
The work will be conducted at the San Diego Supercoputer Center, UCSD, with links to Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Travel to the Memorial University of Newfoundland and other locations may be required.
The candidate should have the following proven attributes:
• PhD in relevant area
• Excellent analytical and statistical skills
• Capability to work with large datasets
• Marine ecology background, especially deep sea ecology and/or biodiversity analyses
• Capacity to work in a team under tight deadlines
• Immediate availability
Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of research interests and names of 3 references via email (pdf) to Karen Stocks (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.