A postdoctoral position in computational biological oceanography is available under the mentorship of Dr. Caz Taylor (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Center for Computational Science, Tulane University, New Orleans). The successful candidate will further develop existing computational particle-tracking models that use underlying oceanographic data to simulate pelagic larval movement in the Gulf of Mexico. The models will be applied to research on the movements and population connectivity of blue crabs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on this economically and ecologically important species. This research is part of a larger project that includes investigations into population genetics, evolutionary dynamics, population dynamics, fisheries management and ecotoxicology. The postdoctoral researcher will develop his/her own research questions and will be expected to present results at scientific conferences and publish in peer- reviewed journals.
The preferred start date is January 1 2013 but some flexibility is possible. The initial appointment will be for two years with an extension of one additional year depending on performance. Starting salary is $40,000 per year plus standard benefits.
Requirements include: (1) Strong computational and programming skills, prefer experience in C++ and matlab; (2) Demonstrated research excellence; (3) Strong oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests and expertise complement the research project but outstanding applicants looking to broaden their field of interest will also be seriously considered.
Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. All eligible candidates are invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.
To apply, send a cover letter and CV electronically to:
Dr. Caz Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org