[MARMAM] Pinniped post-doc position, Kodiak Alaska

Kate Wynne ffkmw at uaf.edu
Fri May 5 12:00:01 PDT 2006

Position Announcement
Post-doctoral Fellow: Pinniped Foraging Ecology
Gulf Apex Predator-prey Study
Application Review Begins: Monday,14 May 2006

For further information, please contact:
Kate Wynne
E-mail: ffkmw at uaf.edu

The Gulf Apex Predator-prey Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic person for a post-doctoral fellowship focused on the foraging ecology of pinnipeds in the western Gulf of Alaska. The position is based in Kodiak, Alaska at the University of Alaska's Fishery Industrial Technology Center. This individual will join a multi-disciplinary team studying apex predator-prey interactions in Kodiak Island waters. 


The successful candidate will assist in the a) analysis and synthesis of existing pinniped diet data in the context of related prey and foraging data, b) development of trophodynamic models, and c) preparation and publication of research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals, reports, and proposals. This person will also be responsible for designing and implementing a short-term study of Steller sea lion pup weaning ontogeny and may be asked to assist in the collection of cetacean photos and samples on inter-related research projects. The candidate must be willing to work in the field and at sea in potentially inclement conditions, perform occasional heavy lifting, and travel by boat or plane in remote settings. 


Applicants are required to have marine mammal research experience with a focus on pinniped population dynamics, foraging ecology, and/or energetics. Candidate should also have a strong interest- and preferably experience- in modeling predator-prey systems and trophodynamics in marine ecosystems.


The successful applicant will be expected to work independently but in collaboration with a team of interdisciplinary researchers. The ideal applicant will be organized, self motivated, independent, and have strong writing and communication skills. A proven ability to produce tangible and/or publishable results from significant or difficult tasks is desirable.


This position is for 12 months commencing early summer 2006 with potential for extension, contingent on additional funding. The position is open until filled.


To apply, please send electronically your curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, how you think you would fit into the organization, your professional experience, and the names of three references with contact information to:


Kate Wynne

Associate Professor

University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

118 Trident Way

Kodiak, AK 99615

(907) 486-1517

 ffkmw at uaf.edu
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