[MARMAM] Post-Doctoral Position at Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Mackenzie Russell russell.kenzielee at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 14:36:30 PST 2019

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) seeks a full-time post-doctoral
researcher for up to 4-years in the area of bottlenose dolphin ecology. The
Postdoctoral Investigator will lead a newly funded research study on the
status of bottlenose dolphin populations in Alabama waters. This research
position will help meet the need to understand population status and
recovery following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and integrate new data
with existing (but sparser) historical datasets to better understand
cetacean health and population structure in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The successful candidate will join a dedicated team of staff, students,
researchers and volunteers as part of the Alabama Marine Mammal Research
Program that includes the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network and
DISL’s Manatee Sighting Network. Ongoing research projects use traditional
ecological techniques with satellite/ GPS telemetry, photo-identification
(ID), biomedical, and stable isotope and trace element analyses for
population, movement/ migration, dietary, condition, and anthropogenic
source tracing studies. Position responsibilities include: 1) conducting
core research studies on population structure and dolphin ecology through
photo-identification; 2) working with collaborators to collect (via biopsy)
and analyze data for derivative analyses (e.g.; stable isotope, genetic,
contaminant analyses); 3) interacting with, training, and supervising
graduate and undergraduate students or interns; 4) assisting with project
oversight and reporting; 5) developing new lines of inquiry that build on
the core research studies; 6) publishing papers from new and existing
datasets, and 7) disseminating data through scientific meetings and
outreach and education activities.

Applicants must have expertise in boat-based marine mammal photo-ID and
observations using high-resolution digital photography (boat handling,
animal approach and interactions, photography, photo-documentation and
archiving, basic behavior assessment). Candidate should be familiar with
standard focal observation methodologies and data sheets (survey effort,
sighting, environmental data) for small cetaceans. Candidates should be
able to grade and catalog photos using FinBase or an equivalent software
such as finFindR and be familiar with the requirements for submitting
photos to a database such as the Gulf of Mexico Dolphin Identification
System (GoMDIS). Candidates must be familiar with analytical and
quantitative methods used in photo-ID based ecological studies and be
willing to learn new techniques. Experience assessing dolphin body
condition and potential human interactions in the field and from
field-based photos is a plus. Experience with R statistical methods;
estimating abundance, population structure or stock status from photo-ID
data; student mentoring; and project management preferred. Familiarity with
biopsy sampling and sample handing for other analyses is beneficial but not
required. Applicant must have proof of or be able to take the DOI MOCC.
Applicants must hold an earned Ph.D., be fluent in written and spoken
English, and be legally able to work in the USA at the time of application.

To apply, submit a letter of application and research interest, CV, 1-2
copies of recently published works, and the names and contact information
for at least three references by email to rcarmichael at disl.org. Review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is
filled; start date is flexible. Salary commensurate with experience.
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