[MARMAM] Postdoc Position open on marine predator tracking and space weather influences

Mia Wege mia.wege at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 02:22:35 PDT 2022

Dear MARMAM'ers,

We are seeking a postdoctoral candidate to investigate space weather
influences on marine predator movements at sea. Specifically, this study
will aim to collate telemetry data from a range of Southern Ocean marine
mammal species and use these to investigate correlation between the
recorded movement patterns with space weather events such as, for example,
sun cycles and geomagnetic storms.

The position is funded for 24 months through a NRF South African National
Antarctic Program Postdoctoral Grant at the University of Pretoria
(Pretoria, South Africa) and will work closely with the South African
National Space Agency (Hermanus, South Africa). Project start date is
negotiable, but aiming to start as soon as possible.

We are looking for a self-starting, independent and highly motivated
colleague who is interested in marine mammal movement ecology, space
weather, habitat modelling and science communication. PhD required, with
background in either ecology/zoology/physics. Skills in statistics, and
GIS; competency with GIS and either R or Python or Matlab is essential;
strong writing skills, ability to adapt/learn quickly are a major plus.
Ability to work in Hermanus for at least part of the project is a plus as

Potential candidates who identify with groups traditionally
under-represented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply. If
you have questions or are interested in the position, please email me at
*mwege@* <mia.wege at gmail.com>*zoology.up.ac.za <http://zoology.up.ac.za>*
and attach your CV.

Position will be open until filled.

The project involves collaboration between the Mammal Research Institute
(MRI) at the University of Pretoria and the South African National Space
Agency (SANSA). The project will be led by Dr Mia Wege, working closely
with a team of experts in their respective fields (Dr Els Vermeulen (MRI),
Dr Pierre Cilliers (SANSA), Dr Stefan Lotz (SANSA), and Prof Nico de Bruyn

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions,

Mia Wege, PhD (she/her)

Department of Zoology & Entomology
University of Pretoria


+27 (0)78 002 3951
mia.wege at gmail.com
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