[MARMAM] Postdoctoral Research Position: Dolphin Biopsy and Photo-Id

Dara Orbach dnorbach at gmail.com
Wed Jun 14 15:00:47 PDT 2023

*P**ostdoctoral Research Position: Dolphin Biopsy and Photo-Id*

A two-year competitively funded postdoc position is available in Dara
Orbach’s Functional Anatomy and Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals
laboratory at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC). A
collaborative and productive colleague is sought with extensive boat-based
remote biopsy and photo-identification experience with dolphins. Fieldwork
will primarily be focused on collecting biopsy tissue samples and dorsal
fin photographs of bottlenose dolphins in South Texas. The position is an
opportunity to use the data collected to develop independent lab-based
project(s) aligned with the postdoc’s research interests and expertise
(e.g., genomics, proteomics, isotopes, contaminants, hormones, etc.).
TAMU-CC facilities include a genomics core lab and liquid chromatography
with tandem mass spectrometer for various in-house sample analyses. The
postdoc will help generate, organize, analyze, and disseminate various
types of datasets, mentor and train students, and assist with community
outreach projects. For more information about the lab or department, visit
and https://www.tamucc.edu/science/departments/life-sciences/index.php.

Please e-mail: 1) a cover letter describing research interests and relevant
experiences, 2) a document (one page max) outlining project ideas to
implement using the data collected on the boat, 3) a comprehensive *curriculum
vitae*, and 4) the contact details of three references. For best
consideration, e-mail materials or inquiries to Dara Orbach (
dara.orbach at tamucc.edu) by July 15, 2023. Applications will be considered
until the position is filled. The expected start date is September 2023 and
is negotiable.

*Required Qualifications*

·       PhD in Marine Biology or related discipline (degree obtained prior
to start date)

·       Excellent written and verbal communication, teamwork, leadership,
and organizational skills

·       Extensive field experience in remote biopsy sampling AND
photo-identification of dolphins from vessels, including authorizations on
a federal permit

·       Expertise in small vessel operation and basic maintenance

·       Strong evidence of scholarly accomplishments (peer-reviewed journal
publications, grants)

·       Previous mentorship experience

*Preferred Qualifications*

·       Programming/statistical experience using R

·       GIS spatial mapping experience

·       Population abundance estimate experience

·       Extensive laboratory skills

Dara Orbach, PhD
Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
Department of Life Sciences
Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
Dara Orbach, PhD

Department of Life Sciences,
Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi
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