[MARMAM] Postdoctoral position in North Atlantic right whale modeling

Daniel Pendleton - NOAA Affiliate daniel.pendleton at noaa.gov
Fri Oct 27 08:47:27 PDT 2023

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist
to work on modeling of the North Atlantic right whale response to climate
change as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation.
North Atlantic right whales are in decline, and a rapid climate shift in
2010 abruptly redistributed the whale’s primary prey, leading to changing
foraging patterns, and higher mortality rates. The case of the right whale
illustrates the consequences of a lack of understanding how an organism
responds to climate change. We seek a postdoctoral scientist to develop
species distribution models to test hypotheses related to climate
adaptation for this species. The successful candidate will work closely
with other team members who are developing movement models, studying
remotely sensed data layers, and acquiring and obtaining in situ
oceanographic datasets. Projects will be led by the postdoctoral scientist,
but will involve working with a team of PIs (Dan Pendleton, Nick Record at
Bigelow Laboratory, and Erin Meyer-Gutbrod at the University of South
Carolina) and other collaborators.

The preferred start date for this position is January 2024, and it is
funded for a three-year term, contingent on satisfactory annual performance
reviews. The salary range for this position is $54,000-68,000, based on
experience, with a generous benefits package including health care,
retirement contribution, and paid time off. Some supervision of research
undergraduates and/or technicians assisting with lab experiments may be

PhD in marine ecology, ecological modeling, or other relevant field
Experience using and integrating diverse data and running models using R or
Experience or strong interest in developing mathematical models
Track record demonstrating a commitment to publishing research findings
Strong written and oral communication skills with significant motivation to
publish in the peer-reviewed literature
Strong interest in team-based interdisciplinary science, with the
willingness and ability to work independently when required

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and three professional references using
our online application portal. Screening of candidates will begin November
27, 2023, and the search will continue until the position is filled.

Individuals seeking more information about this position or needing to
request an accommodation, please contact careers at bigelow.org or (207)
315-2567, ext. 107.
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