Position open for a postdoctoral researcher

The Pinsky Lab at Rutgers University is hiring a postdoc on a four-year, National Science Foundation-funded project that examines the coupled responses of marine species and human communities to climate change using long-term ecological, social, and environmental datasets. This project’s goal is to understand how climate and fishing interact to affect the long-term distribution and sustainability of marine communities and the ecosystem services they support. The research has a focus on, but is not limited to, the continental shelves of the northeast U.S.

This postdoc will lead the analysis of ecological responses to the cumulative impacts of fishing and climate change, while also contributing to or leading interdisciplinary projects that integrate ecological, economic, and social understandings of climate adaptation. Co-PIs on the project include Simon Levin (Princeton), Bonnie McCay (Rutgers), Eli Fenichel (Yale), Kevin St. Martin (Rutgers), Mike Fogarty (NOAA), and Julie Olson (NOAA). The postdoc position will include extensive opportunities for collaboration with these and other partners.

**Background**
The patterns, geographic ranges, and capacities of fish species and fishing communities are changing in response to climate change at speeds that often surpass those of terrestrial systems. The project uses the tightly coupled social-ecological system of marine fisheries to explore the dynamics of rapid change, feedback, and adaptation within the system and in response to changing climate. The project aims to assess the dynamic distribution of fish species and fishing community territories across North American continental shelves, determine the impacts of climate change and fishing activities on these patterns, and understand how these changes interact with the choices and practices of fishing communities. To address such issues requires a committed interdisciplinary approach, and investigators include an ecologist, economist, anthropologist, geographer, theoretician, and
fisheries scientist. The research also integrates multiple research methodologies, including ecological and economic modeling and data analysis, qualitative GIS, and community-based interviews.

**Qualifications**
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in ecology or related field, a strong background in statistics, excellent written and oral communication abilities, a promising record of publication, and evidence of creativity and enthusiasm. Experience with Bayesian analysis is a strength. Experience with marine ecosystems is not required.

**Application process**
The position is open until filled. Interested candidates should send an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with a CV, two representative publications, and three references to Malin Pinsky (malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu). The position is open until filled.

 

Malin Pinsky
Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
USA

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Postdoctoral position in quantitative climate ecology

We are seeking an outstanding postdoc to study the responses of marine communities to climate change and climate velocity using long-term ecological and environmental datasets. The research will aim to quantify community change across North American continental shelves, determine the impacts of climate change and variability on these patterns, and understand how these factors alter the emergent properties of communities and food webs. Topics will include the processes of community assembly and disassembly, the appearance of non-analog communities, and changes in potential species interactions and food web dynamics. The research will build from an existing, four decade-long ecological dataset for the continental shelves of North America (e.g., Pinsky et al. 2013 Science) and will integrate statistical analysis with ecological modeling. There will also be opportunities to apply the research to conservation and applied fisheries questions through existing partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations.

**Qualifications**
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in ecology or related field, a strong background in statistics using R, excellent written and oral communication abilities, a promising record of publication, and evidence of creativity and enthusiasm.

**Application process**
Interested candidates should send an email describing their research interests and qualifications along with a CV and two representative publications to malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu. Strongly qualified applications will be encouraged to apply for the IMCS Postdoctoral Fellowship, due December 15, 2013 (http://marine.rutgers.edu/main/).

We’re looking for a lab tech!

Laboratory Researcher IV, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

The Pinsky Lab in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural
Resources is searching for an organized, enthusiastic, and skilled
individual to work as a population genomics technician in our new
research lab. We use population genetics and genomics to study the
ecology, evolution, and conservation of marine species around the
world.

The technician will assist the PI in managing the lab and conducting
research. Specific duties will include ordering and maintaining
equipment and supplies, processing genetic samples, preparing DNA and
RNA libraries for genotyping and next-generation sequencing,
performing basic data analysis, training students, and maintaining an
organized, safe, and productive laboratory environment. We offer an
exciting and interdisciplinary work environment, opportunities to be
involved in a wide range of ecological and evolutionary projects, and
the potential for co-authorship on scientific manuscripts.

Minimum Qualifications
– A bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field or an equivalent
combination of education and relevant experience in population
genetics, molecular biology, or molecular ecology
– Experience preparing reagents/buffers, gel electrophoresis, and PCR
– Exceptional organizational skills and strong ability to accomplish
tasks independently
– Ability to master detailed laboratory procedures
– Excellent communication and computer skills
– The ability to lift at least thirty pounds

Preferred Qualifications
– Previous experience working in a lab performing next-generation
sequencing, particularly on the Illumina platform
– Familiarity with scientific computing languages such as R, MATLAB,
Python, or Perl
– Knowledge of marine biology or ecology
– Master’s degree in a related scientific field will be
viewed positively

To apply, please visit the Rutgers University Jobs website
http://uhrapps.rutgers.edu/jobs/ and search for Posting #13-002239.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact
information for three (3) references. Please  highlight your previous
experience in the laboratory. Applications are due by September 18.
Interviews will occur in late September, and the position will ideally
begin in October.

This is a full-time position, initially appointed for a period of 12
months at a yearly salary of $39,229 – $44,000 (depending on
qualifications), plus benefits. The position can be extended for at
least one year depending on performance.

More information about the Pinsky lab can be found at
http://pinsky.marine.rutgers.edu. Please contact Malin Pinsky
(malin.pinsky@rutgers.edu) if you have any questions.