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Ph.D. Assistantship, Reef Macroalgae Physiology/Ecology Ocean Acidification

Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Department of Biological Sciences

Description: PhD Research Assistant Positions (2) are available (beginning January 2015) in the Biological Sciences Department at FAU to work on reef macroalgal responses (physiological and ecological) to ocean acidification (OA) on an NSF-sponsored research project (see link below). The research goal is to elucidate fundamental mechanisms of inorganic carbon uptake by calcifying and fleshy tropical macroalgae under ocean carbonation, acidification and warming, along with their interactive effects with light. How specific mechanisms of algal photosynthesis and calcification change under ocean carbonation and a lower pH is critical to develop general predictions of OA effects on marine autotrophs and define “winners” and “losers” on coral reefs. The research focuses on tropical fleshy and calcified macroalgae that live close to their thermal limits and are not well studied. The experimental research will be conducted at the FAU Marine Lab located on a barrier island at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (see link below) in Boca Raton, Florida. The Center provides excellent outreach opportunities to educate the public about the research and OA effects on oceans, as over 100,000 visitors from around the world visit the center annually. Further, the PI is a mentor on an NSF supported Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant on Little Cayman Island at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI-see link below). This collaboration expands the students’ opportunities to conduct a portion of their dissertation research on tropical Caribbean reef macroalgae under relatively pristine conditions remote from anthropogenic sources of nutrients and elevated pCO2.

Expectations: It is anticipated that one PhD student will focus their dissertation research on C-use mechanisms in tropical macroalgae, while the other on linkages between photosynthesis and calcification under OA. The students will work together on integrating short-term physiological mechanistic studies into results from longer-term mesocosm growth experiments. Students will be encouraged to develop their own contemporary ideas and approaches within the scope of the project to transform our understanding of marine macroalgal physiological and ecological responses to elevated CO2, a field that is more than 30 years behind terrestrial CO2 plant research. Students with a passion for marine plants and their role in structuring tropical coral reefs are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a degree in botany, biology, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, ecology or closely related field. MS graduates preferred. Preference will be given to students with degrees focused on the marine sciences, diving and boat handling experience, knowledge of microscopy and physiology, and those with excellent communication and writing skills. Must be able to work independently and have leadership qualities to assist in the mentoring of undergraduate honor students at FAU and CCMI.

Application: Please email statement of interest (including career goals), CV, copies of transcripts and GRE scores, and contact information for yourself and three references to: Dr. Marguerite Koch (mkoch@fau.edu) (see lab links below). FAU offers a PhD in Integrative Biology with a diversity of Marine Science faculty, including those at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI-see link below).

PI Information: Dr. Koch’s (PI) research focuses on physiological/ecological responses of tropical macroautotrophs to stress leading to her current interest in climate change effects on marine macroalgae (see links below). She has an experimental approach to research questions and her work is published in top international journals. Dr. Bowes (Co-PI UF), an internationally known expert on photosynthesis, photorespiration, and ecophysiology in algae and terrestrial plants, will serve an advisory role on the project and on the PhD students’ committees. Dr. Zhang, (Co-PI FAU) is a plant molecular biologist and will assist students in molecular and physiological laboratory techniques.

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Diatom Analyst

Job Overview: The Phycology Section of the ANSP has an immediate need for a Diatom Analyst to analyze samples of diatom algae collected from throughout the US to identify specimens and to record the number of each; document taxa with digital images and perform QA/QC analyses; analyze count data to assess of ecosystem conditions; manage projects; and prepare papers, reports and proposals.

Qualifications: Master's degree is required with 1-2 years experience. A strong interest and background in diatom taxonomy is necessary. Familiarity with use of diatoms as water quality indicators and related data analysis skills are highly desirable. Organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to write clearly are also important.

Applications can be submitted at www.drexeljobs.com Select “Search Postings” from the menu on the right-hand pane. Type “Diatom” in the search box on the Search Postings page. If you have questions about the position, contact Don Charles (charles@ansp.org).

Responsibilities and duties include:


Assistant Professor of Quantitative Plant Biology

The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University seeks an individual for a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month assistant professor position beginning August 15, 2015. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an outstanding, externally funded research program in any area of quantitative plant biology. Individuals with experience in plant biology and statistical analysis are invited to apply. The ideal candidate should have considerable experience in statistical or quantitative analysis of plant processes or interactions. The candidate should have a strong organismal background but could work on a variety of research problems in plant biology with the overarching methodology being a quantitative or statistical approach using R programming. The candidate should be willing to interact with faculty in one or more of the department’s four research focus groups: Plant Cell Wall Biotechnology, Evolutionary Plant Developmental Biology, Phylogenetic Systematics, and Eastern Deciduous Forest Ecology. Primary teaching responsibilities are anticipated to include graduate and undergraduate courses in biostatistics (univariate and multivariate) as well as contributing to core Plant Biology courses. The successful candidate should be committed to teaching undergraduates and developing a vigorous research program that involves undergraduates as well as M.S. and Ph.D. students. The Department of Environmental and Plant Biology (http://www.plantbio.ohiou.edu/) currently consists of 13 full-time faculty, 30 graduate students, and 75 undergraduate majors. Further information about Ohio University can be found at the University’s Web site: http://www.ohio.edu. Minimum Qualifications: PhD in plant biology, or biology with an emphasis on plants, or a related field, postdoctoral experience, and proficiency with R programming. Preferred: 1-2 years postdoctoral work using quantitative plant biology and evidence of teaching effectiveness. We seek a candidate with a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Ohio University is an EEO/AA Employer.

To apply, complete and submit an online application (www.ohiouniversityjobs.com) and attach required documents (CV, cover letter, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests/goals, 3 publications representative of your research, contact information for 3 references, and unofficial transcripts for the PhD).

Please direct questions to Dr. Morgan Vis, Department Chair, vis-chia@ohio.edu. Applications will be accepted through October 26, 2014. Interviews tentatively scheduled for January 2015.


Plant Biologist

The Department of Botany at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater (http://botany.okstate.edu) seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Plant Biology to begin August 2015. The ideal candidate will address fundamental questions in biology with a focus on plants, and will complement or build upon departmental strengths in cell and molecular biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology. The successful applicant will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching and mentoring, and is expected to build an innovative externally-funded research program. Ph.D. in plant biology or related field is required; postdoctoral experience is desired. Submit application to mary.kendall@okstate.edu. In a single pdf, include cover letter, CV, statements of research accomplishments and future objectives, teaching philosophy and goals, and contact information for at least four references. Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until position is filled, contingent upon available funding. Contact information: Linda Watson, linda.watson10@okstate.edu, 405-744-5559. http://botany.okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University is an AA/EEO/E-Verify employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. OSU-Stillwater is a tobacco-free campus.


Freshwater Algal Taxonomist

EnviroScience, Inc. is looking for a full time Diatom-Algal Taxonomist. This position involves Identification and enumeration of freshwater periphyton and phytoplankton. Analysis of samples will include documentation of specimens, quality assurance/quality control, and the management of data to ensure taxonomic consistency among analysts and laboratories. A completed four year degree in the Biological Sciences or related field is required. Three to five years of experience analyzing algal samples is preferred, as well as a background in freshwater algal taxonomic literature and concepts.

Applicants will be considered based on skills in freshwater algal taxonomy, chlorophyll-a extraction, diatom slide preparation, biomass calculation, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), field sampling, database management, and lab protocol and safety practices

Salary will be negotiated based on experience and qualifications. We encourage minority applicants and are an equal opportunity employer. Please send cover letter and CV to humanresources@EnviroScienceInc.com with Diatom-Algal Taxonomist followed by your name in the subject line.

EnviroScience, Inc. is recognized as a leader in environmental consulting, ecological restoration, marine services, and biomonitoring in freshwater systems throughout the USA and Canada. Comprehensive Benefits package. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Apply here: http://www.EnviroScienceInc.com/


Alpine Lakes - Graduate Student Fellowships

UC Riverside

The Department of Environmental Sciences at UC Riverside is seeking graduate students to work on NSF-sponsored investigations of paleolimnology, aquatic ecology and isotope biogeochemistry of Sierra Nevada lakes. This work builds on the more than 30-year record of limnological and watershed research conducted at Emerald Lake in Sequoia National Park (http://ccb.ucr.edu/emeraldlake/index.html). These fellowships (MS and Ph.D) include a monthly stipend, full tuition and fees and funds to conduct research.

Education and experience � An MS or BS degree in aquatic ecology, hydrology, limnology, or similar discipline is required. Experience in aquatic ecology, paleolimnology and stable isotopes desired. Candidates must have the ability to work at remote field sites. Applicants should e-mail, in a single pdf file, to Dr. James Sickman at UC Riverside (jsickman@ucr.edu): i) a cover letter describing their education, research experience and career goals, ii) a CV and iii) list of references including contact information.


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