Postdoctoral Associate- Natural Resources and The Environment
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DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES
CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca NY
POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate
STARTING DATE: July 1, 2021
LOCATION: Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14853
We are looking for a highly motivated person to work with a team of scientists at Cornell University (Rudstam, Watkins, Sethi) and the USGS Great Lakes Science Center (Esselman, Warner, O'Brien, Yule and others) to advance acoustic survey approaches and investigate spatial ecology of fish and invertebrates in Laurentian Great Lakes. This is a two year project, with potential for extension for additional years. The research will involve state of the art acoustics equipment deployed on autonomous underwater vehicles and Saildrones, as well as from traditional survey vessels. Together with the PIs, the incumbent will develop automated analysis procedures for large amounts of acoustic data, evaluate fish avoidance of survey vessels and the implications for fisheries assessment, and contribute to the development of the next generation automated survey techniques. Acoustic survey data will also be used to investigate questions about species distributions and associated food web interactions in the Great Lakes. The incumbent will be based at Cornell University in Ithaca, with periodic travel to the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor Michigan to interface with collaborators and participate in field data collections. Research 100%
The responsibilities of this position include:
1) analysis of acoustic data and development of automated scripts for analyzing large amount of data with existing software (Echoview, R, Python);
2) collaborate with USGS scientists on field data collection;
3) analysis of fish avoidance and biases associated with acoustics "dead" zones using the acoustic data; 4) presentation of results at scientific meetings and to regional management groups, and publications in the primary literature.
This position is an opportunity to be at the forefront of development and analysis of spatial fisheries data in the Great Lakes with implications for fisheries and aquatic ecology across the globe.
One year term position with renewal possible contingent on funding, performance, and available work.
Ph.D. in fisheries, ecology, marine biology, bioinformatics, limnology or related fields.
Strong quantitative background: ability to deal with large datasets using computational methods, proficiency in R or other applicable software packages, ability to develop scripts for R and Echoview, and statistical modeling.
Interest in fisheries, fisheries acoustics, aquatic ecology, and spatial ecology.
Evidence of ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
Willingness to perform both field research and laboratory analyses.
Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available.
We will begin reviewing applications on May 27th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
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