Post-Doctoral Researcher Position: Developing Ocean Health Indices at UC Santa Barbara

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), UC Santa Barbara

A postdoctoral researcher is sought to work closely with Dr. Ben Halpern at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) as part of a large, multi-institution collaboration to develop and implement an Ocean Health Index (OHI; see below). There is guaranteed funding for 18 months and a commitment to find funding for an additional 18 months.

With support from a research assistant, the post-doctoral researcher will develop and test analytical approaches for (1) scaling and comparing indices relevant to ocean health across different regions and geographic scales, and (2) combining and/or reducing indices while preserving overall information about ocean health. S/he will also collaborate with the other post-doctoral researcher based at NCEAS to (3) conduct an extensive literature review to assess the state of indicator science (in general and in specific proposed locations) and (4) mine historical, empirical, and theoretical data sets to determine the quality and quantity of available data in specific locations. As part of the larger OHI team, s/he will communicate with the other project researchers to coordinate research projects and participate in project meetings, where appropriate.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Environmental Studies, Statistics, Oceanography, Geography or related fields and demonstrated experience with multivariate analyses. A strong quantitative background (e.g., experience with the statistical package R and/or SAS, collection and management of large databases, processing satellite data, GIS data analysis, and synthetic research) is a plus, and topical experience (e.g., familiarity with ecosystem modeling programs such as EcoSim and Atlantis, indicator science, and/or food web and ecosystem ecology) would be ideal. Must work well in a collaborative research environment.

Timeframe: 1.5 years guaranteed with additional 1.5 years likely, starting as soon as possible

To apply,: submit CV and cover letter to Ben Halpern (Halpern@nceas.ucsb.edu) by 08 February 2010.

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