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Post-doctoral Researcher in Assessment of Marine Habitats in Support of Fisheries Management and Habitat Conversation, Monmouth University, New Jersey (USA):  The post-doctoral associate will conduct research with the Urban Coastal Institute (UCI) and scientists at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. and the NOAA Fisheries Habitat Ecology Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Sandy Hook, N.J. The research will support the development of a Northeast Regional Marine Habitat Assessment (NRHA). The NRHA is a collaboration of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and multiple fisheries management organizations, federal and academic researchers. The purpose of the NRHA is to describe and characterize estuarine, coastal, and offshore fish habitat distribution, abundance and quantity using a partnership driven approach. UCI Director Tony MacDonald is a member of the NRHA Steering Committee.  It is expected that the post-doctoral associate will engage with the NRHA project teams and conduct investigations to assess habitat suitability for key marine fish and shellfish species in the changing environment of the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem. Similar work is currently being performed by the NOAA staff in Sandy Hook, using GAM and MaxEnt modeling approaches. The post-doctoral associate will continue to use these models, refine them to meet management and research priorities, and may introduce new modeling approaches. The research will support the NRHA, as well as provide information to designate essential fish habitat (EFH) for Fishery Councils, and support federal EFH assessments and EFH consultations (i.e., better data, better synthesis, more specific habitat information, finer scale information). The work will also aim to identify what habitat areas are rare, sensitive, vulnerable, or are uniquely important to ecosystem function. This will help NOAA and other federal agencies to prioritize consultations and conservation actions, and develop programs to incorporate ecosystem principles into fisheries management, habitat conservation and ensure sustainable fisheries.  It is expected that the incumbent will play a key role to facilitate communications between the model developers and users, as well the North East and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal representatives. The incumbent serve as liaison between the modelers at Sandy Hook and the NRHA, as well as the Regional Fishery Councils, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission., and the state Regional Ocean Partnerships The researcher will participate as a member of the NRHA Project Teams and support outreach to NRHA collaborators, fishery management organizations in the Northeast by presenting results from the modeling simulations, discussing broader implications with fisheries management and by assisting the Monmouth University and NOAA Fisheries scientists to focus investigations to best meet sustainable management and habitat conservation needs. The outreach may also extend to non-fisheries management organizations particularly in relation to protected species, habitat restoration, aquaculture and renewable energy.  Anticipated products from the research include, but are not limited to, maps of species-suitable benthic and pelagic habitats, seasonally important areas or seascapes (e.g., spawning, upwelling areas, etc.), and ‘hotspot’ areas important to multiple species/guilds. Also of importance will be information and data tables linking species use of these habitats for all life stages, groups and guilds of species associated with specific habitats, and other important characteristics. Characterization and mapping should also be coordinated with and inform management and decision-making with respect to multiple ocean uses, including efforts of regional ocean partnerships and ocean data portals. Relevant professional presentations, publications and development of grant proposals to support continued research are expected as well.  The research associate will be based at Monmouth University and have access to and use of facilities at the NOAA Sandy Hook research lab as needed to support collaborative research. The incumbent will work with Monmouth University faculty to identify opportunities to engage undergraduates in research or outreach efforts, and present lectures and other classroom-based presentations. Monmouth University and the NOAA Fisheries Habitat Ecology Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Sandy Hook, N.J currently have a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. There may also be teaching opportunities subject to agreement between the research associate and the relevant University Department.  For more information,  https://jobs.monmouth.edu/postings/9368 or  contact Tony MacDonald, Director of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, [email protected] and Dr. Thomas Noji, [email protected]. (posted 7/3/18)

Post-doc research fellow in Neuroethology of bivalves, IFREMER, France: We are seeking a candidate for a 18-month postdoctoral opportunity at Ifremer, in the PFOM unit - LPI (Physiology of Invertebrates) laboratory which conducts research on the understanding of the main physiological functions (e.g. feeding, growth, reproduction) in commercial marine bivalves, and on the impacts of environmental changes, such as ocean acidification, on these functions.  The laboratory is part of the joint research group (UMR) 6539 LEMAR (CNRS/UBO/IRD/Ifremer) which gathers biologists, chemists, bio-geochemists for the understanding and modelling of marine ecosystems and to define the organismal responses in interaction with its environment.  The project will aim to highlight the neurochemical regulatory networks of settlement and metamorphosis in the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas; and to evaluate the consequences of co-occuring environmental stressors: ocean acidification and emerging pollutant (pharmaceutical residuals) release in the coastal environment, on the success of this pelago-benthic transition. To achieve this goal, neuro-physiological (e.g. localization, levels and turnover of neuroactive compounds, neuroactive compound-receptor gene profiling), behavioural (swimming) and sensorial (settlement response when facing a predation risk) responses of larvae will be investigated.  The candidate will be required to have a good zootechnical abilities working with aquatic/marine organisms, and particularly of larval rearing in controlled conditions. He/she will also demonstrate a strong expertise in animal neuro-physiology and/or neuro-ethology. Excellent knowledge of immunohistochemistry (e.g. in toto staining, localization of neuromediators) and molecular techniques (such as qRT-PCR, in situ hybridization, western blot analysis) will be essential.
Research experience in ocean acidification or ecotoxicological studies, and/or knowledge of marine bivalves’ ecology and/or ecophysiology will be appreciated, but not essential.
  The successful candidate will have to be an independant and motivated researcher to conduct the in vivo experiments, analyze the results including statistical analyses (e.g. linear model analysis) and write up in the form of high quality scientific articles for publication. Oral presentations to various audiences including scientists, policy makers, professionals and the general public could also be asked.
Dynamism and good organizational skills for work are needed to conduct this work in a bi-located laboratory (Laboratory of Physiology of Invertebrates LPI-Ifremer at Argenton for larval exposure, and behavioural analyses ; at Plouzané for molecular/biochemical analyses). As the laboratory is part of the UMR LEMAR 6539, the successful candidate will join a vibrant and productive group of researchers and we expect him/her to interact with all the colleagues at IUEM and at the Ifremer Centre (Technopôle Brest-Iroise). The ability to communicate in English, and/or in French, is strongly desirable. The appointment will be made subject to the usual terms and conditions of employment of Ifremer. In addition, the applicant must have spent at least 12 months abroad over the last three years (from end of May 2017) and defended his/her PhD thesis less than 6 years ago. The hiring date is expected as soon as possible (on October 1st, 2018 at the latest).  For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Carole Di Poi : [email protected]  Interested candidates should provide: (1) a cover letter indicating past research experience, scientific interests, and motivation for the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for 3 references. Applications should be sent directly to [email protected] with « SELPHYC post-doc application » as the email subject. 
The application should be received by July 20, 2018. (posted 6/25/18)

Supervisory Marine Habitat Resource Specialist, Silver Spring, MD (USA): This position is located in the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC) and is for one vacancy located in Silver Spring, MD.  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) administers NOAA’s program to manage living marine resources for commercial and recreational use. The program provides services and products to support fisheries management operations; international fisheries affairs; fishery development, trade, and industry assistance activities; protected resources and habitat conservation operations; and the scientific and technical aspects of NOAA’s marine fisheries resource programs.  An opportunity is available to join the NOAA Restoration Center, a division of the Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC) within NMFS. The Restoration Center (RC) is responsible for protecting, restoring, and promoting responsible stewardship of the nation’s coastal, marine, and migratory fish habitat.  The Restoration Center’s core focus areas include national policy approaches for coastal wetlands, deep and shallow corals, essential fish habitat, and hydropower and fish passage. In addition, work is conducted with other NOAA programs and external partners including non-governmental organizations, states, Tribes, local governmental agencies, regional fishery management councils and other federal agencies to protect living marine resources and habitat, which directly support the nation’s communities and economy.  This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.  The ZP-5 is equivalent to the GS-15.   This position is also announced under vacancy number NMFS-HC-2018-0004, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both. For more information and to apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501018800.  (posted 5/31/18)

Post-Doctoral Position - NOAA/NMFS laboratory Milford, CT (USA):  The NOAA NMFS laboratory located in Milford, CT has a post-doctoral position available through the National Academics of Science Engineering Medicine Research Associateship Program.  The Milford Laboratory was founded in 1932 and is known internationally for their research on shellfish aquaculture. Aquaculture has grown in the United States, with approximately 50% of all seafood produced from human consumption coming from aquaculture. In the last decade, increase ocean acidification could become a problem for aquaculture hatcheries in the United States, which may affect shellfish growth, survival, and our food supply.  A post-doc position has become available to conduct modeling with laboratory studies of ocean acidification in a bivalve aquaculture hatchery on the East Coast of the United States.  The post-doc researcher will be responsible for developing a Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) model for the eastern oysters in a hatchery environment.  The researcher will be working with a shellfish hatchery to obtain realistic hatchery numbers (carrying capacity, current environmental conditions, feeding rates, and growth rates) to build the model.  The model should be something that hatcheries will find useful in their everyday operations, by providing guidance on how to respond to changes in the water carbonate chemistry (be it to increase food, buffer, or decrease stocking densities).  Model work will be combined with experiments at the hatchery to validate the model results, as necessary.  This project will require strong modeling skills, preferably in DEB modeling and working with the East Coast Shellfish Industry, academic partners, and other government agencies.  The position and how to apply can be found at http://nrc58.nas.edu/RAPLab10/Opportunity/Opportunity.aspx?LabCode=26&ROPCD=260353&RONum=B8575.  Briefly the NRC positon deadline is August 1st 5pm, all applicants should submit their application by that time period by following the instructions located at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/RAP/PGA_046398.  The NRC positions come with a stipend, health benefits, and travel to scientific meetings. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the position or how to apply. (posted 5/18/18)