Postdoctoral position in otolith chemistry

Position Title:
Postdoctoral Fellow
Position duration:
One year with option for renewal
Yearly salary:
Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, Texas –

Purpose of the Position:  Conduct independent research in marine fish migration ecology using geochemical signatures in biogenic structures.

Essential Functions: 1) Conduct independent research projects dealing with marine fish migratory ecology through the analyses of geochemical signatures in hard parts such as otoliths and scales. 2) Obtain extramural funding for such projects. 3) Participate in ongoing research projects supervised by Dr. Benjamin Walther and conducted by graduate students at the Marine Science Institute. Existing projects on migratory dynamics and estuarine residency patterns of species including southern flounder, Atlantic tarpon and common snook are available for the postdoctoral fellow to pursue.  The successful applicant will also be encouraged to develop their own independent research ideas on alternative species and systems.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. degree or equivalent and a strong record of research accomplishments (including publications and/or grants). Successful candidate will be expected to conduct independent research on migratory fish ecology and assist in supervision of ongoing projects. Licenses:  Class “C” Operator’s Driver’s License. Applicant must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver’s License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates competent in analytical methods that quantify geochemical signatures in otoliths and/or scales, including laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IR-MS). Candidates that are proficient in quantitative analysis of time series data and multivariate statistics are preferred. Successful grantsmanship and polished writing and presentation skills are desirable.

To Apply: Submit (1) curriculum vitae (2) names and addresses of three references willing to write confidential letters of recommendation and (3) a short statement of career goals and interests (1-2 pages). All materials should be emailed as a single pdf document to: with “PostDoc Application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 15, 2011 and continue until position is filled.

Working Conditions:  Exposure to all weather conditions. Exposure to extreme temperatures. Exposure to chemical fumes. Exposure to standard office conditions. Exposure to chemicals. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Use of manual dexterity. Climbing of stairs. Lifting and moving. Position is security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected. The retirement plan for this position is Optional Retirement Program, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

Background check conducted on applicant selected. The University of Texas at Austin is an equal opportunity employer.

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