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Monday, March 23, 2009

Zooplankton Researcher

Zooplankton Eoclogists seem to be in demand this year!
First was the Zooplankton Postdoc at VIMS, now comes a research position for a Zooplankton Ecologist or Biological Oceanographer with an M.S. degree (or a B.S. and good experience!) at the University of Washington in the lab of Dr. Julie Keister.
The highlights of the position announcement include:

Zooplankton Ecologist / Biological Oceanographer
University of Washington, School of Oceanography

A full-time position is available for an energetic, motivated individual to focus on the ecology of mesozooplankton in Puget Sound and the Washington coastal upwelling zone. Sampling at sea on a regular basis from small and large research vessels, microscope enumeration of preserved and live zooplankton samples and culturing and experimental measurement of vital rates and effects of ocean acidification on living zooplankton.

Duties will include:
  • Microscope identification of preserved zooplankton samples
  • Collection of zooplankton samples from the field/at sea
  • Culturing plankton and conducting multi-week laboratory experiments on zooplankton
  • Assisting with data analysis, writing, and presentation of results

Minimum qualifications:
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications
  • M.S. preferred (will accept B.S./B.A. with equivalent experience) in a marine science such as oceanography, zoology, fisheries.
  • Experience with microscope identification of organisms
  • Experience with sea-going research/sampling
  • Flexibility and availability to be at sea or in the field for 4+ weeks per year
  • U.S. citizenship, valid driver license, ability to obtain a passport, and ability to meet NOAA’s civilian seagoing medical requirements.

Desired qualifications:
  • Experience with identification and enumeration of pelagic marine zooplankton to species and developmental stage (especially copepods and other crustaceans).
  • Experience culturing or carrying out experiments on living zooplankton.
  • Experience with field collection of samples using a variety of plankton nets or MOCNESS (depth-stratified) collection system.
  • Experience writing and publishing research results.
  • Strong statistical and quantitative skills.
  • Experience with databases (especially of Microsoft Access) and MatLab or other programming language.

The complete announcement, with the application process, is at the University of Washington's HR pages, job number 53143.

1 comment:

  1. I do flunk one, but pretty big, requirement. :D

    To put it in the words of Bending B. Rodriguez, "Next year in Jerusalem!".


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