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Postdoctoral Researcher Position

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Apr 18 2018

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Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University


The Crowder Lab at Hopkins Marine Station and the INOGO Project in the Stanford Woods Institute of the Environment is searching for a Postdoctoral Researcher to assist on a new project in Pacific Costa Rica. The project is focusing on habitat and movements of pelagic fishes relative to fixed and dynamic ocean features, with particular interest in the role of climate variability. We will work with local fishermen and charter operators to place satellite tags on blue marlin, sailfish and possibly other oceanic pelagic predators. This four year project will begin with satellite tagging and subsequently develop ecological niche models in support of Dynamic Ocean Management. Skills required include experience satellite tagging, acquiring and analyzing movement data, integrating remotely sensed oceanographic data, and developing models of animal locations and movements based on environmental features. Our goal is to understand these dynamics to better manage these fisheries and to reduce bycatch in industrial fisheries. The position will be based at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California. The successful candidate will initiate projects and partnerships with Costa Rican and US agencies, and collaborators from academia and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The applicant must be able to: develop relationships with fishermen and managers, tag pelagic predators, analyze data, write code, perform advanced statistics and data analysis, and summarize scientific findings in the form of written manuscripts and oral presentations. Responsibilities also include serving as primary and co-author on peer reviewed manuscripts, helping write project reports for funding agencies, and co-writing grant proposals to continue and develop new projects. The selected candidate will be collaborating with scientists and managers from Costa Rica, postdoctoral researchers, students, NOAA scientists and Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers.


RANK:  Postdoctoral Researcher

SALARY: Minimum salary $53,406 + Stanford Benefits, commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. in Oceanography, Ecology, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Statistics, or Computer Science; experience working with oceanographic and/or ecological datasets; knowledge of oceanography, ecology, and/or marine ecosystem dynamics. Proficiency in written and oral Spanish (sufficient to coordinate with local partners).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience developing and ideally leading research analyses; experience with analytical software packages (e.g. R, MatLab, ArcGIS, Python) and statistical analysis of spatial and temporal data. Experience with regional ocean/ecosystem modeling and/or knowledge of multivariate statistics or Bayesian statistics. Fluency in written and oral Spanish highly recommended.

POSITION AVAILABLE: As early as June 1, 2018 (negotiable).

TERM OF APPOINTMENT:  Initial appointment is for 1 year with the potential for renewal. Reappointment will be based on a review to assess performance. Reappointment is also contingent upon availability of funding.

TO APPLY:  Applications must include a letter of application that addresses how you meet the basic and preferred qualifications, a curriculum vitae, one to three writing samples (of published material), and the names and contact information for at least three individuals who we could contact for letters of recommendation. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.  Please submit to

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2018. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete by this date.  The position will remain open until filled.


Stanford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.