Post Doctoral Fellow

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Classification:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
Work type:Post Doc
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science
Location: Juneau
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applications for a two to three-year Post-Doctoral Fellow in nearshore marine ecology. The successful candidate will have an appointment with the Marine Biology Department to be part of a $20 million 5-year National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant that supports interdisciplinary research in the State of Alaska. The position will be located in Juneau, Alaska, and the candidate will have access to an array of coastal physical, chemical, biological, and environmental data from which to develop projects, proposals, and manuscripts.


100%The successful applicant will be expected to 1) integrate datasets across the two Coastal Margins study sites of Lynn Canal and Kachemak Bay that represent end-members of the Gulf of Alaska and 2) develop original research related to the themes of the Coastal Margins objectives using existing EPSCoR coastal data as well as potential additional data the candidate may want to collect to advance project goals and beyond. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to research capacity building within the University of Alaska system by developing proposals for external funding and publishing collaborative studies with other team members. The postdoctoral researcher will also help coordinate a field team to conduct ecological sampling at estuary sites along the Juneau road system. The postdoc will work in close coordination with the Coastal Margins PIs to assist with specific duties, including: conducting beach seining and intertidal surveys; assisting with permitting and permit reporting; deploying and maintaining HOBO-type sensors; and mentoring students. The post-doc will be expected to coordinate with EPSCoR leadership and the broader Coastal Margins team on data collection and sharing, and participate in EPSCoR Fire and Ice workshops, meetings, and planning.Essential

The project is titled “Fire and Ice: Navigating Variability in Boreal Wildfire Regimes and Subarctic Coastal Ecosystems.” The position will be located in Juneau, Alaska, and the candidate will have access to an array of coastal physical, chemical, biological, and environmental data from which to develop projects, proposals, and manuscripts. The Coastal Margins team consists of an interdisciplinary group of researchers and students with expertise in hydrology, geochemistry, ecology, marine biology, oceanography, fisheries, and microbiology.

A candidate with expertise in nearshore marine ecology is sought to play a collaborative role in the Fire and Ice project, as a member of the Coastal Margins team.


General knowledge of the relevant research related to the unit and sufficient relevant experience to contribute significantly to a specific project.
Experience in the use of computers and other appropriate equipment to conduct the research proposed.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Typical Experience:

PhD degree in a relevant discipline. A candidate with expertise in nearshore marine ecology.

Required Education or Training:

PhD degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries, or a related discipline at the time of hiring. A strong background in nearshore marine ecology, with evidence of publication and grantsmanship and expertise collecting and analyzing biological and environmental data and database building is necessary. Field experience collecting samples in intertidal/coastal systems and operating small boats; experience in field project coordination and management as well as crew supervision; and strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills are preferred.

Applicant Instructions:

To ensure consideration, please apply no later than October 4, 2020 by 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  Applications received after this time may not be considered.  Review of applications will begin on October 5, 2020.  This position will remain open until filled.

This is a full-time, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

The following are required for the application:

  • Current CV or resume that shows the applicant’s educational background, research and work experiences, publications and other scholarly activities
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three professional references

Salary Information:

Salary varies based on position and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

Please contact Dr. Brenda Konar, Associate Dean of Research/Director, Institute of Marine Science, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks with any questions regarding this position. You may also contact the University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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