Postdoc position in hydrothermal vents at Penn State

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Pennsylvania State University, USA are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to work on a newly funded NSF project, with ship and ROV support provided by the Schmidt Ocean Institute. The project will include using photomosaics and spatially explicit in situ chemistry measurements analyzed within a GIS framework to examine the patterns and tempo of change in hydrothermal vent communities on the Eastern Lau Spreading Center. We will be re-visiting study sites established in 2005 and 2006, and last visited in 2009 (see Podowski et al., 2010. MEPS 418: 25-45.and Sen et al. 2014. L & O 59: 1510-1528). The successful candidate will work primarily with the Fisher lab group in the Biology Department at Penn State University, but also with collaborating labs at Harvard (Girguis), WHOI (Seewald and Beinhert), and Lemont Doherty (Ferrini). The successful candidate will be encouraged to conduct additional research in related areas of their choosing, utilizing data and samples collected during a research cruise to the region in early spring of 2016. There will also be opportunities to participate in ongoing deep-sea coral research projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The position requires a PhD degree in biology or an appropriate field, with experience using imagery to address ecological questions, preferably in the deep sea. Willingness to go to sea is a requirement, and GIS and seagoing experience beneficial. Feel free to contact Dr. Charles Fisher ( ) for more information about the project. A complete application will include a current CV, a cover letter describing your research qualifications and interests, and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with the possibility of re-funding. The successful candidate should be prepared to move to State College Pennsylvania and start work within two months of January 1, 2016 . Apply at:

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