Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

Albatross foraging energetics in relation to wind variability: postdoctoral position available

A Postdoctoral Associate is required to work on an NSF-funded study by the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York, USA on albatross foraging energetics in relation to wind variability.

Grey-headed Albatross, photograph by Kirk Zufelt

Brief Description of Duties

The Senior Postdoctoral Associate will examine how oceanographic and atmospheric variability affect foraging habitat and energetics of albatrosses in the Southern Ocean.  Analyses will focus on albatross tracking, accelerometry data and satellite environmental data.  The incumbent will conduct field studies at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research station at Bird Island, South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur*) in collaboration with scientists at BAS, and will prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and will present at scientific conferences.  A strong candidate will have excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by prior peer-reviewed publications.  The selected candidate will need previous experience working at remote field sites.

The anticipated start is in summer** of 2019 and the position is open for applications until 9 February.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in biology, ecology, marine science or a related field.  Three years of experience in biology, ecology, marine science or related field.  Experience with advanced statistics.  Experience programming in R, Matlab or other statistical languages.  Experience handling and working with seabirds.  Current bird-banding license or the ability to obtain one within one year of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with the following: animal movement data, accelerometry data and satellite data. Two or more years of experience using advanced statistics.  Excellence in the field as demonstrated by relevant publications.  Prior experience writing proposals to attain external funding.

Further information can be found here.

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*A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (Islas Georgias del Sur y Islas Sandwich del Sur) and the surrounding maritime areas.

**Assumed Boreal summer

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