Postdoctoral Position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Syntheses of Biodiversity, Connectivity and Ecosystem Function Across the Clarion-Clipperton Zone

Postdoctoral Position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Syntheses of Biodiversity, Connectivity and Ecosystem Function Across the Clarion-Clipperton Zone

Project Overview
The postdoctoral scholar will work in the laboratory of Dr. Craig R. Smith within the project titled:
Ecosystem-wide survey of biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem function across the deep seafloor biome of the CCZ to help assess and manage the impacts of polymetallic nodule mining (DeepCCZ), funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and NOAA. This is an international study designed to survey and synthesize biological diversity and ecosystem functions across the abyssal Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) region targeted for manganese nodule mining (project PIs: Craig R. Smith, Jeffrey Drazen, Matthew Church, Thomas Dahlgren, Adrian Glover, Andrew Sweetman, Erica Goetze and Eric Vetter).
The postdoctoral scholar will work with project PIs to conduct a synthesis of patterns of biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem function on abyssal plains and seamounts across the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), particularly comparing areas protected from mining (APEIs) with nodule-exploration contract areas. Key postdoctoral activities will include: (1) collection and formatting of ecological and environmental data from the DeepCCZ project and from a broad range of scientists and ISA contractors working in the CCZ; (2) Statistical analyses of various data sets to address key questions related to patterns and drivers of seafloor biodiversity, biogeography, connectivity, and ecosystem function across the CCZ; (3) Helping to organize and conduct an international workshop in September-October 2019 to synthesize and summarize patterns of biodiversity/connectivity/ecosystem-function across the CCZ and identify major data gaps; (4) Help formulate scientific recommendations and write workshop reports concerning the representivity of the current network of APEIs across the region; (5) Lead the authorship of one or more publications in the peer-reviewed literature derived from the workshop. In addition, the postdoctoral scholar will have the opportunity to collaborate in a comparison of biodiversity assays from the western CCZ using eDNA techniques to more traditional seafloor imagery and collections of megafauna using ROVs.
Postdoctoral Opportunities and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will:
Contribute to data synthesis and analyses across the project, conducting community and diversity analyses with statistical software, including univariate and multivariate statistical approaches (e.g., using R, Primer 7, EstimateS, etc.).
Help in project coordination, planning, and logistics for the CCZ data-synthesis workshop.
Participate in data collection, formatting, and integration for the workshop to help generate a broad synthesis of biodiversity, species ranges, ecological connectivity and ecosystem function across the CCZ.
Lead a working group and synthesis effort for a key topic addressed in the CCZ data synthesis workshop.
Author/co-author project reports and peer-reviewed scientific papers, and present scientific results at project meetings and international scientific conferences/workshops.
Assist in public outreach concerning the project.
Minimum Qualifications
PhD degree in Biological Oceanography, Marine Biology, or a closely related scientific discipline.
Experience working with large data sets, and in conducting advanced statistical analyses with R or similar software.
Demonstrated ability to understand oral and written documentation, to network and organize interactions e.g., workshops) with scientific colleagues, to write reports, lead authorship of peer- reviewed scientific papers, and communicate effectively in a range of professional and public situations.
A track record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Additional Desirable Qualifications
Ocean-going experience onboard scientific research vessels, including prior involvement in deep- sea research expeditions.
Demonstrated ability to work with ROV and/or other oceanographic imaging equipment, and knowledge of sample processing and analyses while at sea.
Experience or ability to analyze seafloor imagery for megafaunal community studies (abundance, community structure, diversity) using image annotation software and statistical packages (e.g., R).
Stipend and Duration of Position
The stipend will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and is expected to be in the range of $68,000 - $70,000 US per year. The position will be funded initially for 16 months, with potential for an extension to 22 months, based on acceptable performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate will be expected to make a 16-month commitment.
Application
Consideration of applications will begin on January 20, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Apply by submitting a curriculum vitae and statement of research interests, experience, and career goals by email to Craig R. Smith, Moore Project Principle Investigator (craigsmi@hawaii.edu). Please provide the name, email address and phone number for three professional references. Appointment will begin on approximately March 1, 2019, or as soon as possible after that date. In addition, to allow quick tracking of applications, please put in the subject line of the application email: “Moore Biodiversity Synthesis Postdoctoral Application”.