Lake Baikal: two-year postdoctoral fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellow - Lake Baikal: Dimensions of Biodiversity  A two-year postdoctoral fellowship position is available at the Dept of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College to co-lead a NSF-funded project on plankton biodiversity at Lake Baikal, Siberia.  

The goal of this multidisciplinary, multi-institutional project is to determine if the genetic and functional diversity of endemic plankton species will allow them to adapt and persist in a changing climate or whether they will be replaced by cosmopolitan species, which could have dramatic consequences for the entire ecosystem. Research on-site at Lake Baikal and at Wellesley College will quantify functional and taxonomic diversity of Baikal's zooplankton.  This project will be carried out in collaboration with Dr. Marianne V. Moore, Wellesley College, and other participating faculty and students at UC-Santa Barbara, Michigan State University, University of Texas, and East Tennessee State University.  In addition to pursuing the project's core research questions, the candidate will also have the flexibility to develop his or her own independent research project and the opportunity to form national and international collaborations.

Requirements:
 • Ph.D. in aquatic ecology or limnology
 • Strong quantitative skills
 • Experience culturing zooplankton and conducting field and laboratory
   experiments with plankton
 • Excellent scholarly achievement (publications)
 • Ability & motivation to work both independently and in an
   interdisciplinary team of USA & Russian scientists
 • Fluency in Russian is strongly encouraged.


A starting salary of $50,000 per year plus health and dental insurance will be provided.  Applicants should send a CV, a short statement of research interests and career goals, starting date availability, and the names and email addresses of three referees to Ms. Karin Thomason at Е-мейл адресът e защитен от спам ботове. .  Additional materials related to the candidate's research skills and experiences as well as samples of scholarly publications may also be submitted, but are not required. Review of applications will begin November 16, 2011 and continue until the position is filled.  Preferred start date is January 1, 2012, but the start date is negotiable.  Inquiries about this position may be sent to
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For a project abstract, see: [
http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=113665

 

]http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1136657
 


For more information about the history of this Russian-American
collaboration, see: [
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/science/earth/06lake.htm
 

]http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/science/earth/06lake.html
 


Several papers authored by members of this US-Russian collaboration: [
http://www.wellesley.edu/Biology/Faculty/Mmoore/publications.htm
 

]http://www.wellesley.edu/Biology/Faculty/Mmoore/publications.html
 

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