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Position Available: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Fisheries Oceanography and Eastern Boundary Upwelling Ecosystems


The Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina, USA), is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join our interdisciplinary team exploring the responses of forage fish populations to the physical and biogeochemical variability associated with future climate change. Funded by the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program, the project goal is estimation of fisheries productivity given changes in upwelling intensity and seasonality, nutrient stoichiometry, acidification, and plankton production and composition.  The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for (1) developing models linking hydrographic, biogeochemical, and lower-trophic-level projections with forage-fish populations; (2) considering the consequences of changing forage fish availability to higher-trophic-level populations; and (3) collaborating with researchers exploring economic and management implications of changes in fisheries productivity, distribution, and demand.  Development and pursuit of personal research interests within fisheries oceanography will be encouraged and supported.

Qualifications:  Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in marine science or biological oceanography. 
Preferred qualifications include:  

  •     Proficiency in quantitative modeling and fluency in one or more computer programming languages 
  •     Interests in global ocean governance and policy, aquaculture, economics, biodiversity, and social issues
  •     Detailed knowledge of climate influence on marine ecosystems in upwelling areas
  •     Knowledge of the dynamics of small pelagic, planktivorous fish populations

Knowledge of atmospheric circulation and natural resource management is a plus.
Candidates should have demonstrated written and oral communication skills, knowledge of standard research-related statistical, graphing, and presentation software, and be able to work in an interdisciplinary team with oceanographers, biologists, economists and social scientists.

Start date:  The expected start date for the position is April 1, 2017 and will be based in at the University of South Carolina-Columbia campus.  The initial appointment is for 1 year, with the possibility of extension for an additional year.  Some international traveling for meetings with the Nereus Program partners and to attend conferences is expected.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications.  Benefits include health insurance, retirement, annual and sick leave.

Application:  Applicants should apply at (requisition #010998) and are required to submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 3 references with the application.  Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Ryan Rykaczewski (  Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received and continue until the position is filled.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.