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Postdoctoral Scholar (OPS)

Florida State University
St. Teresa, FL
Closing date
Jul 10, 2021
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Job Details

Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar (OPS)
Location: St. Teresa, FL
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 49132

Florida State University's Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML)

The FSUCML is located on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico coast in a relatively undeveloped area of rich biodiversity. Diverse aquatic habitats are nearby, including freshwater floodplain swamps and marshes, salt marshes, mangroves, seagrass meadows, soft-sediment habitats, hard-bottom habitats dominated by coral and sponge communities, and oyster reefs. The FSUCML lies in Florida’s rural and beautiful “Forgotten Coast” yet is only one hour from the FSU main campus and its sophisticated research facilities in Tallahassee.

The mission of the FSUCML is to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research that contributes to solving ecological problems and providing the scientific foundation for informed policy decisions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be accessed at:


Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct research on the social-ecological dynamics of coastal systems under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Lester (Geography), Dr. Sandra Brooke (FSUCML), and Dr. Andrew Rassweiler (Biological Science). In particular, the postdoctoral scholar will conduct research on the human dimensions of ecosystem services associated with the Apalachicola River and Bay ecosystems, as part of the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI).

The postdoctoral scholar will have latitude to develop the research project in a direction aligned with their interests and expertise, but the broad goals of this position are to complement existing natural science research focused on understanding the functioning and restoration of the bay’s diverse habitats and to develop a more interdisciplinary understanding of ecosystem services (e.g., seafood provisioning, tourism, water purification, coastal protection, and biodiversity enhancement) in Apalachicola Bay. As one example, the postdoctoral scholar's research could focus on understanding the human value component of oyster reef ecosystem services in the Apalachicola Bay system, including the differences in value provided by wild oyster recovery versus oyster farming, by conducting community interviews and surveys and leveraging existing datasets.


The successful candidate should have earned their PhD by the start of the position in a relevant discipline (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology, Geography, Natural Resource Economics, Marine Science) and have interest and experience conducting interdisciplinary collaborative research.


A strong publication record commensurate with the applicant’s career stage and experience with grant-writing are preferred.

Other Information

This is a two year, full-time, fully funded position that includes health insurance and other benefits. There are also modest research and/or professional travel funds available. See FSU’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website for more information about postdoctoral scholar appointments and resources.

We anticipate the successful candidate will start the position in Fall 2021 and ideally no later than January 2022.

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

Learn more about our university and campuses.

Pay Plan

This is an OPS/temporary Job.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service. Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Applications should contain a cover letter, curriculum vita, a two-page narrative describing research experience and interests, and names for three references.

Affordable Care Act

OPS employees are covered under the Affordable Care Act. OPS employees who meet certain criteria will be offered affordable health care coverage. For more information on the Affordable Care Act, please visit the Benefits website and click on Employee Insurance Eligibility.

Tobacco Free Campus

Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University. This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employees, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals.


Working at Florida State University

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University — with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive — offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores — Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle — elite athletes and scholars committed to public service — and Joseph O'Shea — a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar — Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs — dance, film, music and theatre — rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—home to the world's most powerful magnets.

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