HBOI Postdoctoral Fellow in Microscale Ocean Biophysics

Job location: Harbor Branch (HBOI)

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-07-20
Req: REQ10752
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Position Summary:

Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is seeking a HBOI Postdoctoral Fellow in Microscale Ocean Biophysics, Fort Pierce, FL.

With over 30,000 students from all 50 states and over 180 countries, 21 intercollegiate teams, 180 plus degree programs, and an administration that thrives on discovery and excellence, FAU is pushing the boundaries of higher education. Florida Atlantic's faculty and staff are trailblazers and innovators with a passion for finding creative solutions while advancing science, art, and technology in all disciplines. Our work environment is a hub of cultures from across the nation and the world, making FAU a place where collaboration flourishes.

The postdoc will have the opportunity to work on one or more closely related projects at the interface of fluid dynamics, physical/biological oceanography, plankton ecology and optics, with the primary focus on characterizing marine particle and plankton flow interactions in laboratory settings as well as diverse freshwater/marine environments. They will be expected to participate in research activities using lab/field based optical systems for fluid, particle and/or plankton imaging, data acquisition/analysis, and developing data post-processing routines.

Individual projects in which the postdoc might participate include: (a) Lab-based experiments characterizing the interaction of different phytoplankton species with turbulence; (b) Field experiments using a novel holographic imaging system for harmful algal bloom research; and/or (c) Characterizing spatial distributions of particles/plankton in the water column and exploring phenomena such as ‘thin layers’.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD degree from an accredited institution in Oceanography, Engineering, Physics or Optics, or a related field is required to be completed prior to starting the position.

Graduate students close to defending their dissertation and/or current postdocs looking for a new opportunity are both encouraged to apply.

A strong experimental background in fluid mechanics, marine ecology, optics, or instrument development is required.

Candidates demonstrating a background in digital holography/other plankton imaging systems, turbulence measurements or particle/phytoplankton-flow interactions will preferred.

Experience with conceptualizing and designing experiments and executing projects individually or as part of a team.

Proficiency with MATLAB.

Experience with writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal publications and presenting work at international conferences.

Experience with field work is preferred. Must be willing to participate in future field endeavors.



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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute


Harbor Branch (HBOI)

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website ( by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents.

The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references (include name, company, email and phone number), and copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format. A research statement is also preferred.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application. If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into one attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.

Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to one's application as with other US-based transcripts.

Prior to appointment, the candidate must submit official, sealed transcripts from all institutions where graduate coursework was attempted, whether or not a degree was obtained, as well as an original NACES evaluation, if applicable. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University not to you as the student.

A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.

Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

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