Post Doctoral Associate in the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University (ODU) Norfolk, VA, United States


The Old Dominion University’s Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmosphere sciences invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate to work with Dr. Richard Zimmerman and Dr. Victoria Hill. Applicant will work on a NASA-funded project to evaluate the use of high spatial resolution multispectral imagery for near coastal environments including seagrass meadows and kelp forests, as well as marginal ice zones in the Arctic Ocean. Opportunity exists to participate in other projects involving carbon cycling in coastal environments, ecosystem modeling and ecological physiology of aquatic macrophytes, phytoplankton and ice algae. Applicant must have a Ph.D. in oceanography or a related discipline completed by the time of appointment, with strong mathematical skills. Interests in remote sensing and GIS is a plus. Highest priority will be given to applicants with experience in ocean color remote sensing, marine bio-optics and GIS, as well as programming knowledge of MATLAB®, IDL®, python, R, Fortran and/or C++. Ability to work with multiple PI’s and students in a collaborative environment is imperative. The successful candidate will be an employee of the Old Dominion University Research Foundation, entitled to employee benefits applicable to Post-Doctoral full-time status employees including health care. The position is currently funded for one year, with possibility of annual renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. Review of applications will begin immediately; the position is available 2 January 2019 and will remain open until filled. This is not a state funded position.

Job Responsibilities:
The postdoctoral experience provides individuals who have recently completed a doctoral degree with a full-time program of advanced academic preparation and research training under the guidance of a supervising faculty mentor. Postdoctoral appointments are temporary by nature and are designed to develop the postdoctoral scholar as an independent scientist and to enhance their professional skills in academia. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are typically subject to the availability of funds and are not eligible for layoff or recall status.

  1. Data collection, processing and analysis.
  2. Assists faculty researchers and other collaborators, or may act independently, in planning and designing research experiments; establishing priorities and recommending schedules, time tables and costs.
  3. Presentation of project results to internal and external parties.
  4. Operates specialized scientific equipment.
  5. Performs statistical, spatial and optical analyses, including selecting the appropriate procedures, preparing data for analysis, judging validity and reliability of data, designing and writing programs to perform analyses, and producing written reports on the result of the analyses.
  6. Effectively uses available technology to facilitate the success of the project.
  7. Liaisons with other departments, outside collaborators, and others to ensure success of project.
  8. Engages in fieldwork and writing of technical publications and reports.
  9. May supervise classified staff, graduate assistants, or student employees.

10.May be responsible for training staff, graduate assistants, or student employees.

  1. Other duties, as assigned.

Applicants are asked to send a curriculum vitae, a statement of research experience and interests, and the names and contact information (phone, e-mail and address) of three references to Refer to position 18-062. AA/EOE/M/F/Disability/VETS/Drug Free.

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