Postdoctoral position: effects of submarine groundwater discharge on coral reefs

We seek to hire a postdoctoral researcher to work collaboratively with Dr. Craig Nelson (Department of Oceanography and Hawai?i Sea Grant) and Dr. Megan Donahue (Hawai?i Institute of Marine Biology) on a NSF Funded Project, collaborative with Dr. Nyssa Silbiger at California State University,
Northridge. The project seeks to define the biogeochemical context and ecological impacts of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) on coral reefs.
The incumbent will work between the Center for Microbial Oceanography:
Research and Education and the Hawai?i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai?i at M?noa in Honolulu, O?ahu, HI.
The researcher will primarily lead field experiments in Mo’orea, French Polynesia to determine how SGD influences individual to ecosystem processes in reef habitats. Field experiments will examine distributions, growth and physiology of coral and macroalgae, both planktonic and host-associated
microbiome structure, and rates of ecosystem processes such as herbivory, primary production, calcification, and bioerosion. The researcher will also assist in ongoing efforts to characterize groundwater dynamics in coral reefs and the benthic and microbial planktonic communities associated with SGD as well as synthesis and statistical modeling efforts to predict the direct and indirect effects of SGD on coral reef ecosystem processes.
Minimum qualifications are a PhD in ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental microbiology or related fields and evidence of scientific productivity in the form of one or more peer-reviewed publications. Ability and willingness to travel for long periods (weeks to months) to French Polynesia are a job
requirement. Evidence of strong science writing and communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team, and experience mentoring undergraduate or graduate students are additional desirable qualifications. The ideal candidate will have a background in marine ecology as it intersects with geochemistry, ecosystem science, or microbiology. Experience in one or more of the approaches used in this project is preferred, including but not limited to fieldwork in coastal
ecosystems (including SCUBA and/or boating experience), carbonate biogeochemistry, coral reef organismal physiology, groundwater sampling, or microbial genomics.
The researcher will be expected to carry out a portion of the work outlined in our grant and will be encouraged to develop studies within their specific area of interest as they relate to coral reef ecosystem science.
Pay will be $50,000 annually (plus benefits), start date is somewhat flexible (ideally in early 2020), and appointment is for one year with the possibility to extend for an additional 1-2 years provided acceptable
progress and funding availability.
Interested parties should email Craig Nelson (, Megan Donahue (, and Nyssa Silbiger ( with the following information: (i) a current CV; (ii) a cover letter outlining how you meet the minimum criteria, your
background relevant to the project, and how your background fits the additional selection criteria mentioned above; and (iii) contact info for 3 references.
Review of applications will begin 15 November 2019.  A formal application to the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii must be received no later than 30 November 2019.  To apply, go to, click on Job Postings, and search for position 19557.
Researchers that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields are highly encouraged to apply.
Nyssa Silbiger, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge,CA 91330-8303
website: http:// <>
Twitter: @NSilbiger
Tel: (818) 677 – 4427
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