Dec 6 2017

Job Opportunities: Ph.D. graduate research assistantship and postdoctoral researcher

The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is offering a Ph.D. graduate research assistanship in stream fish ecology and a postdoctoral researcher position in freshwater ecology and habitat modeling. 

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship in Stream Fish Ecology

University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Responsibilities – Funds are expected to support a Ph.D. student to investigate the effects of fire in boreal watersheds through empirical studies focused on characterizing physical and biological mechanisms driving aquatic habitat dynamics and productivity. Specific research  ojectives are to 1) quantify hydrologic, thermal, and turbidity regimes in headwater catchments with varying levels of fire disturbance, 2) investigate the response of a characteristic and widespread boreal fish species to variation in energy flow through fire-affected catchments, and 3) predict aquatic ecosystem response to changing fire, thermal, and hydrologic regimes using individual-based and/or food web modeling.

This position is part of a larger project with goals to develop a better understanding of the effects of fire and climate change on boreal aquatic ecosystem dynamics. Project personnel include aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, climate scientists, graduate students, and support staff including a lab manager and undergraduate field and lab technicians. The incumbent will work closely with university, state, and federal partners, so strong communication skills will be critical to project success.

Qualifications – M.S. in fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, or closely related field. Experience with sampling freshwater invertebrates, fishes, and aquatic and riparian habitats in the field is preferred. Interest in ecohydrology, aquatic food webs, capturerecapture analysis, and freshwater fish ecology are desired, and strong quantitative and communication skills are required. Applicants with practical field and laboratory research experience will be highly competitive for this position.

Salary – Full support including stipend plus tuition waiver and student health benefits for 4 years.

Closing date – Until filled, preferred start date is Summer 2018.

Contact – Send cover letter describing your professional interests and experience, CV, unofficial copies of transcripts and GRE scores, plus contact information for three references to: Dr. Jeff Falke (Jeffrey [dot] Falke [at] alaska [dot] edu). Additional project information is available upon request.

Weblinks – Falke lab: https://uaf-ffel.weebly.com/

Department of Fisheries: http://www.uaf.edu/cfos/academics/departments/fisheries/

Department of Biology & Wildlife: https://www.bw.ua

 

Postdoctoral Scientist Opportunity in Freshwater Fish Ecology and Habitat Modeling

University of Alaska Fairbanks – Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Responsibilities – Post-doctoral researcher sought to lead a research project to investigate vulnerability of boreal aquatic ecosystems to fire and climate change. Fire is a dominant, natural, and widespread ecological disturbance process in boreal forests, yet fire frequency, size, and severity are increasing in Alaska owing to climate warming. Interactions among fire, climate, permafrost, vegetation, hydrologic, and watershed processes are poorly understood, yet critical for conservation and management of boreal aquatic habitats in a changing environment. The incumbent will be expected to develop an integrated modeling framework by linking spatially-explicit climate, fire, vegetation, permafrost, hydrologic, and stream temperature models parameterized for interior Alaska. Model output will be used to quantify future impacts of fire and climate on boreal aquatic habitats and population vulnerability, and inform fire management
scenario development using structured decision making.

This position is part of a larger project with goals to develop a better understanding of the effects of fire and climate change on boreal aquatic ecosystem dynamics. Project personnel include aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, hydrologists, climate scientists, graduate students, and support staff including a lab manager and undergraduate field and lab technicians.

Qualifications – PhD in fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, or closely related field. The
successful candidate will be a highly productive, self-directed, and motivated individual
with a strong record of scientific research and publication. Experience working in
freshwater ecosystems is preferred. Applicants with interest in ecohydrology, spatial
modeling, and vulnerability analysis are desired, and strong quantitative and
communication skills are required.

Salary – Commensurate with qualifications plus health benefits for 2 years with opportunity to extend.

Closing date – Until filled, preferred start date is late Spring or early Summer 2018.

Contact – Dr. Jeff Falke, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99775-7020. Office: 907.474.6044; Email: jfalke4 [at] alaska [dot] edu.

Weblinks – Falke lab: https://uaf-ffel.weebly.com/

Institute of Arctic Biology: https://www.iab.uaf.edu/