Post-Doc, Physiological ecology of fishes in a thermally extreme environment; New York University Abu Dhabi

Job Title: 
Post-Doc, Physiological ecology of fishes in a thermally extreme environment
Application Deadline: 
Monday, May 15, 2017

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college.  It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.

NYUAD is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Researcher who will study the physiological responses of fishes from a thermally stressful environment. NYUAD is located on the shores of the Persian/Arabian Gulf, where marine fauna experience extreme annual temperature ranges (20 °C) and maxima (36 °C), making it an interesting natural laboratory in which to investigate climate change related questions. As a primary component of their research, the post-doctoral researcher will be responsible to design and implement multi-species, multi-parameter studies of the physiological ecology of fishes from this thermally extreme environment. The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be expected to conduct novel laboratory and field studies to advance scientific knowledge in this field and develop our understanding of the biology of fishes in this region. Published research experience in the thermal physiology of fishes is required, ideally focused on cardiovascular function and linking physiological and ecological performance.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will work in the NYUAD marine biology laboratory under the supervision of Dr. John Burt and will be partially supervised by Dr. Holly Shiels at the University of Manchester. The Post-Doctoral Researcher would join a diverse research group studying various aspects of coral reef biology, and would be encouraged to develop collaborative research agendas with high-impact researchers outside of the region.

To be successful in this role you must possess the following essential traits:

  • PhD in Biology, Marine Biology or equivalent [only those with PhDs completed by April 2017 can be considered]
  • A strong publication record with first-author experience
  • Dive certification from an accredited agency (PADI, BSAC or similar organization)
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with external stakeholders, employees, management and students.

Desirable experience/qualifications:

  • Experience with a wide suite of thermally-related physiological research in fishes (cardiac physiology, respirometry, physiologically-related swimming kinematics, molecular stress markers, etc)
  • Experience conducting aquarium-based experiments on fishes, ideally in a leadership role
  • Experience working with multiple life-stages of fishes
  • Experience integrating laboratory research with field observations/experiments
  • Experience linking physiological and ecological performance
  • Ability to conduct multiple, possibly divergent, research projects simultaneously
  • Ability to train and mentor junior technical staff
  • Ability to plan, allocate, and monitor research budgets for projects
  • Experience leading IRB/ethics/permit requests for research on vertebrates
  • Valid driver’s license in home country

Hiring is contingent on successful clearance of security, health, and reference checks, among other HR-related parameters. This will be a two-year fixed term contract position, potentially renewable for an additional year based on performance and funding availability. The position is scheduled to begin September 2017, but the starting date may be extended depending on the needs of a suitable candidate. Salary will be contingent on experience and the position will come with an attractive salary and benefits package including a housing allowance, annual flights, and tuition for children (if relevant), and medical insurance. Salary and benefits are tax free in the UAE.

Application Instructions: The closing date for applications is 15 May 2017.  Applicants should create a single PDF file that includes a cover letter (max 2 pages) that specifically refers to qualifications/experience related to the items above, a curriculum vitae including the names and contact information of three references, and copies of recent lead-author publications.  Please email this application file to John.Burt [at] with the text ‘FISH PHYSIOLOGY POSITION’ in the subject line. Only those candidates short listed for an interview will be contacted.

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