The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) is currently recruiting a Coral Bleaching Analyst within the PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division based in Honolulu, HI.
Hawai’i is very likely to experience a major bleaching event in September-October of 2019. Leveraging the Hawai’i Coral Bleaching Collaborative and prior bleaching studies initiated in 2015, we are planning a multi-institution response that applies a structured, hypothesis-driven approach to document the extent of coral bleaching and lay the groundwork for tracking coral response and recovery. This position will play a key role in executing monitoring surveys, lead data generation from digital images (photoquadrats and ‘photo-mosaics’), manage the large multi-institution dataset, and contribute to data analysis to advance our understanding of impacts of thermal stress on coral bleaching dynamics across the State of Hawaii.
PRIMARY DUTIES: Collates and manages large multi-partner coral bleaching dataset (anticipated data collection Fall 2019). Manages data entry and storage into a relational database and leads data quality control.. Applies established methodologies to quantify the extent and severity of bleaching (including photogrammetric ‘photo-mosaics’ methods, CoralNet, and standard visual assessment methods) and improves or modifies methods as needed. Uses physical and biological data to assess spatial and coral species-level vulnerability to thermal stress in Hawaii Islands coral reef ecosystems. Summarizes the results of these analyses into reports/manuscripts. Works closely with partners to build strong collaborative relationships. Provides assistance with meeting logistics, coordinating and executing field operations using SCUBA, and administrative functions.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must have a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Marine Science, Zoology, Oceanography, Biology, or Mathematics. The successful candidate should have 1-3 years of experience summarizing and managing large biological datasets pertaining to the vulnerability of corals to coral bleaching and producing technical reports/publications. Experience with Structure-from-Motion (SfM) and SfM software (e.g., Agisoft Photoscan or Metashape), CoralNet, and relational database software (e.g. Microsoft Access, Oracle, etc) is desired. The scope of work will also require excellent communication and coordination skills to effectively collaborate with partners and disseminate results.
More information about applying to this position can be found by navigating to www.rcuh.com and clicking on "Job Postings" and Project Name "JIMAR" (position #: 19375). Please note applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
DEADLINE: Please note the deadline to apply is Aug 23th, 2019.