[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc at EPA - Stressors Effects on Coastal Resources

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sat May 31 16:14:46 MDT 2014

From:    =?windows-1252?Q?Susan_Yee?= <yee.susan at EPA.GOV>
Subject: Postdoc at EPA - Stressors Effects on Coastal Resources

A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently=20
available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency=92s (EPA), Office o=
Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects=20
Research Laboratory (NHEERL). The appointment will be served with the Gul=
Ecology Division (GED) in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

This project aims to determine how sediments and nutrients interact with=20=

other environmental stressors to impact coastal marine resources, using a=
site-specific approach. Addressing how sediments, nutrients and other=20
stressor inputs from watersheds impact coastal marine resources, the main=
research problem  is determining how these stressors interact to adversel=
affect coast systems, including coral reefs. Under the guidance of a=20
mentor, the selected research participant may be involved in the followin=

understanding how sediments, nutrients, and other stressors can interact=20=

to affect coastal resources=20
understanding the linkages between sediment and nutrient inputs into=20
watersheds and how they can cause downstream impacts to coastal systems=20=

determining safe levels and adverse effects thresholds of multiple=20
stressors on coastal systems, including reef building corals=20

The research participant will have the opportunity to exercise initiative=
and judgment commensurate with their level of experience and education.=20=

S/he will be mentored by a senior scientist at GED and learn to develop=20=

approaches for integrating and interpreting impacts on coastal marine=20
resources using a multiple stressor framework. Specific learning=20
opportunities may include:

state of the science in multiple stressor interaction and integration=20
use of laboratory systems to determine safe levels and adverse effects=20=

thresholds of multiple stressors on biological test systems=20
determining causal relationships between multiple stressors and adverse=20=

effects on coastal resources, including reef building corals=20
The research participant will be mentored in data interpretation,=20
presentation and organization, and in methods to communicate scientific=20=

findings in a clear and concise manner. Professional development=20
opportunities could also include presenting research at scientific=20
meetings, authoring publications, and collaborating with external (non-
EPA) scientists and engineers.


Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in biology/biological=20
sciences; conservation biology; ecology; environmental science; marine=20=

biology and biological oceanography; marine sciences; or soil chemistry=20=

and physics within five years of the desired starting date, or completion=
of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the=20
starting date.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race,=20=

sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin=
or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawfu=
permanent resident status is preferred (but a candidate also may hold an=20=

appropriate visa status; an H1B visa is not appropriate).

The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon=20
recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The=20=

participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be made available=
to reimburse the participant's travel expenses to present the results of=20=

his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made=20
available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation=20=

costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance. The=20
participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The=20
participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The mentor for this project will be Dr. Mace Barron (barron.mace at epa.gov)=

How to Apply:

An application can be found at=20
http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference=20=

Project # EPA-ORD/NHEERL-GED-2014-02 when calling or writing for=20
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