Postdoctoral Research Associate
Company: Florida Gulf Coast University
Location: Fort Myers
Posted on: May 3, 2021
This position provides an excellent opportunity for an early
career Ph.D. researcher to work collaboratively with FGCU
scientists and collaborators on the study of harmful cyanobacteria
and dinoflagellates, particularly those associated with ciguatera
and Florida red tide in the latter case. Specifically, the
candidate will: 1) assist in the supervision of field studies to
collect samples and data on harmful cyanobacteria and
dinoflagellates, including toxin exposure vectors; 2) isolate and
grow harmful dinoflagellates; 3) perform laboratory experiments on
the triggers for toxin production/control through culturing
experiments; 4) analyze lab- and field-based samples for toxin
content to assess exposure vectors and risks; and 5) assist in the
development and refinement of a forecasting model for toxin
exposure events (particularly ciguatera poisoning). A team of
scientists working across various institutions is participating in
this effort and there is substantial room for creative approaches
by the post-doctoral scientist to propose original research to
understand and improve our knowledge of species and their potential
to cause harm to humans and wildlife (including molecular, remote
sensing, and analytical techniques). The research is expected to
result in widely-distributed publications and presentations in the
field of study. The postdoctoral researcher's contributions are
expected to provide insight into exposure vectors of various toxin
groups for humans and wildlife and advance our understanding of
exposure risks in the region.
Typical duties include but are not limited to:
Assists faculty research mentor with research project.
Duties may vary depending on research project and
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Additional Job Description
Ph.D. in Oceanography, Biology or related field
Experience working with microalgae (including cyanobacteria),
ecological modeling, OR remote sensing
Experience with phyco- or cyanotoxin analysis
Experience working on the water (ship-, boat-, or
Experience growing microalgae or cyanobacteria
Experience with satellite/remote sensing data (SST, ocean color,
Strong laboratory skills
Strong analytical chemistry skills
- Experience with R, PRIMER, MaxEnt, ERDAS, and/or ArcGIS
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
All employees are expected to:
Promote a common purpose consistent with stated University goals
and demonstrate a commitment to students and the learning
Possess the knowledge of general written standards and
procedures utilized, and have the ability to read, interpret, and
follow procedural and policy manual related to the job task
Demonstrate the ability to respond to supervision, guidance and
direction in a positive, receptive manner and in accordance with
Provide quality customer service by creating a welcoming and
Present a professional image in word, action and attire.
Demonstrate professionalism in dealing with a diverse population
while understanding and respecting each other's view of the world,
personalities and working styles.
Apply effective techniques to create working relationships with
others to achieve common goals; successfully communicates and
collaborates with others to achieve goals.
- Demonstrate skills necessary to look at situations and
processes critically to make recommendations for improvement.
Keywords: Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers , Postdoctoral Research Associate, Other , Fort Myers, Florida
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