Work with tasty abalone, Mexican marine reserves, and a glamorous Italian marine biologist!
Technician position in marine ecology and conservation
The Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and the Mexican non profit marine conservation organization Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI) invite applications for a technician position. The selected candidate will work in the laboratory of Fiorenza Micheli at the Hopkins Marine Station http://www-marine.stanford.edu/HMSweb/micheli.html and will spend considerable time at Isla Natividad, off the coast of Baja California Sur, México, working on a project investigating recruitment and connectivity of marine invertebrates. The main tasks for this position are to conduct field studies of recruitment to investigate the efficacy of three fully-protected marine reserves established around Isla Natividad to replenish adjacent fishing grounds of green and pink abalone through larval dispersal http://www.cobi.org.mx/english/islanatividad.html. Field activities will involve the deployment and retrieval of recruitment collectors using scuba. Laboratory activities will include processing of collector samples and sorting of recruits (to be conducted on site, at the laboratory on Isla Natividad), and genetic analyses to determine connectivity of subpopulations, that will be conducted at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. Required qualifications include: a BS or MS in marine sciences or marine ecology; extensive experience in field experiments related to larval dispersal and recruitment processes in marine populations; an interest in conducting genetic studies; and willingness to spend extended periods of time at remote field locations. Because of the setting of the field locations, and the international nature of this project, bilingual skills (Spanish and English) are preferred. All else being equal, preference will be given to candidates that would be able to start as early as October 2008. The appointment is initially for 12 months, but it could likely be extended to two years. Candidates should send a letter of interest describing their qualifications relevant to the project and past research experience, their full CVs, and arrange for two letters or recommendation to be sent to both of the following addresses (electronic submission is preferred):
Dr. Fiorenza Micheli
Hopkins Marine Station
Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
Dr. Andrea Sáenz-Arroyo
Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI)
Boulevard AguaMarina # 297
Colonia Delicias C.P. 85420
Guaymas, Sonora, México
Application deadline is August 31, 2008. Review of applications will begin immediately after this date and continue until a suitable candidate is found.