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Monday, April 05, 2010

UBC - Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Steller Sea Lion Foraging Energetics

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The University of British Columbia Marine Mammal Research Unit (MMRU) invites highly motivated and experienced applicants to apply for the position of Post Doctoral Research Fellow. The appointment is to develop and manage a research program in the area of marine mammal foraging energetics. The research will focus on the foraging energetics and diving behavior of captive Steller sea lions as part of an integral component of the MMRU research goals.

The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and implementing the science plan at the UBC Open Water Research Station. This facility allows researchers to study behavior and energetics of Steller sea lions using trained animals to carry out experiments in the open ocean environment. For more details see: www.marinemammal.org/research/openwater/index.php

You must have a PhD in biological science and at least 2 years of experience in conducting and managing field- or lab-based research projects. This should include a proven ability to lead and motivate research teams. Experience with the practical and analytical techniques required to conduct behavioral and energetic studies would be advantageous. You must also have excellent writing, communication and networking skills, illustrated by a strong publication record and evidence of effective communication with the scientific community.

The post will be based at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre in Vancouver. However, significant time will also be spent at the UBC Open Water Research Station located at a remote location away from the University campus.

The position is under the direct supervision of the Dr Andrew Trites and Dr David Rosen with support from the Office Manager. They will directly supervise research technicians at the Open Water facility. The position will also work closely with Aquarium training and husbandry staff. The post is for 1 year and will start as soon as practical.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of referees to Dr Andrew Trites: consortium@zoology.ubc.ca by no later than MONDAY APRIL 12, 2010.

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