Nicholas School of the Environment - ML, Duke University

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Position ID:Duke-NSOE-ML-POSTDOC [#12484]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Beaufort, North Carolina 28516, United States [map]
Subject Area: Marine Sciences
Appl Deadline:2018/11/01* (posted 2018/10/19, listed until 2018/11/01)
Position Description:    

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Nicholas School of the Environment – ML Duke University

Position ID: Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Position Type: Postdoctoral Position Location: Beaufort, North Carolina 28516, United States Subject Area: Marine Sciences Starting Date: 5/01/2019 Appl Deadline: 11/1/2018 Position Description: Can mutualistic species interactions increase yields and decrease labor costs for coastal restoration practitioners?

The Division of Marine Science and Conservation, part of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, invites applications for a full time postdoctoral associate for a two-year appointment. The postdoctoral associate will be in residence at the Duke Marine Laboratory on the North Carolina coast and will also spend time at international project sites as needed. The Postdoc Associate will be mentored by Professor Brian Silliman.

The primary goal of this project is to test whether incorporating mutualistic species interactions into the design of ongoing coastal wetland restoration projects can increase the recovery rate of the restored plants and reduce overall planting/replanting costs. The secondary goal of this project is to effectively and rapidly communicate the results of the work, whether they are negative or positive, to managers and policy makers in coastal wetland restoration who are not directly involved with the 4 large-scale restoration projects (In California, North Carolina, China, and The Netherlands). The successful applicant will have a strong background in restoration science, basic ecology, and applied coastal resiliency research.

To apply, submit a single PDF that includes a cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae. For earliest consideration apply by November 1st, 2018. Further inquiries may be directed to Dr. Brian Silliman (

Major Duties & Responsibilities: In collaboration with Dr. Brian Silliman and the rest of the project team, the postdoctoral associate will: 1. Assume leadership for the day-to-day management of the North Carolina field component of this project 2. Plan and run a restoration synthesis workshop 3. Conduct community ecology research on the role of positive species interactions in marine ecosystem recovery 4. Communicate results from the above listed and other related work to target audiences via peer-reviewed publications, on-line webinars and presentations at applied science meetings.

Required Qualifications, Skills & Competencies: 1. PhD at the time of appointment in ecology, marine science, or a related discipline 2. Demonstrated ability to design, conduct, and publish research in a timely manner 3. Strong research and writing skills 4. Excellent command of English 5. Ability to work both independently and in a team

Strongly Preferred: 1. Prior research on living shorelines, particularly how living shorelines can protect shorelines against storms 2. Prior experience with meta-analyses

Duke has been named as a Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University. The Duke University Marine Lab, a coastal campus in Beaufort, NC, has a distinguished record of research and education in marine science, conservation and governance, and a strong international reputation with research interests spanning diverse taxa and include both human and natural systems. The mission of the laboratory is to be at the forefront of understanding marine environmental systems, their conservation, and governance through leadership in research, training, communication, inclusion, and diversity. In 2015 the Duke Marine Lab was recipient of the Dean's Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education. For more information about living in Beaufort, NC visit:

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application: • Cover letter • CV

Further Info:

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Duke University Marine Laboratory
135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516

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