Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Natural Resources and the Environment-PDLARS [#21948, WDR-00031938]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Fisheries
Appl Deadline:2022/08/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/06/21, finished 2023/04/29, listed until 2022/12/21)
Position Description:    

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POSITION:                       Postdoctoral Associate

STARTING DATE:           August 1, 2022                                                             

LOCATION:                     Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

 Cornell University

 Ithaca, NY 14853


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


We are looking for a highly motivated person to work with a team of scientists at Cornell University (Rudstam, Watkins, Sethi, Evans) and the USGS Great Lakes Science Center (Esselman, Warner, O’Brien, Yule and others) to advance acoustic survey approaches and investigate spatial ecology of fish and invertebrates in Laurentian Great Lakes. This is a two-year project, with potential for extension for additional years. The research will involve state of the art acoustics equipment deployed on autonomous underwater vehicles and Saildrones, as well as from traditional survey vessels. Together with the PIs, the incumbent will develop automated analysis procedures for large amounts of acoustic data, evaluate fish avoidance of survey vessels and the implications for fisheries assessment, and contribute to the development of the next generation automated survey techniques. Acoustic survey data will also be used to investigate questions about species distributions and associated food web interactions in the Great Lakes.  The incumbent will be based at Cornell University in Ithaca, with periodic travel to the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor Michigan to interface with collaborators and participate in field data collections.  Research 100%

The responsibilities of this position include:

1) analysis of acoustic data and development of automated scripts for analyzing large amount of data with existing software (Echoview, R, Python);

2) collaborate with USGS scientists on field data collection;

3) analysis of fish avoidance and biases associated with acoustics “dead” zones using the acoustic data;

4) presentation of results at scientific meetings and to regional management groups, and publications in the primary literature.

This position is an opportunity to be at the forefront of development and analysis of spatial fisheries data in the Great Lakes with implications for fisheries and aquatic ecology across the globe.

One year term position with renewal possible contingent on funding, performance, and available work.


·         Ph.D. in fisheries, ecology, marine biology, bioinformatics, limnology or related fields.

·        Strong quantitative background: ability to deal with large datasets using computational methods, proficiency in R or other applicable software packages, ability to develop scripts for R and Echoview, and statistical modeling.

·        Interest in fisheries, fisheries acoustics, aquatic ecology, and spatial ecology.

·        Evidence of ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.

·        Willingness to perform both field research and laboratory analyses.


Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available. 

All components of the application must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online: Interested applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of interest, including a brief description of how this position relates to their career plans, (3) statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (4) the names and contact information of three references.

We will begin reviewing applications on July 1st, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new CornellNYC Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.


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