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Smithsonian Marine Science Network Postdoctoral Fellowship Program – Marinegeo

The Smithsonian Institution is undertaking the design and implementation of a new global-scale network of marine ecological observatories – MarineGEO — dedicated to understanding change in the structure and function of marine ecosystems. MarineGEO will focus on understanding patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem function associated with natural and anthro-pogenic changes that occur at local, regional and global scales. MarineGEO will address critical knowledge gaps that currently limit the capacity of the science community to forecast change, and the policy community to plan for change. These needs will be met through standardized, long-term measurements and experiments at spatial and temporal scales appropriate for ocean and coastal ecosystems. MarineGEO will begin with a set of core sites, including the Marine Science Network Laboratories, and expand over time. The vision is that the fully deployed network, including partnerships with other institutions and networks, will capture the physical and biological gradients that govern ocean ecosystems and serve as a catalyst for intellectual exchange. These goals will be accomplished through SI Marine Science expertise and infrastructure combined with a diverse consortium of partner institutions and collaborators worldwide. This program seeks applications for research projects that address at least one of these fundamental questions posed by MarineGEO about marine ecosystems, their biodiversity, function and sustainability through comparative experiments, measurements, and/or applications of modern analytical tools across the Marine Science Network sites. Proposals must focus on comparative research involving at least two of the Network facilities and Smithsonian units (NMNH, SERC, STRI, NZP). Postdoctoral scientists must collaborate directly with identified Smithsonian scientists as named sponsors/advisors of the fellowship (see Marine Research Staff information at http://www.si.edu/marinescience/staff.htm). Fellows should select co-Advisors from more than one SI unit (NMNH including SMSFP, SERC, STRI, NZP). Joint proposals among two or more fellowship applicants will also be considered.

Program Website: http://si.edu/marinescience/msn_cfps.htm

Term: Maximum of two years, pending review of the first-year progress report.

Stipend: Stipends are $45,000 per year with additional funds available for group health insurance, travel from place of origin to the Smithsonian host facility, research travel and research supplies, up to a combined $55,000 maximum per year.

Deadline: 2013 – To Be Determined

Apply Through: SOLAA