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Post Doctoral Fellow

Posting Details

Posting Summary

Posting Number STA00248PO17
Classification Title Post Doctoral Fellow
Internal Title Post Doctoral Fellow
Campus Columbia 01
College/Division College of Arts and Sciences
Department Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
Band Unclassified
Advertised Minimum Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications.
Advertised Salary Range $42,500-$47,500
Location of Vacancy
Part/Full Time Full Time
Hours per week 37.5
Work Schedule
Type of Staff Position Research Grant (RGP)
Basis 12 months
Job Search Category Post-doctoral

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Benefits for FTE, Research Grant or Time-Limited Positions Are Indicated Below

The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave and retirement programs. To learn more about UofSC benefits, access the About Benefits section on the Applicant Portal at Research Grant or Time-limited positions may be eligible for all, some, or no benefits, based on the grant or project funding.

Benefit Eligibility Type Research Grant (RGP)
South Carolina Retirement Yes
State Insurance Programs Yes
Annual Leave Yes
Sick Leave Yes

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

This job will explore the responses of forage fish populations in eastern boundary upwelling ecosystems to the physical and biogeochemical variability associated with future climate change. The project goal is estimation of fisheries productivity given changes in physical climate processes, nutrient stoichiometry, acidification, and plankton production and composition. The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for (1) developing models linking hydrographic, biogeochemical, and lower-trophic-level projections with forage-fish populations; (2) considering the consequences of changing forage fish availability to higher-trophic-level populations; and (3) collaborating with researchers exploring economic and management implications of changes in fisheries productivity, distribution, and demand.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

Ph.D. in Marine Science or Oceanography

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of oceanic and atmospheric circulation and natural resource management is a plus. Interests in global ocean governance and policy, aquaculture, economics, biodiversity, and social issues is also preferred. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team with oceanographers, biologists, economists, and social scientists is desired; as is an understanding of marine ecosystem dynamics, quantitative modeling, and one or more computer languages.


Detailed knowledge of climate influence on marine ecosystems in upwelling areas. Knowledge of the dynamics of small pelagic, planktivorous fish populations. Proficiency in quantitative modeling and fluency in one or more computer programming languages. Knowledge of standard research-related statistical, graphing, and presentation software.

Position Attributes

Hazardous weather category Non-Essential
Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 01/01/2018
If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date 08/14/2018
Job Open Date 09/06/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quicklink for Posting
EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, veteran status or genetics.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you able to travel overnight to conferences, work evenings, and weekends as required by this position?
    • Yes
    • No
    • no response
  2. * Are you willing and able to submit to a pre-employment background check that may include, but it is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history as a condition of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you willing and able to travel outside the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Discuss your training or knowledge in Java or C++ or another object-oriented programming language.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have a Ph.D. in Marine Science or Oceanography?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Letter of Recommendation 2
  5. Letter of Recommendation 3
Optional Documents
  1. Other Supporting Documents
  2. List of References and Contact Information