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Postdoctoral Researcher in Marine Ecology and Physiology


Stanford University 24 months at 100% FTE

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The Postdoctoral Researcher will lead the field and laboratory physiological and ecological research as part of a recently funded Stanford Woods Institute project to 1) test fundamental tenets of the Metabolic Index (Deutsch et al., 2015; Penn et al., 2018), and 2) use the Metabolic Index to predict how future oxygen and temperature change will affect organisms and ecosystems in the California Current system. The project will involve integration of physiological measurements and oceanographic models, and the results will ultimately be used inform habitat suitability maps for the California Current region for use by managers and decision makers. This position is tailored towards a Postdoctoral Researcher who is interested in engaging in interdisciplinary research. 

We seek an enterprising Postdoctoral Researcher capable of working in diverse settings, and as part of interdisciplinary, international teams. The Postdoc will lead the field and laboratory research within the broader project, and will work with team members to integrate experiments and oceanographic data. Other ideal skills include a high degree of independence and leadership, experience in designing and conducting field and laboratory ecological or physiological experiments, knowledge of marine invertebrate biology and experience with marine invertebrate larval, juvenile and adult husbandry, experience with laboratory physiological methods including respirometry measurements, willingness to spend periods of time at remote field locations, ability to manipulate NetCDF files (and/or other large oceanographic and ecological datasets), and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary, international research group. Basic knowledge of the Spanish language would be beneficial.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will:

Design and conduct laboratory experiments testing fundamental tenets of the Metabolic Index, using purple urchin, red abalone and possibly other marine invertebrate species as model systems. This will include:

  • Testing whether Metabolic Index respirometry parameters are the same or different when measured across a species’ geographic or environmental range;
    Testing if larval stage Φ values are lower than adult values;
    Testing if Φcrit values are the same at the all edges of a species’ three-dimensional habitat range;
  • Calibrate and refine a laboratory respirometry system at Stanford University and Hopkins Marine Station, and conduct similar measurements at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, in Ensenada, Mexico, and Bamfield Marine Station, British Columbia.
  • Develop an independent but collaborative research project related to multiple stressors in the oceans that builds on the expertise of the Scholar and the supervising faculty, and that is achievable in the timescale of the fellowship.   
  • Analyze data, report and communicate results in publications and presentations;
  • Support interdisciplinary project research;
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students involved in the project;
  • Contribute to project reports and team publications.

 Hours and Compensation

The Postdoctoral Scholar will be given a workspace at both campuses, and will be expected to work full time for a duration of 24 months, ideally starting November 1st, 2019. Compensation is $63,000/year plus benefits.


Interested candidates should submit their CV, research statement, and the names and email addresses of three references electronically to Erik Sperling ( and Fiorenza Micheli ( We will start reviewing applications on 15 August 2019, but applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

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