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Postdoctoral Researcher in Great Lakes Shoreline Restoration

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Postdoctoral Researcher in Great Lakes Shoreline Restoration

School for Environment and Sustainability

University of Michigan


A 1-year postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified candidate to join a project funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will assess the effectiveness of shoreline restoration projects in the Great Lakes. This postdoctoral fellow will be tasked with completing a literature review of habitat requirements for native Great Lakes fish species that are known to use coastal “shoreline” habitat for some part of their life cycle (e.g., walleye, yellow perch, lake sturgeon, lake trout, northern pike), and which are frequent targets for restoration efforts. In addition, the individual will help develop recommendations to NOAA for establishing historical or spatial “benchmarks” that represent high quality shoreline habitat for target fish species.


The successful candidate will join Drs. Brad Cardinale ( and Karen Alofs ( at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (, who are leading a broader evaluation of Great Lakes shoreline restoration projects. The successful candidate could either join Drs. Cardinale and Alofs at U of M’s Ann Arbor campus once COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, or the candidate could work remotely from their current location while meeting with the project team by video.


Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a discipline related to fisheries biology, management, or ecology, as well as research interests in ecological restoration. Strong quantitative skills in statistics, and prior experience working on data syntheses or literature reviews is desirable.


The postdoctoral fellowship offers a highly competitive salary at $50,000 per year plus benefits. The appointment is for one year, but could be renewed if additional funding is secured.


To apply, email a cover letter stating your research accomplishments and interests, a curriculum vitae, two representative publications, and the names and contact information for three references to:


Bradley J. Cardinale



Applications are due August 28th, 2020. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.