Post-doctoral Research Associate for Convergence Research in Engineering Coral Restoration - USA

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a post-doctoral research associate for an NSF-funded Convergence Research project.

This exciting and interdisciplinary   project  aims   to  address   the   fundamental   problem   blocking  robust  coral   reef   recovery: recruitment and survival of coral juveniles. The goal is to comprehensively test settlement surface designs and materials in various flow regimes to produce improved surfaces for coral research and restoration. The project combines  expertise,  methods,  and  researchers  from  engineering  (materials  and  mechanical)  and  biology (microbiology,  coral reef science,  and geobiology) to make transformative advances in coral reproduction and juvenile  survival.  The  research  has  the  potential  to  have  immediate  application  to  the  global  restoration  of threatened, ecologically-important, foundational marine species. Outcomes of the Convergence Research will also have  relevance  and  long-term  application  to  diverse  fields  including  antifouling,  aquaculture,  biofilms,  and bioactive materials.

The project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, CARMABI Research Station in Curaçao, and San Diego State University.

Please download the job profile here.

For more information, please contact Prof. A. J. Wagoner Johnson - ajwj@illinois.edu.