Coastal Behavioral Ecology Lab Research Assistant

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled

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The Dr. Rieucau Coastal Behavioral Ecology lab (CBEL) at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is seeking one Research Assistant (1-year position, level 2) starting October 2019 to participate in the SWARM research project funded by the Norwegian Research council dedicated at forecasting krill dynamics in ecosystem hotspots using behavior-based models. This project aims to build firmer ecological and mechanistic explanations for the distribution and dynamic patterns of krill swarms in ecosystem hotspots and to develop predictive behavioral-based theoretical framework of krill distribution. The Research Assistant will analysis hydro-acoustic survey data to ascertain the drivers of krill swarm-level behavioral responses and plasticity through studies of krill activity patterns, aggregative tendency, habitat use over various temporal scales, including effects of abiotic, bottom-up and top-down effects (i.e. fisheries and interaction with predators). The strength and novelty of this approach resides in the development of predictive models of krill optimal distribution by combining observations and quantification, using state-of-the-art acoustic technology, of krill swarm dynamic, internal structure, group-level responsiveness to predatory and fisheries events and hydrodynamic models. The Research Assistant will also be involved in routine research activities (i.e. field and laboratory experiments, assisting with lab management, testing protocols, training volunteers, organizing data, performing analysis, reading scientific literature, interpreting results, and editing manuscripts, collaborating on scientific publications, presenting research at scientific meetings) in the CBEL lab under Dr. Rieucau’s supervision.


The candidate must have a Master degree in Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, or a related field. Opportunities for the candidate to participate in field work and research cruises may require physical effort. We are particularly seeking a candidate with a strong analytical background, experience in data analysis and theoretical concepts in Behavioral Ecology, Animal Behavior or Ethology. The ability to work in a group setting is essential, as the Research Assistant will work collaboratively with PIs, graduate and undergraduate students. Therefore, previous experience in working in laboratories and various research teams is desired. The position requires high organizational and communication skills as well as significant database management capabilities.

Duration and Start Date:

This is a 1-year position, available immediately with possible additional support dependent upon funding and satisfactory performance.

To Apply:

Send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the name, address, phone and email contact for at least three individuals qualified to comment on scientific and work qualifications to Dr. Guillaume Rieucau with “Research Assistant position” in the subject line. For questions or more information contact Dr. Rieucau by email or phone (985-223-7421).

LUMCON is an AA/EO employer.

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