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Marine Environmental Scientist Professor

Occidental College, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Department of Biology at Occidental College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Marine Environmental Science at the Assistant Professor level. This full-time faculty member will complement and strengthen our existing programs and offerings in Environmental Sciences and Marine Biology. Candidates must have a commitment to undergraduate teaching across the curriculum and implement a student-centered research program.  We envision that this new faculty member will develop both research and teaching programs centered on the challenges of marine environmental sciences, including topics such as the urban-ocean interface, restoration ecology, oceanography, climate change, and global processes.  The increasingly complex and interdisciplinary field of Marine Science is bursting with data richness at a variety of scales from remote sensing to sophisticated microscale experiments.  Thus, preference will be given to applicants who are able to expand our offerings in quantitative reasoning and computational analysis, statistics, hypothesis testing, experimental design, and modeling.  Optimally, these topics will include working with a variety of coding packages (ex. R, Python, Perl, etc.).

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biology or related field, and a strong commitment to educating undergraduates through teaching and research. The successful candidate is expected to a) participate in teaching an introductory- or intermediate-level biology course, as well as an intermediate- or upper-level marine environmental science course each year, b) develop a rigorous, externally fundable research program involving undergraduates, and c) participate in regular service to the department and the College.

Occidental College is a nationally-ranked small liberal arts institution situated in Los Angeles. The College has committed itself to the marine sciences for over 100 years, and its location allows convenient access to marine research locations and facilities. The college also has a strong commitment to the environmental sciences including Environmental Science Concentrations within both the Biology and Geology majors.  Oxy has a respected and productive marine program, highlighted by the Vantuna Research Group, a leader in marine research in the Southern California Bight. The College was a founding member of the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI), a marine facility in the Port of Los Angeles that provides a home for both shore-based and offshore teaching and research activities.  SCMI is currently working with AltaSea and the Port of Los Angeles to build a state-of-the-art marine lab in San Pedro, ~35 miles from campus.

Occidental is located in the culturally-rich Los Angeles neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Highland Park, near Caltech, the Jet Propulsion Lab, the Natural History Museum, and other major research institutions. The College is committed to academic excellence in a diverse community and supporting interdisciplinary and multicultural academic programs that provide a gifted and diverse group of students with an educational experience that prepares them for leadership in a pluralistic world. We, therefore, strongly encourage applications from candidates who will further Occidental’s mission of excellence and equity in their teaching and scholarship.

Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter detailing your interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment; (2) a statement of teaching philosophy, including how you will support and enhance the College’s goal of building a strong educational environment in classrooms that have an ethnically, socio-economically, and culturally diverse student body (include teaching evaluations, evidence of effective advising, or other data, if available); (3) a statement of research interests, including how students will participate in or benefit from your research; (4) a Curriculum vitae; and (5) three letters of recommendation (request writers to send separately). Application materials should be addressed to Dr. Shana Goffredi, Chair, Marine Environmental Science Search, and sent by e-mail to Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2016.

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law. We strongly encourage all underrepresented candidates especially women and persons of color to apply.

MEL Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellows in Ocean Global Change Biology

State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China

State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science (Xiamen University) (MEL) is seeking outstanding postdoctoral fellows in the research area of ocean global change biology. The applicants should have received his or her Ph.D degree within recent 5 years. The applicants, who has strong backgrounds in marine ecophysiology or phycological studies, are encouraged to apply.  Annual income will be 200 thousands RMB (about 35 thousands of USD) plus benefits of apartment, medical insurance and travel allowances.  Note, there is no discrimination against nationalities. Contact can be directed to  (Kunshan GAO). Detailed informations are available at

Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology

Williams-Mystic, Williams College and Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, USA

The Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program in Mystic, Connecticut invites applications for an assistant professor to teach marine ecology, supervise independent student research, and participate in 2-3 multi-day field seminars (offshore sailing cruise and field seminars to the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts) in each of two semesters per year.  Our coastal campus includes a state of the art marine science center.  We are seeking a scientist and educator with collaborative and interdisciplinary interests to begin July 2017.  This is a Williams College faculty appointment starting as a three-year renewable position.  Promotion to associate professor with renewable five-year terms is possible after 2 three-year terms.  This is intended to be a career position with continued renewal going forward.

Williams-Mystic ( is a selective off-campus program of Williams College located at Mystic Seaport, with approx. 20 students each semester from many different colleges. 

The mission of Williams-Mystic is to empower global, creative citizens while cultivating an enduring relationship with the sea. We create an open-minded, interdisciplinary academic community through experiential learning at Mystic Seaport, along the coasts of America, and on the ocean. Students of all majors study the history, literature, policy and science of the ocean, focusing on environment and sustainability. 

We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and we encourage you to write in your cover letter about your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion; we also encourage you to speak to any experience you have in working in a close-knit and highly collaborative learning environment.

PhD expected by Sept. 2017.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-page teaching statement, 1-page research statement, transcripts, and three letters of reference by November 1, 2016.  All materials should be addressed to Denise Buell, Dean of the Faculty, and must be submitted through Interfolio using this link:  Preliminary inquiries may be directed to Executive Director Tom Van Winkle ( 

All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here:

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

Assistant Professor in Coastal Ecology

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

 Job Summary/Responsibilities: We are searching for an outstanding scientist who studies the ecology of coastal, estuarine or marine systems. 

The UNF Department of Biology offers baccalaureate degrees in Biology with areas of concentration in, Coastal Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Molecular/Cell Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Masters level degrees are also offered with a focus on Coastal/Marine Biology, Ecology/Evolutionary Biology or Microbiology/Molecular Biology. Furthermore, because many Biology faculty conduct research focused on coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife, the department has been designated as a center for excellence in this field via development of the Flagship Program in Coastal and Marine Biology. 

Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching (General Biology, Ecology and specialty upper level courses), maintaining an active, externally funded research program and contributing to the department's service mission.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline with evidence of a significant research program.

Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of teaching excellence is preferred.

Special Instructions: Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents, in order to be considered for this position. Applicants must upload: a current curriculum vitae, letter of application, a teaching statement, a research statement and unofficial transcripts. Please note that these items must be uploaded for completion of the application. Because of the limitations of the system, only four links are available to upload the five items, so the teaching statement and research statement must be combined into one .pdf file to be uploaded into the 'Other Docs.' Link . If you upload these items sequentially the last file will supplant the original uploaded file. Additionally, you must have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Matt Gilg, Professor
Coastal Ecology Search Committee Chair
Department of Biology
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645

Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Matt Gilg via e-mail at Initial review of applications will begin on 10/17/2016.

Assistant Professor in Vascular Plant Biology

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Vascular Plant Biologist - The Department of Biology ( at the University of North Florida (Jacksonville) seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 1, 2017. We are searching for an outstanding scientist who utilizes vascular plants to address important questions in evolution, ecology, systematics, bioinformatics, molecular biology, or environmental biology.

The UNF Department of Biology offers baccalaureate degrees in Biology with areas of concentration in Biomedical Sciences, Molecular/Cell Biology and Technology, Coastal Biology, and Ecology and Evolution. Masters level degrees are also offered with a focus on Ecology/Evolutionary Biology or Microbiology/Molecular Biology. Furthermore, because many Biology faculty conduct research focused on coastal and marine ecosystems, the department has been designated as a center for excellence in this field via development of the Flagship Program in Coastal and Marine Biology. Applicants with expertise in any of these fields are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching (General Biology, Botany, and specialty, botanically related upper level courses), maintaining an active, externally funded research program, and contributing to the department's service mission. The minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline with teaching or research experience. Evidence of teaching excellence is preferred.

You must apply online at and submit a complete application packet consisting of: a letter of application, a teaching statement, a research statement, a curriculum vitae, and copies of transcripts. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 17th.  Additionally, you must have three letters of recommendation sent to:

Dale Casamatta, Professor
Vascular Plant Biology Search Committee Chair
Department of Biology
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645

Scientific Research Specialist CL-2

University of Maine's Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, Franklin, Maine, USA

The Scientific Research Specialist CL 2 position is a full-time, regular, 40 hour per week, one year appointment. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The successful candidate will help to develop, isolate and test different and additional cultivars isolations for kelp, lavers and dulse; perform trial grow-out of sea vegetables on seeded nets and ropes, and do complete husbandry of organic nursery seed-stock; the algal portion of the job constitutes ~67% of the position’s duties. The technician will also help to develop best culture techniques for bloodworms, will conduct culture trials, and will investigate breeding, reproduction and juvenile production of wormsin captivity (~33% of position). This position is based at the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin, ME, but occasional work will be done at the main campus in Orono. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collect reproductive algae from intertidal zone and do spore and gamete isolations
  • Carry out breeding experiments for macroalgae and feed preparation and behavioral observations of  polychaetes
  • Perform daily husbandry feeding, cleaning of tanks and routine systems’ monitoring (e.g., light, temperature)
  • Help to design experiments to optimize grow-out conditions for sea vegetables and polychaetes
  • Collect and compile biological data; carry out some statistical tests
  • Promptly and accurately report issues or problems to the supervisor
  • Help to construct the polychaete system

Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in marine biology, phycology, and/or aquaculture is required.
  • Ability to efficiently evaluate and handle multiple projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel).
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs.
  • Driver’s license required
  • Able to do field collections in rocky intertidal zone
  • Comfortable on water (some boat work may be required).
  • Ability to carry out statistical tests in R is desired but is not necessary.
  • Previous experience in algal culture and spore isolation desired but not required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The employee will aid in supervision of students working at CCAR in association with the PIs.

Work Environment/Dynamics: The position and principal work is located at the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin, Maine. The successful applicant will work in environmentally controlled culture facilities where algae and worms will be grown. Some travel to theOrono campus is required. The applicant will occasionally work in the field to collect algae or help with field trials in aquaculture sea farms. Workdays will include some weekend days, in rotation with students and PIs. The successful applicant will have a regular weekly schedule with an expectation that hours may be longer or shorter on some days due to following projects that do not fit within the workday. 

Work Year:  Full-time. Fiscal year (12 months)

Work Schedule:  40 hours per week, 5 days per week, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with occasional weekends or evenings as needed.

Position Type:  One year appointment

Schedule for Evaluation:   In accordance with guidelines established in the ACSUM agreement.

Appropriate background checks and pre-employment physical will be required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position".  You will need to create a profile and application; upload a cover letter, academic transcript(s) and a resume/curriculum vitae that fully describes your qualifications and experiences with respect to the required and preferred qualifications; and provide contact information for three professional references. Contact Susan Brawley (PI) or Luz Kogson (Co-PI). You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.  Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2016 and continue until a suitable pool of candidates is found.

Post-doctoral Fellow - Marine protistan ecology and evolution

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, California, USA

This position has a duration of one year, with a possible extension depending on job performance and funding.  Microbes play fundamental roles in all ocean ecology. Our primary focus is on eukaryotic phytoplankton, and variations in the communities of bacteria, archaea and heterotrophic eukaryotes, as well as viruses, that accompany different phytoplankton taxa. To investigate these complex systems, we use high throughput DNA/RNA sequencing and proteomics on populations in nature and experimental systems. In this way, we study the genetics and biological responses of important primary producers. Analysis of these data in an integrative manner, including physiological characterization, has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of these microbes and genes of unknown function. 

A number of challenges must be addressed including i) understanding diversity and organism abundances in these systems; ii) elucidating controls on forces of mortality (viruses, predators) and lifestyles (e.g. mixotrophic spectrum) and how this shapes host/prey dynamics; iii) analysis of RNA-seq and proteomes in a biologically informative way. These topics are currently under study in the Worden lab. Our goal is analyze gene complements and gene/protein expression profile, in the context of environmental data from oceanographic sites or experimental conditions, to provide new insights into marine algal ecology and CO2 uptake under future climate scenarios. We aim to understand functional roles and dynamics of photosynthetic algae (including mixotrophs) and to associate genes of unknown function with biological activities.

We are seeking a post-doctoral scientist to undertake phylogenetic and bioinformatic analysis of culture and ocean based experiments and use these analyses to develop new knowledge on phytoplankton biology. The candidate could also develop hypotheses from sequence data on specific controls/pathways and perform experiments testing these hypotheses. Ultimate goals are to refine our understanding of phytoplankton communities and forces regulating relative contributions to carbon fixation.

More information on general research in the group is available at:


We are looking for an outstanding individual with demonstrated interest in working at the interface between evolutionary and biological sciences, preferably with bioinformatic skills. An interest in developing knowledge of marine microbial populations and ecology is essential, if not already a developed knowledge area. We will offer an attractive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a biological or computational field.

Address your cover letter to:

MBARI, Human Resources

Job code: PD-MPEE

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Submit your cover letter and resume by e-mail to, or by mail to the above address, or by fax to (831)775-1620.

MBARI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or covered veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.  


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