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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

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Ecological Impact of mixotrophic algae in a changing Arctic climate

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

A 2-year postdoctoral position is available starting as early as February 1, 2017 as part of a project investigating Arctic protists that have the ability to use both photosynthetic and heterotrophic nutrition (mixotrophs). The goals of the project are to: 1) study the physiology of different algal groups that have been identified as mixotrophic and occur in the Arctic seas; this includes an examination of how changes in irradiance, temperature and dissolved nutrients affect photosynthesis versus bacterivory; and 2) evaluate differential gene expression via RNAseq transcriptomes in cultures where grazing is high versus low for a subset of species from each of the major groups.

The postdoctoral researcher will join a team lead by Robert Sanders (Temple University) and Rebecca Gast (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), and will work with Arctic cultures in laboratory-based experiments. Basic qualifications are a PhD in aquatic ecology, biological oceanography or a related field. Experience in protistan/ phytoplankton biology, including culturing, is expected. Previous training in molecular techniques and/or bioinformatics is highly preferred, but not required. The position will be based at Temple University in Philadelphia PA, but the postdoc will also work closely with the Gast laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. To apply please send an application letter, curriculum vitae and names of at least two professional references to Bob Sanders . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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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