Estuarine Animal Ecologist

Posted Date
Sep 18, 2019

Compensation: $70,000-$80,000/year, plus benefits

Duration: 1 year, with prospect of renewal (3-5 years)

Location: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), Edgewater, Maryland

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Start Time: November 2019

Description: SERC's Marine Invasions Research Lab seeks to fill a research position to establish an aquaculture/culture program for marine and estuarine invertebrates, focusing especially on mussels and barnacles. The successful candidate will lead a team project, establishing a small-scale aquaculture laboratory (facility) for sustained larval production and research on reproductive and larval biology of multiple species.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is a research center of the Smithsonian Institution, located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, approximately 5 miles south of Annapolis, 25 miles west of Washington, D.C., and 40 miles south of Baltimore. The Marine Invasions Research Lab currently has a staff of approximately 35 biologists, who conduct research on coastal ecosystems throughout the country and overseas, in collaboration with researchers from a variety of other institutions.

Eligibility and Requirements: Demonstrated experience or degree equivalent to a Ph.D. in Aquaculture, Larval Biology, Aquatic/Marine Biology, or related field. Candidates must have a strong background and proven record in (a) culturing marine invertebrates and larvae, (b) knowledge of larval biology, and (c) research interests in reproductive biology and life history characteristics of marine invertebrates. Applicants must be organized, self-motivated, independent and proactive. Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a research team are required, as is a demonstrated ability to write reports and publications. Experience giving presentations to various audiences (e.g. scientific conferences, agencies, and the public) is preferred. U.S. citizenship or a current work visa will be required.

To Apply: Please submit the following as one attached file (PDF preferred): cover letter describing research experience and interests, current CV, and contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for 3 references. In your letter, please highlight your specific experience relevant to this announcement. Position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit application materials by 1 October 2019. Applications should be submitted electronically to Laura Falsone (, including job title in the subject line.