Freshwater and Estuarine 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, 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 evaluate invasion dynamics by non-native species (NNS) in freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, with a strong focus on the U.S. Great Lakes. The successful candidate will lead a team research project, to evaluate invasion history and establish field-based measures to detect NNS at selected sites. The first year of this project will focus on project design and synthesis of existing data on freshwater NNS, providing the baseline for a multiyear project.

This position is based out of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's headquarters in Edgewater, Maryland, though some aspects of the current research project will occur in the Great Lakes. 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: Ph.D. in Aquatic Biology, Ecology, Biogeography or related field. Candidates must have (a) a strong background in aquatic invertebrate ecology, (b) knowledge of statistics, sampling design, and data management, (c) field experience, and (d) a good working knowledge of taxonomy for aquatic organisms. 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 proven ability to write reports and publications. Experience giving presentations to various audiences (e.g. scientific conferences, agencies, and the public) is required. Some travel will be required. 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.