Postdoctoral Fellowship: Marine Invasion Ecology

Posted Date
Nov 5, 2019

Compensation: $58,000 plus benefits

Duration: 1 year, with prospect of renewal

Deadline: Open until filled

Location: This position is based at the Marine Invasions Research Lab of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland, USA. SERC 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 throughout the country and overseas in collaboration with researchers from a variety of other institutions.

Description: We currently seek applications to fill one postdoctoral research fellowship in marine invasion ecology, to examine the performance of sessile marine invertebrates under a range of different environmental conditions. This will include literature review, descriptive measurements and experimental approaches aimed at understanding the effects of fluctuating environmental conditions (especially salinity and temperature) and food availability on survivorship, growth and reproduction of sessile organisms. One goal of this research is to understand conditions that affect the transfer of organisms on the underwater surfaces of vessels.

Requirements: Ph.D. in Marine Biology, Ecology, or related field. Candidates must have (a) a strong background in experimental ecology and marine invertebrate biology/ecology; and (b) knowledge of statistics and data management. Applicants must be organized, self-motivated, independent and proactive. Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a research team are required, as is a proven talent to write reports and publications. Experience giving presentations to various audiences (e.g., scientific conferences, agencies and the public) is desirable. Some travel may be required.

To Apply: Please submit current CV, cover letter describing research experience and interests, as well as contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for three references. In your letter, please highlight your specific experience relevant to this announcement. For full consideration, please submit application materials by 2 December 2019. Applications should be submitted by email to Laura Falsone,, with “Marine Invasion Fellowship” in the subject line.