Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Marine Science
Mote Marine Laboratory, (Mote), an independent not-for-profit institution established in 1955, has recently adopted a new 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan that includes as one of Mote’s four core priorities, “Ensure the long-term prosperity of the research enterprise through focused staff recruitment and nurturing programs.” In order to address this specific priority, a new Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program began in 2011 with the addition of two Fellows and another one added in 2013.
This notice announces the availability of three new positions in 2014.
Two new Postdoctoral Research Fellows are expected to begin between January 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014, with a third Fellow expected to begin by December 31, 2014. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $42000. Health insurance is also provided for the Fellow, with family options available. Benefits include an opt-in retirement plan with employer matching, leaves for holidays, illness, and vacation, and other benefits. Postdoctoral Research Fellows will also have established researchers assigned to serve as dedicated mentors and will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, operations, and travel. Research Fellows will also participate in Mote’s Postdoctoral Mentoring Program.
A Ph.D. must have been awarded by start of fellowship award period and only applicants who received the Ph.D. (or equivalent) on or after December 2010 will be considered.
Applications will be accepted in three tracks. Two new Fellows positions are expected to be filled on or before July 31, 2014 and a third will be filled on or before December 31, 2014. Applicants may apply under any of the following three tracks, but at least one position will be targeted for track 3:
Track 1: Applications from any field of marine research including engineering, social science and policy will be considered.
Track 2: Applications are sought that generally focus on population ecology and/or trophic dynamics of valued coastal species, and modeling of coastal ecosystems.
Track 3: Applications are sought that specifically focus on population ecology and/or trophic dynamics of valued coastal shellfish species, and modeling of coastal benthic ecosystems.
Applications will be reviewed beginning Jan. 15, 2014 and positions will remain open until filled. For complete Fellowship information and application requirements see: http://mote.org/postdocs
Information Systems Specialist
This entry level position's primary duties involve supporting the Laboratory's technology infrastructure and its users. This includes the installation, maintenance, repair and/or administration of computers, peripherals and network equipment at the Laboratory's campuses. Additionally, the ISS will provide assistance and instruction to users in the usage, maintenance and repair of their systems.
The applicant must possess strong troubleshooting and communication skills and be able to work independently. They should also be flexible, dependable and attentive to detail. In addition they must possess a valid Florida driver’s license and pass a background check.
Education and Experience:
Experience with the repair and maintenance of personal computers and workstations running various versions of Microsoft Windows is required. Knowledge of a wide variety of hardware, software and operating is highly desirable. GIS and database knowledge a significant plus. A Baccalaureate in natural or computer science or related field is desirable.
Applicants must have the ability to spend a significant majority of time sitting at a computer workstation, move between buildings and navigate stairs in order to assist with information systems installation and support, use hand tools and testing equipment for the repair and maintenance of computers and electronics, and move and/or carry moderately heavy objects such as laser printers.
Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm April 18, 2014 to HumanResources@mote.org. Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. Incomplete packages will not be reviewed.
Life Support Systems Operator
The Life Support Systems Operator (LSSO) is a Technical Position, responsible for the safe operation of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s Fresh-water and Seawater systems. The LSSO is expected to perform high quality work in support of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s mission. The LSSO is a Mote Aquarium position which is entirely separate from Mote Laboratory’s research division.
· Operation, backwashing and maintenance of high rate sand filters.
· Operation and maintenance of ozone generators, compressors and peripheral equipment.
· Operation and maintenance of untreated and disinfected seawater distribution systems.
· Operation and monitoring of heater/chiller equipment.
· Daily logging of operations, maintenance and water chemistries of life support systems.
· Dosing of chemicals to provide the best quality water possible to all exhibits.
OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Participate in design, installation maintenance and operation of open and closed fresh water and seawater exhibits.
· Cooperate with staff, volunteers and contractors.
· Any other duties as assigned by the Life Support Supervisor.
· KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
· The ability to understand and follow safety protocols.
· Ability to swim.
· Proficiency in the use of hand and power tools.
· Computer knowledge (Word, Excel).
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
· Skilled in general water chemistry as it pertains to seawater aquaria.
· Capable of operating, maintaining, diagnosing and repairing mechanical systems.
· Ability to make logical decisions in critical situations.
· Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
· Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science preferred, although technical degrees coupled with appropriate experience will also be considered.
· Minimum of three years of operating experience in a Public Aquarium Life Support Position or wastewater treatment facility preferred.
· Knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry preferred.
LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
· Valid Florida Driver’s License: Required or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment.
· Ability to safely lift 70 lbs.
· The ability to work outside in all weather conditions as well as in tight quarters is mandatory.
· Ability to work safely on ladders and elevated platforms.
Salary – Salary Commensurate with experience. Full time position with benefits.
Respond To – Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm April 18, 2014 to HumanResources@mote.org. Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Staff Chemist i
Duties and Responsibilities
Work includes (but is not limited to) chemical and physical analyses, participation in field sampling which may include travel; operations from trucks or boats, occasional evening/night shifts, and driving laboratory vehicles both with and without boat trailers. In additional to analyses, other activities are carried out according the Quality Plan dictates and objectives; including operation and maintenance of scientific equipment; preparations for field trips; sample analyses, and data quality assessments. Proficiency is expected for work on personal computers, (Word and Excel software), and, after initial training, on water quality instrumentation, navigation and safety equipment, balances, pH meters, and spectrophotometers, and the like. In general, Staff Chemists will develop skills in particular laboratory analyses and activities and accept assignment to specific projects. Emergency CPR, First Aid, and Coast Guard small vessel safety courses are available through the laboratory and a Staff Chemist will be expected to obtain these certifications within a finite period.
A bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in chemistry from an accredited university. In lieu of a chemistry degree, course work in other natural science areas or employment in a related field will be considered. Alternatively, a high school degree with at least five years experience in a chemical or analytical laboratory setting will be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, 3) unofficial transcript, and 4) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm April 25, 2014 to HumanResources@mote.org. Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. Incomplete packages will not be reviewed.
Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources
The Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources supervises the development, expansion and evaluation, and coordinates the operations of these programs based at the main campus in Sarasota and at Mote field stations. The Director of Volunteers and Interns works closely with all staff within the Education, Aquarium and Outreach Division and colleagues in the Research and Support Divisions to ensure the needs concerning volunteers, interns and staff are met. In addition, the Director of Volunteers and Interns works with other education, aquarium and research staff on collaborative projects.
The Director of Volunteers and Interns is responsible for the successful operations, financial integrity, and continued long-term viability of Volunteer & Intern Resources. Duties include developing and implementing recruiting strategies and materials as well as developing and enhancing volunteer and intern tracking, orientation, training and recognition. Duties also include interviewing, training, supervising and evaluating volunteers and interns throughout the organization and maintaining an updated database on volunteers and interns in all areas. The Director of Volunteers and Interns maintains positive relationships with representatives and agencies on a local, state and national levels. The Director of Volunteers and Interns actively communicates with other senior staff within the organization to plan for the future. The Director of Volunteers and Interns will present information on volunteer and intern management at conferences and seek professional development opportunities.
The Director of Volunteers and Interns will support the expansion of the interns and volunteers programs to include serving all of Mote’s satellite research programs. In addition, the Volunteer Coordinator will supervise the Intern Coordinator, ensuring the success of the intern program, as well as new initiatives including the development of a Mote Intern Alumni Association.
Knowledge, Skills, and other Characteristics
Our ideal candidate is honest, caring, and professional with a tireless work ethic and a contagious, positive energy. S/he is a giving team member, a creative problem solver, and an enthusiastic collaborator and networker who believes deeply in Mote and its mission.
This candidate will possess outstanding communication skills, poise, and confidence, skilled in written and oral communication with the ability to represent Mote Marine Laboratory to a variety of audiences, and to train others to do so. This candidate should have proven ability to develop and implement objectives, strategies, and tactics with skill in organizing and facilitating meetings, and implementing projects and programs. They should have a strong commitment to customer service, sound judgment, an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of organizations with extensive volunteer engagement, and the determination to work towards a common purpose with skill in managing change. We expect the highest ethical standards, personal integrity, intelligence, good humor, resilience, energy, and spirit.
- Bachelor's degree
- Master's degree or additional graduate coursework preferred
- A minimumof six years experience in management of volunteers or related field
- Experience with training development and delivery, project management, recruitment and managing program budgets
- Valid Florida driver's license or willing to obtain within one month of hiring
- U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen's U.S. work permit appropriate for the work
- CPR/First aid certified or ability to obtain prior to employment
- Ability to manage staff, volunteers and interns
- Excellent verbal/written communication skills
- Stamina for working occasional long hours at outdoor locations in hot/cold weather, high humidity, intense sunlight and wet weather while responsible for interns and volunteers
- Ability to carry/move heavy objects
Laboratory Category: Exempt
Normal hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday; with a one-hour lunch break.
Occasional evening, weekend and holiday work will be required.
The Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources is supervised by the Assistant Vice President for Education, within the Education, Aquarium and Outreach Division.
The Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources directly supervises the Intern Coordinator and any part time staff working in the Office of Volunteer and Intern Resources. This position also oversees the supervision of the many volunteers throughout the laboratory and aquarium. The Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources is also the staff liaison with the Volunteer Association and Volunteer Association Board of Directors, as well as the liaison between the volunteers and staff.
The hiring of a successful candidate for this position is conditional on a background check within one month of hiring.
Send letter of interest, resume, salary requirements and references to HumanResources@mote.org, or Attn: Human Resources, Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236.
Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt; this position will remain open until filled.