Job Openings, Position Listings & Other Opportunities
Below are a selection of HABs-related job openings, graduate student positions, and other opportunities. Please check back frequently as listings are updated. If you wish to post a position or opportunity here, please contact Harmful-Algae@whoi.edu.
- Serve as the Chief of the Stressor Detection and Impacts Division, responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing a full range of administration and management operations and services.
- Provide leadership and direction for the formulation, design, and execution of research studies and projects that address coastal environment issues and processes and the health of associated ecosystems.
- Perform supervisory functions over the Division’s multidisciplinary staff.
- Oversee the planning, development, and execution of the Division budget and perform acquisition responsibilities for contracts and interagency agreements.
NWFSC’s Environmental and Fisheries Science (EFS) Division works to monitor the presence of environmental biotoxins in food webs and exposure risk to marine wildlife, ecosystems, and fisheries and apply monitoring data to enhance seafood safety, develop improved detection methods for biotoxins and other environmental contaminants, and develop models for exposure risk and health impacts. The objective of the work is to assist EFS by developing a model that includes environmental data (physical ocean conditions, algal cell densities and toxicity, toxin concentration in multiple layers of the food web) and behavioral and health data for marine mammals to enhance prediction of future animal mortality events.
The Algal Toxin Food Web Modeler duties include:
Develop coupled biological and physical models for trophic transfer of algal toxins in food webs
- Use environmental data (physical ocean conditions, algal cell densities and toxicity, toxin concentrations in multiple layers of the food web (zooplankton, clams, worms, fish), and behavioral and health data for marine mammals collected over five years in the Arctic and subarctic regions to develop toxin-trophic transfer models for toxin accumulation, biotransformation, and adverse health impacts in specific food webs.
- Work closely with collaborators from various institutions to develop an operational model that can be applied to multiple food web scenarios and predict future animal mortality events.
- Use model outputs to provide reports and presentations for the scientific community on a regular basis.
Sample Collection and Analyses
- Execute tissue and environmental sample collection, both in the lab and in the field, including on multiple research cruises (up to 2 cruises per year).
- Collaborate with project personnel on sample collection, login, and transfer from cruises.
- Process, prepare and conduct analysis of samples and quantification of biotoxins after training on HPLC and ELISA methods for algal toxin quantification.
- Record and maintain both metadata and individual sample data.
Record Data and Assay Results
- Perform data entry into prescribed databases.
- Conduct appropriate QA/QC.
- Assist in the completion and maintenance of documentation regarding data storage, and accessibility of data and assay results to provide to the project lead.
- Assist in the preparation of reports & manuscripts on a weekly basis.
Maintain and Organize Laboratory
- Monitor laboratory supply levels.
- Maintain lab equipment to working order.
- Maintain safe chemical hygiene practices.
- Adhere to laboratory safe practices.
Learn more HERE.
EPA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Harmful Algal Blooms and Waterborne Pathogens
*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline.
Please see the summary below and visit the following link for information about this fellowship opportunity: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/EPA-ORD-CEMM-WECD-2021-02
In the laboratory of Dr. Michael Parsons at Florida Gulf Coast University. This position provides an excellent opportunity for an early career Ph.D. researcher to work collaboratively with FGCU scientists and collaborators on the study of harmful cyanobacteria and dinoflagellates, particularly those associated with ciguatera and Florida red tide in the latter case. Specifically, the candidate will:
- Assist in the supervision of field studies to collect samples and data on harmful cyanobacteria and dinoflagellates, including toxin exposure vectors
- Isolate and grow harmful dinoflagellates
- Perform laboratory experiments on the triggers for toxin production/control through culturing experiments
- Analyze lab- and field-based samples for toxin content to assess exposure vectors and risks; and
- Assist in the development and refinement of a forecasting model for toxin exposure events (particularly ciguatera poisoning).
A team of scientists working across various institutions is participating in this effort and there is substantial room for creative approaches by the post-doctoral scientist to propose original research to understand and improve our knowledge of species and their potential to cause harm to humans and wildlife (including molecular, remote sensing, and analytical techniques). The research is expected to result in widely-distributed publications and presentations in the field of study. The postdoctoral researcher’s contributions are expected to provide insight into exposure vectors of various toxin groups for humans and wildlife and advance our understanding of exposure risks in the region.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate position is now posted online here: https://fgcu.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/eaglejobs/job/Main-Campus/Postdoctoral-Research-Associate_R0001248.
NRC-RAP Post-doctoral Opportunity in HAB Sensor Development
Applicants are solicited for a Post-doctoral opportunity in the area of HAB sensor development, available immediately through the US National Research Council’s Research Associateship Program (NRC-RAP). A description of the opportunity is posted HERE and interested candidates must contact and coordinate their submission with the Adviser, Dr. Greg Doucette.
Candidates with experience in the design and development of molecular-level diagnostic biosensors/bioassays and familiarity with analytical instrumentation are especially encouraged to apply. The position is located in Charleston, SC, at the NOAA/National Ocean Service, Hollings Marine Laboratory, which houses investigators representing National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, National Institute of Standards & Technology, Medical University of SC, College of Charleston, and SC Dept. of Natural Resources.
The NRC Research Associateship offers a competitive stipend, reimbursement of relocation costs, and professional travel opportunities supporting collaborations with partners from federal, state, academic, private research, and industrial sectors. This position is open to candidates less than five years past earning their Ph.D. Applications will continue to be considered until the position is filled.