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.
The Central Valley Regional Water Board is looking for an Environmental Scientist to work on an interdisciplinary team focused on eutrophication issues in lakes, reservoirs, streams and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Duties include:
- Incumbent will conduct scientific analyses and assessments to identify and characterize sources of eutrophication, impacts to water quality, and changes in biological communities.
- Incumbent will recommend potential management and regulatory actions needed to address impairments and impacts from eutrophication.
- Incumbent will participate in the development of a new policy focused on eutrophication (State Water Board Biostimulatory Substances Amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Water, Enclosed Bays and Estuaries of California).
- Incumbent will represent the Central Valley Water Board on technical advisory committees, project oversight committees, meetings with federal and state agencies, local governments, dischargers, consultants, Tribes, and the public on water quality impairments and impacts related to eutrophication.
Deadline to apply is April 20, 2021
The detailed duty statement is attached for reference and the Vacancy Announcement and application can be found at this link: CalCareers
The USGS Kansas Water Science Center’s Algal and Other Environmental Toxins Laboratory has been focused Nationally on understanding Harmful Algal Blooms largely in inland environments and the toxins that can be produced. Our team has been focused on analytical methods development, toxin production and mitigation, and exposure effects.
We have a recently constructed laboratory with state of the art instrumentation including:
- Mass Spectrometry: Liquid chromatography High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (Orbitrap)
- Spectroscopy: Liquid Chromatography with UV/Vis, Fluorescence and Fraction Collection Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry Hyperspectral Radiometery for our collaborations on remote sensing of harmful algal blooms Handheld X-ray Fluorescence Plate Readers for ELISA and Mode of Action Assays
Our research has included multiple National Toxins Surveys in surface water, physical properties, investigation of fate mechanisms, collaboration with toxicologists, and analytical methods development. We plan to fill two positions from these postings: 1 chemist and 1 biologist. Please apply through USA jobs between 4/14 and 4/23/2021 at the links below.
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has three open positions which interface with HABs and ocean acidification. Please help circulate these within your networks - information and application instructions are below and attached.. All three positions are based in beautiful Sitka, AK, and applications are being accepted until April 30, 2021.
1) Lab Analyst
This individual is responsible for ensuring environmental samples are collected, processed, and analyzed correctly and in a timely manner for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Research Lab (STAERL). To be successful this individual must be able to perform complex lab analyses independently and with limited oversight, must be able to find creative solutions to problems, and be flexible with their work schedule. This individual must also be able to work well independently and as part of a team. Samples to be analyzed by STAERL include shellfish, plankton, seafood, and seawater samples. Analyses to be completed include receptor binding assay for paralytic shellfish toxins, ELISA (paralytic shellfish toxins, domoic acid,okadaic acid) HPLC (paralytic shellfish toxins, domoic acid) and total mercury analysis. Finally, this person will need to communicate data accurately and professionally via reports, public service announcements, the SEATOR website, and for group presentations.
2) Lab Specialist
The Environmental Lab Specialist is responsible for assisting the Environmental Lab Manager with conducting laboratory analysis specific to marine biotoxins, contaminants, and ocean chemistry. Assist with developing the standard operating procedures for laboratory methods and maintaining the functionality of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Research Lab and the STA Ocean Chemistry Lab, and creating biotoxin reports and public service announcements.
3) Environmental Education Coordinator
This Environmental Education Coordinator is responsible for developing, leading, and evaluating a new K-12 curriculum focused on One Health science used by the Sitka School District. This curriculum is specific to cultural and environmental literacy, culture camps, and scientific fieldwork. This position will work to coordinate the STA Tribal citizen shellfish testing program; maintain public outreach platforms and materials; assist STA staff with projects related to the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research (SEATOR) program.
Connect with Kari Lanphier email@example.com with questions.
Again, the positions are open through April 30th!
Candidates can gather the necessary paperwork for applying (stated here) and email the packet to firstname.lastname@example.org
CSS is seeking a Biological Research Assistant for full-time employment to support NOAA’s Laboratory, National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Beaufort, NC. The primary focus area for this position will be to work with NCCOS and partners to assess the occurrence of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) toxins in the marine food web, and to develop and test molecular tools to quantify HAB cells in environmental samples. The resulting data will be used to assess the potential impact of HAB toxins on coastal ecosystems and to advance NOAA’s HAB forecasting goals.
- A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Public Health, Public Policy, Business Administration, Communication, Environmental Science, or closely related field, AND
- A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience conducting research and analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations.
- A Master’s Degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Business Administration, Communications, Environmental Science, or a closely related field AND
- A minimum of one (1) years of professional experience conducting research and analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations.
- Attention to detail Remain acutely aware of reported data and information details and ability to stay focused despite distractions.
- Communication Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Participate in meetings in an active, cooperative, and courteous manner. Effectively use the media, advanced technologies (especially the Internet), and community networks to communicate information. Share appropriate information internally and externally. Be open to feedback from staff, peers, and supervisors. Skilled in leading, facilitating, and guiding group discussions between varied stakeholder interests. Ability to communicate sensitive health information in a compassionate way.
- Policy Research and Analysis Ability to understand complex policy environments, gather necessary information to assess policies, write clearly about policy options, and translate policies into organizational plans, structures, and programs.
- Agency Representation Ability to effectively represent and support the agency position and carry it forward without personal bias.
- Relationship Building Skilled in building constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual regard.
- Accountability Accepts personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work. Can be relied upon to achieve excellent results with little need for oversight. Exhibits punctuality and regular work attendance.
- Workload Management Skilled in organizing and prioritizing multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, to produce work products that are accurate, thorough, and on time.
- Teamwork Fulfills commitments to other team members. Promotes a friendly climate, good morale, and cooperation among team members. Puts team success ahead of individual success. Values all team members.
- Confidentiality Demonstrated ability to maintain the confidentiality of protected health information.
- Demonstrated experience and education as a facilitator
- Experience working on Environmental Public Health Issues
- Experience convening and leading diverse stakeholder groups
- Experience communicating professionally across a variety of settings
Karenia brevis is a toxic ‘red tide’ algae that devastates ecosystems, economies and human health on the Gulf coast of Florida. We are hiring a doctoral student (full salary and benefits) whom we will work with and train to use cutting-edge biomolecular approaches to better understand this organism’s nutritional requirements and toxin physiology, through a collaboration between Profs. Emily Monroe and Adam Kustka (William Paterson University and Rutgers University- Newark). Priority will be given to applicants from under-represented groups, aligned with our strategic plan at Rutgers.
We will begin reviewing applications 01 March and continue on a rolling basis. Contact either Profs. Monroe (email@example.com) or Kustka (firstname.lastname@example.org) for project details. For details about the graduate program at Rutgers or on how to apply, contact Prof. Kustka and visit his lab’s website: adamkustkagroup.com.
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.