Title: Postdoctoral Marine Scholar Positions in Marine Ecology
Date Posted: December 17, 2020
Deadline: Until Filled

Job Details:

The Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium’s  Dauphin Island Sea Lab is soliciting applications for two Postdoctoral Marine Scholar positions in marine ecology.  The positions will be part of the Alabama Center of Excellence (ALCoE), whose priorities are to 1) understand how complexity enhances ecosystem resilience; 2) predict conditions under which ecosystem restoration will succeed under future projected climatic regimes; 3) identify early warning metrics of change, and 4) link-local findings to a global network considering similar priorities. For more information about the ALCoE, please visit www.alcoe.disl.org

We seek individuals capable of performing interdisciplinary research that evaluates current and future multistressor impacts on coastal ecology in the northcentral Gulf of Mexico.  The Marine Scholars will perform ecosystem monitoring to assess the effects of coastal warming, tropicalization, and losses of biodiversity on ecological processes within coastal Alabama. Some aspects of this research will be conducted in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) Network. Marine scholars will also conduct experiments focused on natural and restored ecosystem’s performance under predicted future climatic conditions. There will also be opportunities to develop individual research questions under ALCoE’s priorities listed above.


  • Manage and conduct intensive, hypothesis-driven monitoring of critical nursery habitats in coastal Alabama.
  • Perform statistical data analyses.
  • Write reports and manuscripts.
  • Collaborate with other scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the MarineGEO Network, and mentor undergraduate/early career graduate students in the lab.
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Present research results at public and national/international meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:


  • Doctoral Degree in Marine Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Oceanography, Engineering, or closely related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience communicating scientific findings to a broad audience.


  • Experience in landscape or ecosystem-level research.
  • Experience managing and analyzing large, diverse, data sets.
  • Experience with eDNA analysis.
  • Experience with ocean acidification experiments.
  • Desire to work with a broad spectrum of collaborators, managers, and stakeholders.
  • Experience with project management and ability to meet goals in a timely manner.
  • Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and Google Workspace (Google Doc, Sheets, slides, Google Meet, etc).
  • The work will be performed in an office and outdoors, with outdoor work sometimes involving long field days (> 8 hours), exposure to extreme weather conditions (heat, rain, cold), and biting insects. The work requires physical exertion such as lifting or reaching to observe, collect, or record field data; or in some situations snorkeling or operating a boat. Heavy items (e.g., field gear up to 25 pounds) may require lifting on a routine basis.
  • Must obtain a valid state motor vehicle operator’s license for the type of vehicles and vessels operated to perform the duties of this position.

Job Contact:

Submit application package consisting of a cover letter, CV, and names of two references to the Human Resources Department (cshaw@disl.edu) with “ALCoE Marine Scholar” in the subject line.

The review of applicants will begin February 1, 2021.  The position will be open until the final candidates have been identified. The positions will be a salaried position with benefits and will be renewed annually for up to three years, dependent upon performance.

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