New England Aquarium
  • Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life NEAq
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time Regular

Launched in 2016, The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL) represents the research and conservation division of the New England Aquarium (NEAq). With the overarching goal to transform science into action, the ACCOL builds on the NEAq's nearly 50-year legacy of pioneering research and stakeholder conservation engagement to strengthen the health and resilience of our oceans.

We seek a dynamic and accomplished senior research scientist with a proven fundraising and publication record in the broad realm of conservation physiology/medicine to chair and lead the ACCOL's Marine Animal Stress and Ocean Health (MSOH) Program. Regardless of the biological level of organization of his/her research, we particularly seek a candidate with deep experience running a program that scales to the marine population and/or ecosystem level. This individual is expected to integrate his/her own established research program into a successful ACCOL legacy program/laboratory in stress and reproductive endocrinology, health assessment and ocean health. He/she is also expected to incorporate and collaborate with other research/conservation efforts in conservation physiology and veterinary medicine across the ACCOL/NEAq, and to lead a multidisciplinary team of investigators. This position will report directly to The Chief Scientist of the ACCOL, and directly manage at least 2-3 technical and Ph.D. level research staff.

While salary coverage is available for this position, ACCOL Chairs/senior scientific staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized ocean conservation research programs.   





Scientific research (Senior Scientist role)

  1. Leads scientific/strategic direction of his/her program in accordance with broader ACCOL strategies, priorities, and targeted outcomes.
  2. Conduct primary scientific research related to the MSOH Program, including a high level of extramural fundraising and a strong publication record in his/her field of study.
  3. Represents the MSOH Program regionally, nationally and internationally by presenting original research at scientific conferences, workshops and public engagements and responding to media requests.
  4. Supervise, mentor and recruit additional staff and students in the program.
  5. Oversee specialized Marine Endocrinology Lab with a dedicated Laboratory Manager.
  6. Work closely with ACCOL administrative staff, MSOH Program Coordinator, and Finance Department to oversee financial and reporting/funding requirements for contracts and grants.


Program leadership (Chair role)

  1. Serves as the leader and face of the MSOH Program, as well as an ambassador for the ACCOL as a whole (both internally and externally).
  2. Identifies emerging conservation issues and research opportunities for the MSOH Program, and develops partnerships and collaborations.
  3. Responsible for the timeliness and quality of program deliverables and strategic programmatic outcomes; ensure scientific plans support those outcomes.
  4. Oversees coordinated fundraising efforts for the MSOH Program, in close collaboration with the NEAq's Development Department.
  5. Exemplifies and institutes a culture of interdepartmental collaboration to scale and diversify funding sources, and increase impact.
  6. Serve as chief liaison for ocean health related science with other NEAq divisions and departments, such as the Animal Care Division and Animal Health Department.
  7. Work closely with the NEAq's Marketing/Communications as a spokesperson for matters related to ocean health as needed; function as an expert consult for exhibit messaging.
  8. Regularly coordinates with other Program Chairs/Leaders to seek synergies and leverage opportunities where the MSOH Program can contribute to the advancement of other programmatic outcomes across the ACCOL.



Minimum Training and Experience

  • The candidate must have a highly accomplished innovative scientific research program with an applied scope, and stand as a recognized authority/thought leader in his/her field. A focus on marine mammals is helpful given past work in this program, but not required.
  • Ph.D., DVM, or equivalent terminal degree in a marine science/conservation related field. Post-doctoral training or additional advanced degrees are desirable (e.g. combined DVM/Ph.D.). Specific eligible disciplines include but are not limited to: marine animal physiology/endocrinology/proteomics, animal physiological or behavioral ecology, animal conservation medicine/epidemiology, etc. The biological level of organization can span from the molecular/cell, to organismal, to population.
  • 10+ years of relevant research experience, with at least five years leading a lab or program that includes technical staff, early career scientists and/or graduate students.
  • Must have a very strong recent history procuring public and private funding sufficient to support a large-scale research laboratory/program, graduate students and staff.
  • Prolific publication record in scholarly journals, and demonstrated evidence of research outputs contributing to environmental management/policy measures, processes and/or regulations.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities to manage/lead a multidisciplinary group of internal/external staff and colleagues, including research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, research technicians, graduate students and interns/volunteers.
  • Deep understanding of the marine ecological and conservation issues surrounding field of study/expertise; broad range of collaborations and partnerships with scientific community, decision makers and funders in said field.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills in order to disseminate research findings and write successful research grants, and to serve as an effective ambassador for the ACCOL.
  • Must be a highly collaborative and collegial team player who is committed to helping build the culture of the ACCOL.
  • Must be highly motivated and committed to strengthening the quality of work, productivity, profile and mission impact of the ACCOL. 
  • Must be willing to travel to national and international professional conferences and workshops to represent his/her program and the broader ACCOL.


Application Requirements

  • Please submit a cover letter and CV with your online application.
  • Applicants who are invited to interview, will be required to provide three letters of recommendation.
  • The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday June 15, 2018.
  • For more information and to apply online please visit:

  New England Aquarium is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.

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