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

We seek a dynamic, creative and accomplished Senior Research Scientist with a proven fundraising and publication record in the broad realm of ocean health to lead the Marine Animal Stress and Ocean Health (MSOH) Program in the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL) at the New England Aquarium (NEAq). The MSOH Program was founded in 1999, and conducts ground-breaking research on ocean health in marine wildlife. The program includes a dedicated laboratory for marine endocrinology including studies of stress, reproductive and metabolic hormones in marine mammals and sea turtles. The successful candidate would be conducting cutting edge ocean health work in a complementary field of study. We particularly seek a candidate with experience scaling his/her work to the population and/or ecosystem level with a conservation-driven focus. The senior scientist position 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, and collaborate with other research/conservation efforts across the ACCOL/NEAq. While salary coverage is available for this position, ACCOL Chairs/senior scientific staff members must develop/maintain independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized ocean conservation research programs, with specific fundraising targets.  

Launched in 2016; the 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.



  1. Lead scientific/strategic direction of the Marine Stress and Ocean Health Program in accordance with broader ACCOL strategies and priorities.
  2. Conduct primary scientific research related to marine wildlife and ocean health, including a high level of extramural fundraising and a strong publication record in his/her field of study.
  3. Identify emerging conservation issues and research opportunities for the MSOH Program, and develop partnerships and collaborations both internally and externally.
  4. Represent the MSOH Program regionally, nationally and internationally by presenting original research at scientific conferences, workshops and public engagements and responding to media requests.
  5. Lead and inspire the Marine Stress and Ocean Health Program team and contribute to the coordination and leadership of the ACCOL in general (both internally and externally).
  6. Responsible for the timeliness and quality of program deliverables and strategic programmatic outcomes; ensure scientific plans support those outcomes.
  7. Oversee coordinated fundraising efforts for the MSOH Program, in close collaboration with the NEAq's Development Department.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.



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 preferred given past work in this program.
  • 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, conservation medicine/epidemiology, etc.
  • At least 8 years of relevant research experience, 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 research laboratory/program, graduate students and staff.
  • Must have a strong publication record in scholarly journals
  • Demonstrated evidence of research outputs contributing to environmental management/policy measures, processes and/or regulations is preferred.


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.
  • 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 is Friday September 21, 2018.


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 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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