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

We seek a dynamic and accomplished Senior Scientist with a proven record of fundraising and scholarship in marine mammal science to lead New England Aquarium's Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL) Marine Mammal Program. Reporting to the VP and Chief Scientist of the ACCOL, the individual in this role is expected to integrate his/her own established research program into successful ACCOL legacy programs that include right whale ecology and conservation, bycatch reduction, health assessments, climate effects, wind farm assessments, and marine protected areas, and to collaborate with other research/conservation efforts across the organization. In addition, the individual in this role will have high-level oversight for the current right whale team, but taxonomic focus need not be limited to that species alone.  While some salary coverage will be provided for this position, the individual is expected to collaborate closely with the NEAq Development team and contribute to broader ACCOL fundraising needs.  This includes the procurement of extramural funds commensurate with other ACCOL Senior Scientists to support his/her programmatic and staff costs.

Launched in 2016, The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL; http://www.andersoncabotcenterforoceanlife.org/) represents the research and conservation division of the New England Aquarium (NEAq). With the overarching goal of transforming 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.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Senior Scientist and Program Leadership

  • Lead scientific/strategic direction of his/her program in accordance with broader ACCOL strategies, priorities, and targeted outcomes.
  • Conduct primary scientific research related to the Marine Mammal Program including experimental design, field work, data collection, data analysis, and publication of results, demonstrating a high level of scholarship in his/her field of study.
  • Responsible for the timeliness and quality of scientific activities and deliverables.
  • Represent the Marine Mammal Program regionally, nationally and internationally by presenting original research at scientific conferences, workshops and public engagements and responding to media requests.
  • Recruit, supervise, mentor and advise Marine Mammal Program staff and students and contribute to the coordination and leadership of the ACCOL in general (both internally and externally).
  • Identify emerging conservation issues and research opportunities for the Marine Mammal Program, and develop partnerships and collaborations to pursue those when appropriate.
  • In coordination with the NEAq Development Department, lead a high level of annual fundraising (6-7 figures) from external sources to support Marine Mammal Program research.
  • Work closely with ACCOL administrative staff and Finance Department to oversee financial and reporting/funding requirements for contracts and grants.
  • Serve as the leader and key spokesperson of the Marine Mammal Program, as well as an ambassador for the ACCOL as a whole (both internally and externally) to diversify funding sources, and increase research and impact.
  • Work closely with the NEAq's Marketing/Communications as a spokesperson for matters related to marine mammals as needed; function as an expert consult for exhibit messaging.
  • Coordinate with other ACCOL programs and leadership to seek synergies and leverage opportunities where the Marine Mammal Program can contribute to the advancement of other programmatic outcomes across the ACCOL.
  • Other duties as applicable.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Training and Experience

  • The candidate must have a highly accomplished scientific research program with a marine conservation orientation, and be a recognized authority in his/her field.
  • Ph.D. required. Post-doctoral training or additional advanced degrees are desirable.
  • 8+ 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.
  • Strong record of publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise annually significant (6-7 figures) levels of government and private funding to support a large-scale lab/program.
  • Evidence that research outputs have contributed to environmental management/policy measures, processes and/or regulations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Proven leadership skills and abilities to manage/lead a multidisciplinary group of staff and colleagues, including research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, research technicians, graduate students and interns/volunteers.
  • Ability to run multi-institutional collaborations and to identify future opportunities for same.
  • Deep understanding of the marine ecological and conservation issues surrounding marine mammals.
  • Strong statistical or modeling background for scientific analyses would be helpful.
  • Ability to form partnerships with scientific community, fishing industry, decision makers, regulators, funders, and other key decision makers and influencers in 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 Marine Mammal Program and the ACCOL.
  • Must be a collegial team player who is 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

  1. Please submit a cover letter and CV with your online application.
  2. Applicants who are invited to interview, will be required to provide two letters of recommendation.

For more information and to apply online please visit: http://neaq.applicantpro.com/jobs/

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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