[Coral-List] Job opportunity: project manager and applied research scientist.
maynardmarine at gmail.com
Sun Jul 29 05:45:51 EDT 2012
Below is a job description for a very unique coral reef research and
conservation position based in Wilmington, NC. The role is probably best
suited to an early career researcher (within 5 years of PhD award). Please
send this to anyone you think might be interested that could do the job
-Jeff Maynard, PhD.
Director - Oceans Applied Research
Research Associate - EPHE/CNRS & CRIOBE.
Oceans Applied Research, LLC (OAR) based in Wilmington, North Carolina, and
an affiliated starter non-profit, are looking to hire a full-time (40 hours
per week) project manager to assist in delivering on contracts and research
projects over this coming year. OAR and the non-profit both work to
develop decision-support tools and frameworks for environmental managers,
deliver applied research outcomes that inform planning and policy, and
create education and capacity building forums and materials.
Nearly all of the grant and contract work managed by OAR focuses on coral
reefs and communities in coral reef areas. Specific foci include reef
resilience, climate change, adaptation, science communications, models of
coral reef dynamics, remote sensing, and decision-support. The appointee
will have opportunities to meet and work with scientists and managers from
Europe, the Caribbean, Pacific and Australasia, will co-author publications
resulting from the group’s work, and may need to travel internationally. For
the right candidate, the opportunity could lead to long-term employment. For
anyone, some opportunities for supported independent research will exist. The
required tasks are described below, as are desirable qualifications, and
instructions for applying.
*Note: these are presented based the amount of time likely to be spent
doing the task during the year, from highest to lowest. The list is not
1. Assist with preparing technical reports and articles for publication in
journals, to include writing, formatting and layout, graphic design and
reviewing and compiling references.
2. Organise and analyse large datasets on coral reef fish populations and
benthic structure, and on environmental variables like sea surface
temperature. In doing so, undertake and report on statistical analyses.
3. Help create and moderate virtual networks for environmental managers
that are designed to enable shared learning and provide access to
up-to-date reference material and professional expertise.
4. Co-lead the formation of a new non-profit focused on applied research,
conservation, and education and capacity building.
5. Co-write grant applications in the areas of social and ecological
resilience, climate adaptation, and coral reef ecology.
7. Serve as a scientific diver on research trips assisting with logistics,
data collection, entry and analysis, and some photography.
Applicants are required to have a PhD in an area of environmental science
or management, must have a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals,
and should enjoy all facets of project management.
Strong quantitative skills, web design and social media skills, experience
working with non-profits, proficiency with GIS and graphic design, and a
Rescue Diver or higher certification, are all highly desirable.
The selected candidate will be extremely motivated, able to work both
independently and under pressure, and interested in contributing to a fun
The initial appointment will be for a contract term of one year only, with
the possibility of an extension depending on performance and funding. The
selected candidate will be required to relocate to Wilmington, North
Carolina in October and to start in September. High proficiency with
verbal and written English is required (commensurate with having English as
a first language).
Due to the level of interest expected, everyone must ‘pre-apply’. Send an
email with a *one-paragraph* description containing the following: why you
are interested in the position, your research and work experience, your
career goals, and a statement confirming you can move to Wilmington, NC in
October, 2012. Attach your CV to that email. You will receive a response
telling you whether you are encouraged to submit a full application, and
will receive more information about the salary and benefits. Full
applications will be due August 27th, 2012. Last date for pre-applications
is August 21st, 2012.
Enquiries and pre-applications should be sent to Dr. Jeff Maynard at
maynardmarine at gmail.com
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