[Coral-List] Coral Reef Scientist - CCMI

CCMI manager at reefresearch.org
Thu Oct 25 12:22:08 EDT 2012

Central Caribbean Marine Institute

Little Cayman Research Centre

Coral Reef Scientist

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute seeks to hire an outstanding scientist to assist the Director of Research and Conservation to manage the organization’s research programme at the Little Cayman Research Centre.  He/she will conduct an original project under the Climate Change and Coral Reef Stress theme which is aimed at understanding how climate change scenarios may impact the coral reef ecosystem, biological diversity, and ultimately society. Duties will also include: producing high-quality publications, helping to establish an international multi-disciplinary research collaborative network to facilitate new research at the Field Station, managing our scientific staff and interns and flexibility to undertake additional roles supporting the CCMI research and education remit.

The facility is a multi-million dollar full-service Field Station located adjacent to one of the finest marine protected areas in the Caribbean.  CCMI has recently been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to expand the wet laboratory facilities to enhance the capacity for research on climate change in the Caribbean.  The Coral Reef Scientist will make substantial and effective use of the expanded laboratory facilities.

The new wet laboratory complex  includes: a well-equipped climate-controlled lab, a screened area for experiments requiring ambient light and an open, but fully-shaded area with ample deck space for large tanks.  The lab includes a flow-through seawater system, raceways, a variety of aquariums, sediment sorting tables, and quality deionized water.  Aquarium conditions such as flow rate, substrate, gases, and water chemistry will be easily adjustable for work on ocean acidification.  Field equipment includes a NOAA-Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) pylon which has been collecting data since 2009, an Argonaut-ADCP and a SeaFET – pH instrument.

This position will suit a mature, well-rounded individual with a PhD and at least 3 years of relevant experience, who is comfortable in the field and in the laboratory and with a proven track record of publication.  Employment will be in the Cayman Islands a British Overseas Territory.  CCMI is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is tax free in the Cayman Islands and is contingent on experience.  The position includes meals at the Little Cayman Research Centre, health insurance, enrollment in the Centre’s pension programme, a research budget for lab and field experiments (diving, boat support) and travel for scholarly activity. 


An Application Form  must be submitted to Dr. Carrie Manfrino, Director of Research and Conservation, CCMI.  Include in the application: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) examples of 3 scholarly works and 3 scholarly activities (research papers, symposia/workshop development, presentations to scientific and stakeholder communities), and (3)  Completed Application Form (see Further Details).  Applications will be assessed against the selection criteria as indicated in the Further Details: (http://www.reefresearch.org/ccmi_website/jobs/jobs_00.htm).   Send applications to ccmiapplications at reefresearch.org

Relevant dates:
Closing date 01 December 2012 or until filled.   The postholder should start by 01 January  2013. The position is renewable after one year pending Cayman Islands Work Permit approval.     

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