[Coral-List] Directorship of the Tennenbaum Marine Observatories

Nancy Knowlton knowltonn at gmail.com
Wed Jan 30 11:46:51 EST 2013

The ad for this position appeared in Science and Nature last month, but we
want to make sure that all potential applicants are aware of this exciting
opportunity.  Please forward, as well as consider applying yourself if you
qualify.  As noted below, applications close on the 14th of February.

Best wishes for the New Year, and feel free to contact me directly if you
have questions at knowltonn at gmail.com

Nancy Knowlton


*Director of the Tennenbaum Marine Observatories*

The Smithsonian Institution seeks an innovative leader for the newly
endowed Tennenbaum Marine Observatories (TMO).  For more information on the
TMO, please visit

The Smithsonian has launched the TMO, an initiative envisioned as a
long-term, global-scale network of ecological observatories that will be
dedicated to understanding changes in the structure and function of marine
ecosystems. This network is committed to innovative measurements and
experiments that will span traditional disciplinary boundaries and be
executed in a standardized fashion over exceptional spatial and temporal
scales. It is anticipated that this approach will lead to a new and
fundamental understanding of our oceans that supports sustainable use.

The TMO will build upon the extraordinary strengths, capacity, and
leadership of the Smithsonian Institution in marine sciences. With over 50
marine scientists, the Smithsonian expertise provides considerable depth
that spans many disciplines in biology, ecology, evolutionary biology,
paleobiology, anthropology, systematics, geochemistry, genetics, and other
areas. The Smithsonian also has excellent infrastructure for marine
science, including marine laboratories in Maryland, Florida, Belize, and

The founding director of the TMO will have the opportunity to lead a
cutting-edge research program that will result in high profile,
policy-relevant discoveries.

Characteristics that we seek in a director include:

·                  Record of experience and scholarly achievement in core
areas of TMO research.

·                  Evidence of innovative approaches and ability to
integrate ideas/concepts across     traditional disciplinary boundaries.

·                  Clear record as an effective leader in developing and
implementing a major research program and in working with diverse groups of
people both inside and outside the home institution.

·                  Demonstrated strong organization and management skills..

·                 Ability to serve as the spokesperson/ambassador to other
Smithsonian programs, outside collaborators, donors, and the public.

·                  Successful track record of competitive grant funding.

The director will be based at the National Museum of Natural History (
in Washington DC, with the opportunity to establish close affiliations with
one or more other research units at the Smithsonian including the
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (
The director will guide all aspects of the design, development,
implementation and growth of this new initiative, in consultation with TMO
participants, and will manage all TMO activities both nationally and

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 This is a full-time, permanent position located in Washington, DC with a
pay range of $150,000 to $165,300.

*This position will be open for applications starting December 20, 2012.
Review of applications will start on January 21, 2013 and close on February
14, 2013.*

For further details and information on how to apply, consult
scroll to position number EX-13-08.

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