Marine Veterinarian Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

Organization: Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Sarasota, FL, Country
Job or Internship: Job

The Marine Veterinarian Research Postdoctoral Fellow represents a “hybrid” professional whose commitments and responsibilities involve both the conduct of cutting edge science and the care and well being of the AZA-accredited Mote Aquarium living collection, including animals on public display and those housed as patients in the NOAA-certified Mote Sea Turtle and Whale and Dolphin Hospitals. The successful candidate will be selected based on their ability to not only support the needs of the Mote Aquarium’s variety of marine life according to AZA requirements and the NOAA-certified Mote marine mammal and sea turtle standings and hospital programs, but also the potential to strengthen and diversify the Laboratory’s significant existing research expertise by establishing their own innovative research initiatives that address Mote’s new 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan. Exemplary Fellows may be invited to join Mote as Staff Scientists upon completion of their initial two-year appointment.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will have responsibility to (a) provide tangible linkages between research (e.g., contaminants and biomarkers of effects; immunology; toxicology) and animal care; (b) play a primary role for medical care of Mote Marine Laboratory’s collection animal; and (c) provide guidance for the Mote animal medical staff, trainers and other Aquarium Division personnel who work with different species. Therefore, the Postdoctoral Fellow will report to both the Senior Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Education, Aquarium and Public Outreach, and be expected to work especially closely with the Mote Rehabilitation and Medical Care Coordinator. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to write proposals, manage projects and budgets, conduct data analyses, write technical reports, and prepare scientific manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and/or books. The incumbent is also expected to remain current in his/her field of study, and interact with the professional community through a variety of forms of communication, including attending professional conferences and symposia.


Recent PhD graduates, those with firm expectation of graduation with doctoral degrees in BOTH veterinary medicine AND biology, chemistry or a relate field by summer 2013, and others with prior postdoctoral experience are invited to apply.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the US in 2013. A complete application will be a single pdf file containing:

-- A letter of interest and availability including employment status

-- Academic transcript of doctoral studies

-- Copy of the PhD and DVM degrees (Persons with a firm expectation of graduating by summer 2013 may apply.)

-- Curriculum vitae

-- A 2-page essay describing the applicant’s intended research program and mentor (See Note 1)

-- Three representative journal publications (in press or published)

-- As appropriate, the name and contact information of major professor and/or postdoctoral supervisor, and

-- Names of 3 references including their complete contact information

Novel media other than pdf essential to an individual’s application may be submitted.

In fairness to all applicants and reviewers, only complete applications will be accepted. Address cover letters to the Postdoctoral Search Committee Chairman. Applications are due by COB 15 December, 2012, to, using the subject line “Postdoctoral Application.” Alternatively, submit information to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236. Finalists and alternates are expected to be notified on or before February 1.

Note 1: A link identifying Mote scientists available to mentor postdoctoral associates is being developed. Check this site regularly for updates. In the event there is no ideal link between existing Mote investigator expertise and an applicant’s research interest, the applicant may recommend a non-Mote senior researcher to serve in the capacity of an extramural co-mentor.

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