Research Associate - Steller Sea Lion

Organization: Alaska SeaLife Center (AZA Member)
Location: Seward, AK, United States
Job or Internship: Job

This position is responsible for assisting lead scientists in conducting research projects at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

1. Independently manages, or assists lead scientist on designated research projects including developing project plans and managing budgets

2. Works directly with internal and external collaborators under direction of the Principle Investigator including coordinating research trials, preparing supplies, scheduling staff, and ensuring preparedness to conduct trials.

3. Assists in sampling captive animals, assists or leads in the processing of samples and tracks the disposition of samples. Conducts laboratory experiments, such as tissue extractions, immunoassays, clinical hematology and blood chemistries.

4. Conducts field and/or laboratory based research activities that may include arranging logistics, supervising field or laboratory staff in the absence of the lead scientist, and reporting to the lead scientist regularly on the status of the project.

5. Provides coordination of facility use and services for research projects relating to the pinniped program.

6. Assists in the development of processing protocols, processing samples, and tutoring technician staff, interns, volunteers and graduate students in laboratory procedures and techniques.

7. Supervises personnel matters for the research technicians, interns, volunteers and graduate students. Assigns and checks work, establishes schedules, sets deadlines, and delegates authority. Sets performance standards for staff. Prepares annual performance evaluations. Makes personnel related recommendations to the Program Manager.

8. Ensures Research Technicians are properly trained and equipped for their assigned tasks, and conducts or arranges for training as necessary to carry out the Department’s objectives.

9. Assists in drafting reports and scientific publications and takes a lead role on reports and publications as assigned.

10. Keeps proper records in accordance with the ASLC and permit requirements.

11. Manages the procurement, inventory, and maintenance of facilities, equipment and supplies to be used in research projects Performs data entry and analysis as requested.

12. Prepares and updates posters and graphic presentations.

13. Prepares and presents public presentations.

14. Designs observations and data collection systems and carries out scientific data collection and statistical analysis of data collected.


Master’s degree in marine biology, zoology or related field. Research experience specific to pinnipeds is preferred. Experience conducting laboratory experiments, such as tissue extractions, immunoassays, and clinical hematology and blood chemistry is preferred. Excellent laboratory technique and protocol adherence is required. Two years of experience coordinating and conducting field research on vessels and at remote locations is required. Experience with equipment procurement, inventory and maintenance required. Experience with writing reports, grants, and preparing manuscripts is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be accepted.

Start Date: February 15, 2013

Apply by: January 31, 2013

Send resume & application (downloadable at to, or to Human Resources, Alaska SeaLife Center, P. O. Box 1329, Seward, AK 99664-1329, or fax 907-224-6320.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer