Assistant Scientist




Organization: New England Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Boston, MA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

SUMMARY

The Assistant Scientist position is a one year position with potential for future funding.

The candidate will provide critical management and technical assistance to the lead scientist for the research program on Marine Fish Stress, which encompasses several fisheries-based projects addressing the consequences of fishing capture and handling, and additional anthropogenic stressors, on the health and survival of marine fishes (primarily elasmobranchs; the sharks, rays and skates). Responsibilities would involve management over aspects of several laboratory and field-based granted-funded research projects. This is a one-year full-time position with potential for continuation contingent upon acquisition of future funding.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

1. Work directly with the lead scientist and assume project management duties for different components of various research projects. This includes but is not limited to: coordinate and supervise grant funded research activities in the laboratory and field environments; oversee budgets, purchasing and quality control duties for equipment and supplies; screen applicants and supervise research interns and students; help liaise with collaborators and others involved in multi-institutional and multi-faceted research projects.

2. Assume duties related to scholarship, including literature searches; maintenance of reference libraries; data management duties and statistical analyses; create visual graphics and representations of study results for presentations, publications and other deliverables associated with grant-funded projects.

3. Author blog posts and partake in other social media and outreach outlets related to research projects; maintain web pages associated with research program. When needed, interact with the Aquarium’s marketing and communications Department on the lead scientist’s behalf.

4. Help develop and oversee the setup of laboratory-based research infrastructures, and handle husbandry duties where needed; tend to animal care duties and the acquisition of tissue and blood samples for research purposes; maintain inventories of consumables; run biochemical assays where necessary.

5. Aid in application for research permits (where necessary), and help write technical reports. Performs other position-related duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Training, Experience & Skills

 M.S. in Biology, Fisheries, Zoology, Marine Ecology or a similar field is required, with 3-5 years of related experience

 Some previous coursework in ichthyology, fisheries, vertebrate zoology and physiology, and biochemistry is preferred

 Expertise in designing experiments and basic and multivariate statistical analyses and software packages (experience with R, or a comparable platform, is preferred)

 Comfort with graphing software, optimally Graphpad Prism or similar

 Proficiency with basic MS Windows platforms, especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint

 Demonstration of technical writing aptitude (preferably through first authorship on a peer-review publication)

 Experience handling budgets

 Experience running biochemical assays (some previous exposure to enzymatic assays, RIAs and EIAs, is preferred)

 Experience and comfort working in the field environment, specifically on recreational and

commercial fishing vessels

 Excellent organizational, communication and coordination skills

 Ability to get along well with others and play various roles in a team capacity

 Willingness to adhere to a flexible schedule; although the position will typically involve traditional (i.e. 9AM-5PM) hours, occasional middle of the night and weekend responsibilities will be required.

 Ownership of a vehicle is preferred.

Please apply online for this position at www.neaq.org. You will find access to open positions under the Get Involved tab.

New England Aquarium is an equal ortunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity in the workplace.