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Georgia Aquarium

Research Scientist (Cetacean)

Position Summary                  

The Research Scientist position will help develop a robust research (field and/or laboratory-based) and conservation program focusing on cetaceans under GAI’s Center for Species Survival banner. Areas of study may include acoustics, behavior, energetics, habitat use and migration, or One Health, and will focus on marine mammal species within the aquarium collection toward the common goal of advancing species conservation. This position requires the ability to develop and manage a multi-investigator research program that adheres to the research priorities of the aquarium and regularly publish results in peer-reviewed journals. This position also serves as an institutional resource for content and communications to advance appropriate science messages through the aquarium’s many outreach channels.


  1. Demonstrate commitment to Georgia Aquarium’s vision, mission, and values.

  2. Conduct robust, applied field and/or laboratory-based research that advances species and ecosystem conservation.

  3. Publish high-quality, applied research in areas of institutional priority and present at national and international conferences as required.

  4. Liaise with Zoological Operations staff for coordination of research and conservation activities.

  5. Contribute to administration of the aquarium’s Center for Species Survival.

  6. Responsible for IACUC submissions and all state and federal research permitting compliance.

  7. Serve as a mentor/advisor to interns, volunteers, and students.

  8. Develop and manage a research and conservation projects and associated budget under the direction of the Director of Research and Conservation.

  9. Successfully maintain formal and informal collaborations with external research groups and institutions need to advance mutual research goals.

  10. Work with aquarium’s Public Relations and Communications team to publicize the research program.

  11. Participate on aquarium teams, committees, and other working groups.

  12. Performs other duties as required by the Director of Research and Conservation or as workload necessitates.



Ph.D. in Zoology, Wildlife and Fisheries, Ecology, Marine Ecology or related equivalent.


Experience and Skills:

  1. Minimum 3 years of post-doctoral experience developing and leading research projects.

  2. Track record of excellent oral and written communication skills and productivity.

  3. Excellent research and quantitative skills.

  4. Familiarity with the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Animal Welfare Act.

  5. Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed disciplinary journals.

  6. Ability to convey science to the public in a compelling fashion.

  7. Exceptional interpersonal skills to work effectively with a diverse audience, including aquarium staff and volunteers, visitors, members of the public, academic colleagues, donors and board members.

  8. Experience and comfort speaking to news media.

  9. Experience writing grant proposals and successfully competing for research funding.

  10. Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally for research and/or conference opportunities.


Preferred Skills

  1. Three or more years working with cetaceans in a field or conservation setting.

  2. Familiarity with the IUCN One Plan species conservation approach.

  3. Ability to think creatively and work collaboratively.

  4. Statistical competency with multivariate datasets, especially within the R platform.

  5. SCUBA certification.


How to Apply

Please apply at the link below:


Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: 4045814389
Fax: 4045814142

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