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Job Opportunities

 


Mote Marine Laboratory is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions:


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - Research Divison

Information Systems Specialist - Information Systems Division

Life Support Systems Operator - Facilities Division

Staff Chemist I - Research Division

Mote Marine Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks to diversify its work force. Therefore, all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age or other factors irrelevant to the job are encouraged to apply.

 

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Marine Science

 

Mote Marine Laboratory, (Mote), an independent not-for-profit institution established in 1955, has recently adopted a new 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan that includes as one of Mote’s four core priorities, “Ensure the long-term prosperity of the research enterprise through focused staff recruitment and nurturing programs.”  In order to address this specific priority, a new Mote Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program began in 2011 with the addition of two Fellows and another one added in 2013. 

This notice announces the availability of three new positions in 2014.

Two new Postdoctoral Research Fellows are expected to begin between January 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014, with a third Fellow expected to begin by December 31, 2014. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $42000. Health insurance is also provided for the Fellow, with family options available. Benefits include an opt-in retirement plan with employer matching, leaves for holidays, illness, and vacation, and other benefits. Postdoctoral Research Fellows will also have established researchers assigned to serve as dedicated mentors and will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, operations, and travel. Research Fellows will also participate in Mote’s Postdoctoral Mentoring Program.

A Ph.D. must have been awarded by start of fellowship award period and only applicants who received the Ph.D. (or equivalent) on or after December 2010 will be considered.

Applications will be accepted in three tracks. Two new Fellows positions are expected to be filled on or before July 31, 2014 and a third will be filled on or before December 31, 2014. Applicants may apply under any of the following three tracks, but at least one position will be targeted for track 3:

Track 1: Applications from any field of marine research including engineering, social science and policy will be considered. 

Track 2: Applications are sought that generally focus on population ecology and/or trophic dynamics of valued coastal species, and modeling of coastal ecosystems.

Track 3: Applications are sought that specifically focus on population ecology and/or trophic dynamics of valued coastal shellfish species, and modeling of coastal benthic ecosystems.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Jan. 15, 2014 and positions will remain open until filled. For complete Fellowship information and application requirements see: http://mote.org/postdocs


 

Information Systems Specialist

General Duties:

 This entry level position's primary duties involve supporting the Laboratory's technology infrastructure and its users.  This includes the installation, maintenance, repair and/or administration of computers, peripherals and network equipment at the Laboratory's campuses.  Additionally, the ISS will provide assistance and instruction to users in the usage, maintenance and repair of their systems.

 

General Requirements:

The applicant must possess strong troubleshooting and communication skills and be able to work independently.  They should also be flexible, dependable and attentive to detail.  In addition they must possess a valid Florida driver’s license and pass a background check.

 

Education and Experience:

 Experience with the repair and maintenance of personal computers and workstations running various versions of Microsoft Windows is required.  Knowledge of a wide variety of hardware, software and operating is highly desirable.  GIS and database knowledge a significant plus.  A Baccalaureate in natural or computer science or related field is desirable.

 

Physical:

 Applicants must have the ability to spend a significant majority of time sitting at a computer workstation, move between buildings and navigate stairs in order to assist with information systems installation and support, use hand tools and testing equipment for the repair and maintenance of computers and electronics, and move and/or carry moderately heavy objects such as laser printers.

 

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm April 18, 2014 to HumanResources@mote.org.  Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Incomplete packages will not be reviewed.

 

 


 

Life Support Systems Operator

 

JOB SUMMARY:
The Life Support Systems Operator (LSSO) is a Technical Position, responsible for the safe operation of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s Fresh-water and Seawater systems.  The LSSO is expected to perform high quality work in support of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s mission.  The LSSO is a Mote Aquarium position which is entirely separate from Mote Laboratory’s research division.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

·         Operation, backwashing and maintenance of high rate sand filters.

·         Operation and maintenance of ozone generators, compressors and peripheral equipment.

·         Operation and maintenance of untreated and disinfected seawater distribution systems.

·         Operation and monitoring of heater/chiller equipment.

·         Daily logging of operations, maintenance and water chemistries of life support systems.

·         Dosing of chemicals to provide the best quality water possible to all exhibits.

 

OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Participate in design, installation maintenance and operation of open and closed fresh water and seawater exhibits.

·         Cooperate with staff, volunteers and contractors.

·          Any other duties as assigned by the Life Support Supervisor.

 

·         KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

·         The ability to understand and follow safety protocols.

·         Ability to swim.

·         Proficiency in the use of hand and power tools.

·         Computer knowledge (Word, Excel).

·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·         Skilled in general water chemistry as it pertains to seawater aquaria.

·         Capable of operating, maintaining, diagnosing and repairing mechanical systems.

·         Ability to make logical decisions in critical situations.

·         Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science preferred, although technical degrees coupled with appropriate experience will also be considered.

·         Minimum of three years of operating experience in a Public Aquarium Life Support Position or wastewater treatment facility preferred.

·         Knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry preferred.

 

LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

·         Valid Florida Driver’s License:  Required or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

·         Ability to safely lift 70 lbs.

·         The ability to work outside in all weather conditions as well as in tight quarters is mandatory.

·         Ability to work safely on ladders and elevated platforms.

 

Salary – Salary Commensurate with experience.  Full time position with benefits.

Respond ToInterested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm April 18, 2014 to HumanResources@mote.org.  Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.


Staff Chemist i

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Work includes (but is not limited to) chemical and physical analyses, participation in field sampling which may include travel; operations from trucks or boats, occasional evening/night shifts, and driving laboratory vehicles both with and without boat trailers.  In additional to analyses, other activities are carried out according the Quality Plan dictates and objectives; including operation and maintenance of scientific equipment; preparations for field trips; sample analyses, and data quality assessments.  Proficiency is expected for work on personal computers, (Word and Excel software), and, after initial training, on water quality instrumentation, navigation and safety equipment, balances, pH meters, and spectrophotometers, and the like.  In general, Staff Chemists will develop skills in particular laboratory analyses and activities and accept assignment to specific projects.   Emergency CPR, First Aid, and Coast Guard small vessel safety courses are available through the laboratory and a Staff Chemist will be expected to obtain these certifications within a finite period.

 

Requirements    

 

A bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in chemistry from an accredited university. In lieu of a chemistry degree, course work in other natural science areas or employment in a related field will be considered. Alternatively, a high school degree with at least five years experience in a chemical or analytical laboratory setting will be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.

 

Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume or CV, 3) unofficial transcript, and 4) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm April 25, 2014 to HumanResources@mote.org.  Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Incomplete packages will not be reviewed.