Postdoctoral Researcher: Marine Mammal Physiology & Endocrinology
New England Aquarium - Massachusetts

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This is a Boston-based position and is funded for approximately 2.5 years from hire. There is a possibility of extension, but it is not guaranteed. Candidates should be able to commit at least through spring of 2016.

In order to apply you must:
Currently have a Ph.D. in Marine Mammal Endocrinology
Have a strong publication record with at least 2 first- author papers on marine mammal fecal endocrinology published in peer- reviewed journals.

Please apply by June 20th, 2013 and include a cover letter and resume.

1.Take lead on 3-year research grant on large whale physiology and endocrinology
2.Report to PI in Endocrinology and Assoc. Director for Ocean Health on regular basis
3.Participate in fieldwork in the Bay of Fundy (3 field seasons, 2013-2015)
4.Optimize sample collection methodology for use at sea
5.Develop and validate several novel analytic techniques for cetacean respiratory samples
6.Validate and optimize a novel hormone assay for use with cetacean fecal samples; analyze large archive of stored samples
7.Maintenance of the right whale endocrinology and health database (MS Access).
8.Organization and maintenance of sample inventory in ultralow freezers
9.Ordering of supplies and basic laboratory maintenance
10.Budgetary management of grant funds
11.Data input, crosschecking and maintenance of a large variety of data files, including Excel spreadsheets, Access files and statistical files
12.Multivariate statistical analyses of a variety of data types
13.Presentation of results at scientific meetings to a professional audience
14.Writing and submission of results to peer-reviewed scientific journals
15.Writing and submission of annual and final reports to grant funder

Minimum Training Experience
Ph.D. in marine mammal endocrinology is required. Must have strong publication record with at least 2 first-author papers on marine mammal fecal endocrinology published in peer-reviewed journals.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Must have substantial lab experience (2+ years) with fecal hormone analysis and with validation of hormone immunoassays for novel matrices.
Must have substantial boat experience (2+ years), ideally including marine mammal surveys and fecal sampling.
Must have substantial experience working with large multi-year datasets and performing formal statistical analysis of multiple correlated variables.
Must have practical experience working with large, difficult-to-capture marine species.
Wildlife photography skills, small boat piloting and navigational skills are a plus.
Strong supervisory abilities.
Detail-oriented and meticulous.
Excellent problem-solving skills required both in the field and in the lab.
Grant budget management experience is a plus.
Strong public speaking skills and experience with formal scientific presentations.
Cheerful and friendly demeanor.
Demonstrated ability to get along well with other team members for prolonged periods of time in tight quarters and shared spaces.
Passion and commitment to marine mammal conservation.

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

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