Research Scientist, Marine Stress and Ocean Health Program

On the waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 20, 2019
Apr 15, 2019
Job Level
Senior level
Employment Type
Salary Type

We seek a dynamic, creative and accomplished Research Scientist with a proven fundraising and publication record in the broad realm of ocean health to join the Marine Animal Stress and Ocean Health (MSOH) Program in the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life (ACCOL) at the New England Aquarium (NEAq). Founded in 1999, the MSOH Program conducts ground-breaking research on ocean health in marine wildlife, and includes a dedicated laboratory for marine endocrinology, including studies of stress, reproductive and metabolic hormones in marine mammals and sea turtles. The successful candidate would be conducting cutting edge ocean health work in a complementary field of study to be integrated into this legacy program, helping to drive it into the future, while collaborating with other research/conservation efforts across the ACCOL/NEAq. We particularly seek a candidate with experience scaling his/her work to the population and/or ecosystem level with a conservation-driven focus. This position will start at either the Associate or Senior Scientist level commensurate with experience and accomplishments. While salary coverage will be provided for this position, ACCOL research scientists must develop/maintain independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized ocean conservation research programs, with specific fundraising targets.

Launched in 2016; the ACCOL ( ) represents the research and conservation division of the NEAq. With the overarching goal to transform science into action, the ACCOL builds on the NEAq’s nearly 50-year legacy of pioneering research and stakeholder conservation engagement to strengthen the health and resilience of our oceans.


  1. Direct scientific/strategic direction of the Marine Stress and Ocean Health Program in accordance with broader ACCOL strategies and priorities, and in close coordination with existing program scientists.
  2. Conduct primary scientific research related to marine wildlife and ocean health, including demonstrated extramural fundraising success and a strong publication record in his/her field of study.
  3. Identify emerging conservation issues and research opportunities for the MSOH Program, and develop partnerships and collaborations both internally and externally.
  4. Mentor and advise early career scientists in the ACCOL, graduate students, and interns or volunteers, where applicable.
  5. Represent the MSOH Program regionally, nationally and internationally by presenting original research at scientific conferences, workshops and public engagements and responding to media requests.
  6. Responsible for the timeliness and quality of program deliverables and strategic programmatic outcomes and ensuring scientific plans support those outcomes.
  7. Oversee coordinated fundraising efforts for the MSOH Program, in close collaboration with the NEAq’s Development Department.
  8. Serve as chief liaison for ocean health related science with other NEAq divisions and departments, such as the Animal Care Division and Animal Health Department, which includes world class clinical and diagnostic expertise in aquatic animal medicine.
  9. Work closely with the NEAq’s Marketing/Communications as a spokesperson for matters related to ocean health as needed; function as an expert consult for exhibit messaging.


Minimum Training and Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant research experience. The position grade would depend upon the experience and accomplishments of the applicant, at either the Associate or Senior Scientist level. The latter would require demonstrated leadership of a lab or program that includes technical staff, early career scientists and/or graduate students.
  • The candidate must have independently conducted an innovative scientific research program with an applied scope. At the Senior Scientist level, the person should stand as a recognized authority/thought leader in his/her field. At the Associate Scientist level, the person should have demonstrated promise as a future leader in the field. While the taxonomic focus is flexible, expertise around a sentinel species or group is preferred.
  • Ph.D., DVM, or equivalent terminal degree in a marine science/conservation related field. Post-doctoral training or additional advanced degrees are desirable (e.g. combined DVM/Ph.D.). Specific eligible disciplines include but are not limited to: marine animal physiology/endocrinology/proteomics, animal physiological or behavioral ecology, conservation medicine/epidemiology, etc.
  • Must have a demonstrated recent history procuring public and private funding. Fund-raising expectations are commensurate with experience; a Senior Scientist would have shown the ability to raise funds sufficient to support a research laboratory/program, graduate students and staff.
  • Must have a strong publication record in scholarly journals.
  • Demonstrated evidence of research outputs contributing to environmental management/policy measures, processes and/or regulations is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities to manage/lead a multidisciplinary group of internal/external staff and colleagues, including research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, research technicians, graduate students and interns/volunteers.
  • Deep understanding of the marine ecological and conservation issues surrounding field of study/expertise; broad range of collaborations and partnerships with scientific community, decision makers and funders.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills in order to disseminate research findings and write successful research grants, and to serve as an effective ambassador for the ACCOL.
  • Must be a highly collaborative and collegial team player who is committed to helping build the culture of the ACCOL.
  • Must be highly motivated and committed to strengthening the quality of work, productivity, profile and mission impact of the ACCOL.
  • Must be willing to travel to national and international professional conferences and workshops to represent his/her program and the broader ACCOL.


  1. Please submit a cover letter and CV with your online application.
  2. Applicants who are invited to interview, will be required to provide three letters of recommendation.
  3. While we encourage interested parties to apply and be considered right away, the deadline for submission is April 15, 2019.

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