MOTE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Shark science and Manatee science

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

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Deadline: Sep 1, 2020

Grant amount: US $87,600

Fields of work: Marine Biology Oceanography

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Caribbean, Florida

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 3 years of receiving their PhD

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Overview:

Background

Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote), an independent nonprofit institution established in 1955, has recently adopted a 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.

A new Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is expected to begin in January, 2017 and last for two years assuming appropriate first-year progress. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $43,800.  Partially-subsidized 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. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will also have an established Mote scientist assigned to serve as a dedicated mentor and will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, operations, and travel. The Research Fellow will also participate in Mote’s Postdoctoral Mentoring Program.

As an independent, nonprofit, mission-based organization, Mote’s greatest strength has been its ability to define its own agenda and research based on our communities’ needs and our scientists’ expertise.  Mote is committed to being a leader in nationally and internationally respected research programs that are relevant to conservation and the sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats, and natural resources.  We envision a comprehensive and integrated Mote enterprise with research, innovation, and public education and outreach programs that are among the most creative and fruitful in the world.  Postdoctoral Research Fellows will be selected based on their ability to not only strengthen and diversify the Laboratory’s significant existing research expertise, but also the potential to establish their own innovative research initiatives that address Mote’s 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan.  Exemplary Fellows may be invited to join Mote as Staff Scientists upon completion of their initial two-year appointment.

Mote’s research extends throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and tropical to polar environments. The main 10 acre campus is headquartered on City Island in Sarasota, Florida, with a nearby 200 acre inland marine aquaculture research park; in Charlotte Harbor (Lee County- southwest Florida) with a fisheries research station, and on Summerland Key (Monroe County- Florida Keys) with a Tropical Research Laboratory.  


Current Opportunities

  • Shark science
  • Manatee science

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Shark Biology, Behavior and Conservation

Mote’s leadership in shark research traces continuously back to the Laboratory’s founding in 1955, as the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory under Dr. Eugenie Clark. In 1991, the U.S. Congress named Mote as the site of the Center for Shark Research, the nation’s only such-designated research center for sharks and their relatives. Memoranda of Understanding between Mote and several organizations including NOAA help to guide the course of the Laboratory’s shark research.

Mote’s Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program, the unit under which current elasmobranch research is conducted, reflects a priority on studies that contribute to the conservation and rebuilding of depleted elasmobranch populations. This research spans laboratory- and field-based studies from southwest Florida to locations around the world. Facilities for conducting elasmobranch research at Mote include offices and laboratories, an extensive wet lab and animal care facility, and a fleet of research vessels.

The full-time position includes an annual salary of $50,000 - $60,000. 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. 

Mote intends for the postdoctoral research fellow to continue on as a staff scientist and the postdoctoral fellow will participate in an NSF-compliant mentoring program toward that end during the fellowship period. This postdoctoral fellowship may begin in 2020 but will begin by January 15, 2021 at the latest.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Manatee Biology, Behavior and Conservation

The study of wild manatees began at Mote Marine Laboratory in the 1980s with aerial surveys of the coastal waters of Manatee and Sarasota counties. The Manatee Research Program (MRP) was formally founded in 1993, and with the addition of Dr. John Reynolds, III (Nov. 8, 1952 - Dec. 23, 2017), as program manager in 2000, the MRP grew to become a cornerstone of scientific understanding and protection of these unique mammals in Florida and the Caribbean. The Manatee Research Program continues at Mote, and Reynolds' legacy continues to benefit marine science, conservation, and education around the globe. 

The MRP conducts year-round studies of manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida. The MRP also advises manatee conservation and research actions throughout Florida and the wider Caribbean, and further advises conservation projects for sirenians (manatees and dugongs) globally. The Mote MRP is one of three organizations (along with U.S. Geological Survey’s Sirenia Project and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) participating via formal Memoranda of Understanding in organizing and maintaining the statewide Manatee Individual Photo-identification System (MIPS) database. Long term aerial and photo-identification surveys throughout the year have proven valuable to coastal community efforts to manage manatees in order to balance human activities with the sustainability of manatees and their habitat. MRP research at Mote is ongoing and also involves collaborators including corresponding and visiting faculty and graduate students, agency and NGO investigators, postdoctoral associates, interns, and volunteers.

The full-time position includes an annual salary of $50,000 - $60,000. 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.

Mote intends for the postdoctoral research fellow to continue on as a staff scientist and the postdoctoral fellow will participate in an NSF-compliant mentoring program toward that end during the fellowship period. This postdoctoral fellowship may begin in 2020 but will begin by April 15, 2021 at the latest.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Applications are invited from recent Ph.D. graduates including those with firm expectation of graduation by Jan. 31, 2020.
    • However, at time of appointment, a doctoral degree must have been awarded.
    • In addition, Mote will only consider applicants who received the Ph.D. (or equivalent professional degree) later than December 31, 2017.
  •  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other protected category.
  • We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States.
    • However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time.

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