MOTE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Grant amount: US $87,600

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2019

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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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.  

Mote’s present situation creates new opportunities for innovative research, including:

  • World-class marine aquaculture facilities and on-site coral ecosystem research facilities

  • Tri-national agreement between Mexico, Cuba, and U.S. marine scientists & resource managers

  • Affiliation agreements with the University of South Florida (USF @ Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Manatee), Jacksonville University, and the University of the West Indies (Mona campus and Discovery Bay & Port Royal marine laboratories)

  • William R. and Lenore Mote Eminent Scholar Chair and international symposia in fisheries ecology with Florida State University

  • National Center for Shark Research

  • Florida Coastal Ocean Observing Systems Consortium and Mote’s coastal ocean observing laboratory

  • 1.3 million gallon seawater system dedicated for research purposes

The new Postdoctoral Research Fellow will begin in January 2017 and will be based at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Tropical Research Laboratory (TRL) on Summerland Key in the Florida Keys, where a new TRL facility will open in the same month.

The new Research Fellow is expected to reside in the Florida Keys on a full-time basis. In the event that the new Research Fellow intends to investigate benthic invertebrate ecology, especially the ecology of valued coastal shellfish species (mollusks; crustaceans) an option exists to base the research at the Laboratory’s headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, where full-time residency is expected.

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


  • One fellowship will be awarded to support an eligible Ph.D. as an independent investigator.

  • Applications are invited from recent (since January 1, 2014) Ph.D. graduates including those with firm expectation of graduation by December 31, 2016.

    • However, at time of appointment, the doctoral (or equivalent professional) degree must have been awarded.

  • Applications are invited for any natural science investigation in:

    • Florida Bay-Keys-Reef Tract areas
    • Adjoining systems (Florida Current/Gulf Stream, Dry Tortugas)

    • The Caribbean Sea.  


  • Competitive applications will focus on research programs that:
    • are relevant to conservation and the sustainable uses of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats, and natural resources;
    • will bring or propose new multi-investigator/institutional collaborations to Mote, and
    • will be cognizant of global issues.