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Associate Research Scientist II - EcoMap

New England Aquarium
Boston, United States Posted: August 22, 2023

The Spatial Ecology, Mapping, and Assessment Program (EcoMap) at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium, seeks a highly motivated quantitative ecologist to fill the role of Postdoctoral Associate Research Scientist. EcoMap is conducting a broad array of analyses to assess the effects of climate change and human use of the ocean on marine mammals and sea turtles. EcoMap is particularly interested in understanding the impacts of climate change, determining the effects of wind energy development on marine mammals and turtles, and quantifying the drivers of marine mammal biodiversity and community ecology at broad spatial and temporal scales. The Postdoctoral Associate Research Scientist will be expected to lead research related to marine mammals and turtles, including species distribution modeling, causal modeling, biodiversity analyses, and techniques to determine the impacts of climate change. The Postdoctoral Associate Research Scientist will be expected to make contributions to additional ongoing research projects within EcoMap. The ideal candidate will have a publication record that demonstrates a command and use of one or more state-of-the-art quantitative methods to address contemporary issues in conservation.

This is a full-time regular position offering a comprehensive benefits package. The schedule will be Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm with the option for some flexibility on the hours. Work will be conducted remotely. Remote days are only available for residents of MA, RI, NH, ME, NY and VT.

  • Develop marine mammal and turtle species distribution models
  • Contribute to ongoing research regarding marine mammal ecology through the lens of human- and climate-induced risk factors
  • Contribute to ongoing species diversity research
  • Mentor existing EcoMap staff and graduate students
  • Present research results at scientific conferences
  • Write and submit research results to peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Contribute to EcoMap fundraising, including successfully obtaining grant funding
  • Contribute to identifying new research avenues and funding streams
Minimum Training and Experience
  • Must have a Ph.D. degree in quantitative ecology or a related field or be within 6 months of obtaining a Ph.D. in one of these fields
  • Experience in conducting analyses in two of these six areas:
  • Species distribution modeling
  • Community ecology
  • Spatially explicit risk assessments
  • Causal modeling
  • Forecasting
  • Documenting the effects of climate change on marine species
  • Must have expertise in R programming
  • Must have strong communication skills, with a record of scientific publication and presentations at scientific conferences
  • A record of contributions toward conservation goals, including contributing to analyses that are relevant to endangered species management, and raising awareness of conservation challenges and solutions is required
  • Experience managing, processing, and analyzing large data sets required
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to support salary and research projects through fundraising
  • Willingness to participate in ocean-based field work (aerial or vessel-based surveys)
  • Must be able to perform grant and project management, including procuring supplies, managing contract relationships, and budget development and tracking.
  • Must be able to serve as a media representative for your area of expertise
  • Must work well within a highly collaborative science team

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