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Coral Restoration Postdoctoral Researcher

Sarasota FL

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium has an opening for a Coral Restoration Postdoctoral Researcher.


Primary Function: The Coral Restoration Postdoctoral Researcher will primarily be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the Coral Restoration Program’s day to day activities, including conducting research on restoration science, managing the implementation of coral propagation within our land-based nursery, outplanting, monitoring and reporting.


Primary Duties:

Assist in managing Mote’s coral restoration efforts, specifically focused on utilizing land-based nurseries and microfragmentation processes.

Be a leader in Mote’s coral restoration efforts by providing guidance, perspective and initiative for future cutting edge technologies and applications to keep Mote within the forefront of restoration science

Oversee Mote’s coral restoration initiatives funded by various Mote funding sources

Represent Mote’s Coral Restoration Program within workshops, partner meetings, and collaborative initiatives.

Oversee data management of the coral restoration outplanting deliverables and research projects within the scope of funded projects

Conduct data analyses, create quarterly reports, and publish peer-reviewed articles on coral restoration science

Oversee permit applications and permit reports associated with Mote’s Coral Restoration Program

Write grants for additional financial support that further Mote’s coral restoration efforts

Additional duties, as assigned, related to the daily operation of a full service marine laboratory, including outreach and education activities as needed.


Minimum Qualifications or Requirements:

Ph.D. degree in the marine or biological sciences from an accredited college or university by start date.

Ability to obtain a valid Florida driver's license.

Ability to obtain AAUS dive certification

Ability to be an adaptable and collegial member of team, self-motivated and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.

U.S. Citizenship or Foreign Citizen U.S. Work Permit Approved


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience with aquaculture systems.

Experience in stony coral husbandry.

Experience in conducting coral restoration research

Ability to secure funding through competitive grants or philanthropic sources

Experience operating vessels up to 25ft (USCG Captain’s License preferred).

Ability to identify Florida stony corals.

Ability to work outdoors, for long hours, in tropical climate.

Lift heavy objects or equipment up to 50 lbs required.

Normal hours are 8 hour work days M-F; however, weekend and evening hours may be required at times.


Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm August 15, 2020 to HumanResources@mote.org. Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.


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.


Salary will be commensurate with experience


Review of applications will begin immediately with the position expected to start prior to December 31, 2020.

Posted July 17, 2020

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