New England Aquarium
  • ACCOL Research
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Full Time Regular

The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium is seeking to hire an Associate Scientist/Lab Manager to contribute to the excellence in ocean conservation science by managing the endocrinology laboratory in the Wildlife and Ocean Health (WOH) Program. This position will provide technical, scientific, and organizational assistance to deliver ocean conservation impact under the leadership of the WOH Chair. The Associate Scientist will be instrumental in monitoring the health and reproduction of marine wildlife in wild populations, as well as developing endocrine protocols for a diversity of difficult-to-study marine species and sample types.

Species of research interest include: the North Atlantic right whale, Sperm whale, Blainville's beaked whale, Florida manatee, Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, and Leatherback turtle.

New England Aquarium has implemented comprehensive safety protocols for employees and visitors to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. As a member of our team, you will be provided with the training and resources needed to ensure a safe and rewarding experience. In addition, the Aquarium requires all staff to be vaccinated and boosted (when eligible) against COVID-19 unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is requested and approved.

This is a full-time regular position offering a comprehensive benefits package. The schedule will be Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and work will be performed predominately on-site, with some flexibility for hybrid work. Remote days are only available for residents of MA, RI, NH, ME, and VT.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Independently manages the endocrinology laboratory to facilitate and generate data that increases our understanding of Wildlife and Ocean Health.
  • Conducts laboratory-based wildlife conservation research; specifically, all phases of sample preparation, hormone extraction, endocrine assay (EIA and RIA systems), immunoassay validation tests, assessment of QA/QC, and dissemination of results.
  • Develops and validates hormone assay protocols, extraction procedures, and analyses for new species and/or new physiological biomarkers of interest.
  • Troubleshoots any technical difficulties with laboratory procedures to ensure assay validation and quality control.
  • Provides data interpretation to facilitate technique development and analyze hormones to address conservation physiology questions, such as pregnancy, seasonality, nutritional and stress responses.
  • Oversees the receipt, shipment, storage, and archival record of biological samples.
  • Conducts duties with strong attention to detail and maintains accurate and organized records of laboratory work. Working with no direct supervision in performing immunoassay techniques.
  • Upholds a clean, safe and functional laboratory. Oversees laboratory equipment and infrastructure maintenance and servicing schedules.
  • Maintains standard operating guidelines for laboratory safety and procedures, MSDS chemical safety information, biomaterial record-keeping, and oversees proper biomaterial disposal protocols. Serves as radiation officer and Chemical Hygiene Officer for small quantities of iodine125 and tritium (training provided).
  • Provides fiscal and administrative support for general operation of the Wildlife and Ocean Health Program. Helps develop budgets for laboratory analyses on grant proposals and manages spending on laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Maintains laboratory inventory including commercial immunoassay kits, assay reagents, consumable supplies, and equipment needed for laboratory function; communicates purchase orders with commercial supply vendors and internal finance teams.
  • Actively participates in Wildlife and Ocean Health research projects. Work with the Chair of Wildlife and Ocean Health to develop research projects and pursue external funding through government grants, foundations and individual donors to support mission-based research. Additional opportunities to contribute on other NEAq projects and collaborate with internal and external scientists.
  • Writes up results of research projects in reports and prepares academic articles.
  • Empowered to present new research findings at relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Manages and provides training for students, volunteers, interns, and visiting researchers working in the endocrinology laboratory when scheduled. Ensures laboratory standards are followed.
  • Effectively allocates work time between diverse tasks.
  • May participate in fieldwork and/or sample collection, as well as instigate other technical methods for understanding the health of marine wildlife.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Zoology, Biology, Biochemistry, and a minimum of three years of laboratory experience.
  • Experience with hormone enzyme and/or radioimmunoassay analysis on biological samples required.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities required. Ability to troubleshoot technical difficulties with immunoassay protocols and make suggestions regarding assay improvement for unstudied species.
  • Comfortable in a laboratory setting using common laboratory equipment; including micropipettes, centrifuges, analytical balances, plate shaker, gamma/scintillation counters, spectrophotometer, pH meter, and lyophilizer.
  • Computer proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Word, and Excel required.
  • Proven ability to work independently for extended periods, with workflow prioritization.
  • Enthusiasm for wildlife and ocean conservation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's or Ph.D. qualification in Zoology, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field preferred.
  • Prior experience working on wildlife endocrinology using alternative sample types, such as fecal steroid metabolite analysis.
  • Motivated to publish scientific manuscripts. Experience with presentations and scientific writing is highly desirable. Interested in staying abreast of new scientific literature and techniques.
  • Knowledge of biostatistics and data analysis.
  • Experience managing long-term datasets.
  • Experience with budgets or inventory management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Competence with graphics and/or statistical programs.
  • Good managerial and organization skills.
  • Open communication and proficient writing skills.
  • Must be autonomous, innovative, and detail oriented.

For more information and to apply online please visit: http://neaq.applicantpro.com/jobs/

New England Aquarium is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC



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