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MarineGEO Marine Biodiversity Scientist

Smithsonian Institution


The Smithsonian Institution’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) seeks a Marine Biodiversity Scientist with experience in experimental and/or molecular ecology to play a lead role in advancing comparative research on change in coastal marine life and ecosystems within the Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO, program. The Scientist will collaborate with colleagues throughout the MarineGEO network, which includes the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the National Museum of Natural History, including the Smithsonian Marine Station at Ft. Pierce, and partners around the world. Research interests that align with MarineGEO’s priority of strengthening partnerships along the coasts of the Americas is highly desirable.


  • Develop a vigorous program leading collaborative field and laboratory research across MarineGEO’s network of sites and partners.
  • Garner extramural grant funding to support the research program.
  • Work closely with MarineGEO leadership to shape the program’s scientific direction.
  • Coordinate implementation of MarineGEO core research across the network.
  • Synthesize comparative, interdisciplinary data and publish scholarly research.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Proven track record in rigorous, published research and grantsmanship in marine or environmental science.
  • Evidence of successful collaboration and ability to lead research teams.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and scientific communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Facility working on international teams.  Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus, but not required.


  • Ph.D. and postdoctoral research experience in ecology, marine science, environmental science, or related field.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a valid passport for travel purposes.

Position Details:

  • This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits.
  • Location: Either Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, MD) or National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC).
  • Travel: Regular, domestic and international.
  • Salary and benefits: Equivalent to Federal GS 11-12, commensurate with experience.
  • Term: Up to five years, pending satisfactory performance.
  • Research support: Modest research funds are available.  The position will also leverage MarineGEO’s base budget, technical staff, and operations.

To Apply:

Please send application as a single PDF file to using the subject line “Application: Marine Biodiversity Scientist” in the email.  The PDF should include: (1) a current curriculum vitae; (2) a 1-2 page summary of career goals, experience, and interests relevant to the MarineGEO program; and (3) a list of three references (name, current title, postal address, email address, and phone number). Reference letters and educational transcripts may be requested from select candidates.

Application review will begin March 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. 

The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.