[MARMAM] 2018-19 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Opportunity

Jennifer H. Johnson jjohnson at mote.org
Mon Jul 17 13:39:52 PDT 2017

Mote Marine Laboratory is accepting applications for a 2-year fellowship 
to support an independent investigator working in any field of marine 
research. The deadline for applications is COB Thursday August 31, 2017.

Fellowship program details and application guidelines are at: 

2017-2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program Overview.*
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.

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 are 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 as independent investigators. Exemplary 
Fellows may be invited to join Mote as Staff Scientists upon completion 
of their initial 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 new Tropical 
Research Laboratory.  Mote’s more than 30 doctoral-level scientists and 
more than 20 research programs are described at mote.org/research.

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

Mote is part of a growing marine research enterprise zone on the Florida 
Gulf coast that includes the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and three National 
Estuary Programs (Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor), Southeast 
Regional Headquarters of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program 
including the Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, 
Florida Wildlife Research Institute, USF College of Marine Sciences, 
SRI, U.S. Geological Survey’s St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science 
Center, and numerous national wildlife refuges and state aquatic 
preserves. Mote is also a member institution of the International 
Consortium for Marine Conservation, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 
National Association of Marine Laboratories, Southeast and Gulf of 
Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association/System, Florida 
Institute of Oceanography, Florida Ocean Alliance,  and Florida Sea Grant.

Applications are invited for any field of marine research in the natural 
sciences. The deadline for applying is COB Thursday August 31, 2017. 
Review of applications may begin August and finalists will be announced 
soon thereafter.
Two-Year Fellowship_
This Fellowship will be awarded in 2017, start in 2018, and last for two 
years assuming appropriate first-year progress. An earlier start date is 
possible. The full-time position includes an annual salary of $47,800.  
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 have an 
established Mote scientist assigned to serve as a dedicated mentor, and 
both will participate in Mote’s Postdoctoral Mentoring Program. The 
Fellow will receive office/laboratory space and funds for startup, 
operations, publication costs, and travel.

This fellowship will be awarded to support an eligible Ph.D. as an 
independent investigator. Applications are invited from recent (since 
January 1, 2015) Ph.D. graduates including those with firm expectation 
of graduation by December 31, 2017.  However, at time of appointment, 
the doctoral (or equivalent professional) degree must have been awarded.

Applications are invited for any field of marine research in the natural 
sciences. 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.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. in 2017-19. A complete 
application will be a single pdf file containing, in the order shown:

1. A letter addressed to the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Committee, 
describing your interest and availability including current employment 
status and eligibility to work.

2. Curriculum vitae.

3. Copy of the Ph.D. diploma or equivalent professional degree (persons 
affirming a certain expectation of graduating by December 31, 2017 may 

4. A three-page essay plus references describing your intended research 
program and suggested mentor (See mote.org/research). It is not 
necessary to obtain a potential mentor’s approval at this stage of the 
application process.  Co-mentors at other institutions will be considered.

5. Three representative journal publications (in press or published). Do 
not send web links to publications.

6. As appropriate, the name and contact information of your major 
professor or postdoctoral supervisor, and

7. The names and contact information for three people who know you and 
your academic and professional work.

Novel media or formats other than pdf essential to an individual’s 
application may be submitted.

Applications from previous recruitment cycles are discouraged. In 
fairness to all applicants and reviewers, only complete applications 
will be accepted. Send applications by email toHumanResources at mote.org 
<mailto:humanresources at mote.org>, using the subject line “2017 Two-Year 
Fellowship Application.” You may also send the seven application items 
listed above by mail to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. Review of applications 
may begin August and finalists will be announced soon thereafter. All 
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without 
regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or 
protected veteran status. Mote is an E-Verify employer.

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