[MARMAM] Cetacean Research Vacancy at NOAA’S Marine Mammal Laboratory

Sonja Kromann - NOAA Federal sonja.kromann at noaa.gov
Thu Oct 17 11:19:37 PDT 2019

The Marine Mammal Laboratory (MML) of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center
(National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA) has opened a vacancy announcement
for a permanent federal position as Program Leader for MML’s Cetacean
Assessment and Ecology Program. This position is a permanent, Band IV,
supervisory position in the federal ZP series.
Applications will be accepted for 14 days from 15 – 28 October
2019. Announcements for this Supervisory Research Biologist ZP-0401-4
position have been posted in two categories
(candidates may apply for this single position under one or both of the
categories for which they qualify).Information can be found at USAJOBS
under the following links:

*NMFS-AKC-2019-0057:* https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547237500
(Delegated Examining Authority -- open to U.S. citizens).

*NMFS-AKC-2019-0058:* https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547237600
(Merit Promotion Authority -- open only to current and former federal

The Marine Mammal Laboratory’s Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program
(CAEP) is responsible for conducting studies and reviewing research to
assess the status of whales in Alaskan waters (from the North Pacific Ocean
to the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas). Recent studies have focused on
North Pacific right, bowhead,gray, humpback, beluga and killer whales, as
well as and Dall’s and harbor porpoise. Past studies have looked at blue,
fin, sei, minke, sperm, and beaked whales, as well as the Pacific
white-sided dolphin. Species-specific
information is gathered on abundance, trends, stock structure, habitat use,
seasonal movements, and feeding ecology using aerial or vessel counts,
acoustic studies, satellite telemetry, genetic studies, and
photo-identification. CAEP currently has a total of about 25 staff,
including permanent employees, non-federal collaborators, and post-docs.
The program is known for its innovative work and its strong publication
record. Some of the Program’s scientists
participate in domestic and international science and management meetings,
including representing the United Statesat the International Whaling
Commission.  The Program Leader is responsible for the scientific direction
and administration of CAEP, as well as direct and
indirect supervision of staff. Candidates are sought who have demonstrated
leadership skills, supervisory experience, and a broad scientific vision. A
Ph.D. in biology (or a related field) and a strong publication record
are considered essential.  This is a special opportunity to join and lead a
talented and dynamic group of cetacean researchers, who are an important
part of the nearly 100 staff comprising the Marine Mammal Laboratory. We
welcome applications from
all qualified and interested members of the marine mammal research
community. If that is you, please go to USAJOBS and submit an application.
And please pass this notification along to others who may be interested
as well.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at +1 (206)

All the best,
John L. Bengtson, Director
Marine Mammal Laboratory
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
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