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Current Job Openings

Marine Community Ecologist

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) invites applications for a Marine Community Ecologist research faculty position (12 month renewable appointment). We seek a highly motivated coastal ecologist with notable research achievements. The successful applicant will be expected to make a commitment to excellence in scholarship, student mentoring and outreach and have the ability to develop a well-funded, independent research program. Salary will be provided at 100% for the first two years and 75% from the 3rd year forward, with the expectation that the remaining 25% of salary will be met through external funding. A competitive start-up package will be offered. Applicants must have a Ph. D. degree with significant postdoctoral experience.

The Coastal and Marine Laboratory is committed to research focused on coastal and marine issues of ecological importance that provides the scientific basis for policy decisions. The primary area of interest is in experimental community ecology with a focus on local habitats. The FSUCML is embedded in an area of rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity with an abundance of complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including tidal salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard-bottom reefs dominated by soft coral and sponge communities. It is expected that successful candidates would focus on ecological processes related to these local habitats and environments.

Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a two-page narrative describing their research interests and plans, and a brief graduate student mentoring statement. Applicants are encouraged to present their research in a way that is complementary to, and can form a basis for integrative collaboration with faculty at the FSUCML and on the FSU main campus.

Applications must be sent electronically to lhedwards@fsu.edu. Applicants should also have three letters of recommendation sent to lhedwards@fsu.edu. The closing date for applications is 15 February 2017.

Marine Research Assistant

The FSUCML seeks a highly motivated and organized individual to serve as a Marine Research Assistant to maintain and coordinate use of marine technical equipment in support of research and to participate in research in the laboratory and field with resident faculty. This person will have oversight of all laboratory instrumentation supporting program-wide needs of scientists fulfilling the research mission of the laboratory. Laboratory-based equipment includes but is not limited to compound and stereo microscopes with integrated computers, image analysis software, and high-definition cameras; analytical equipment such as centrifuges, microbalances, and drying ovens, as well as autoclaves; and commercial, -80°C, and walk-in freezers. Field Equipment includes but is not limited to water quality sondes, a CTD, data loggers, dredges and corers. Must be a self-starter able to work independently and have strong critical thinking and communication skills. The successful candidate is expected to interact with and be readily accessible to the researchers and the support staff to ensure equipment functions and provides high quality data. The marine technician will also oversee training of new users and will schedule and monitor use of all technical equipment. The position will be primarily shore-based, with occasional participation in coastal, nearshore, and offshore research. The position reports to the Assistant Director.


  • Minimum education –High school diploma or equivalency and two years’ experience or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to two years.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills are essential.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and field equipment use and maintenance, including compound and stereo microscopes.
  • Proficient with computer applications, including Excel, Word, Access, and Powerpoint.
  • Preferred candidates will have scuba diving skills and certification, boating experience, experience with database management (using access and other database software), image analysis, and GIS.
  • Applicant must be physically capable of conducting rigorous field work and have the flexibility to work long hours.


  • Undergraduate degree in marine or related science; four years of relevant experience or Masters Degree preferred.

Duties Include:

  • Managing all technical support services for the research and education communities at the Marine Lab, to include overseeing training of new users on all technical equipment; scheduling use of all marine technical equipment; and developing and executing maintenance and replacement plans for all laboratory and field technical equipment.
  • Working with staff and researchers to facilitate meeting research objectives and to ensure all requirements by the FSU Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) and FSU Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) are met.
  • Participating in database management, laboratory, and fieldwork with resident faculty. This may also include consecutive days at sea on research vessels.
  • Assisting researchers with maintaining compliance with federal and state regulations including applying for collecting permits, recording and submitting total catches to permitting agencies, and ammedning permits.
  • Other duties in support of the mission, as needed.

To apply, visit Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu. The job identification number is 41225. Submit electronic copies (PDF files preferred) of resume and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Please also notify: Dr. Felicia Coleman, Director, at fcoleman@fsu.edu. Review of applicants will begin 20 January 2017 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified.

FSU is an AA/EO employer. Female and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Assistant Director, Marine Lab Facilities

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) invites applications for the position of Assistant Director, Marine Lab Facilities. We seek a highly motivated individual with notable organizational and management skills who will be responsible for assisting in facilities management, administrative direction, and coordination of staff and activities of the FSUCML.

The person in this position is responsible for the day to day management of research facilities and physical plant and is expected to use a "hands-on" approach to directing the management of facilities and research services. Facilities on site include administrative offices, research laboratories, research holding facilities, research vessels, a seawater system, and dormitories. The successful candidate serves as a member of the FSUCML's senior management team, participating in strategic planning and staffing decisions; supervising facilities and marine operations staff; assisting in the development and maintenance of partnerships throughout the University to attain FSUCML goals and objectives; and supporting the collection, analysis, and reporting of data as appropriate for proposed and ongoing projects or initiatives related to all facilities.

Salary Range

Starting at $52K, or commensurate with experience and credentials.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree and four years' experience in a marine-related service field or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to eight years.

How to Apply

Visit jobs.fsu.edu and search for job opening ID# 41041. Applicants are asked to upload a single PDF document containing (1) a cover letter that describes their interest in the position; (2) a resume; and (3) a list of three references with their contact information.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is identified.

Alternate Boat Captain (OPS)


The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) seeks a highly motivated and organized individual for a part time or full-time alternate boat captain/first mate position onboard the RV APALACHEE, a 65-ft (80 ton), twin engine research vessel. The position will require abilities for precise vessel maneuvering and extensive nighttime work, and deployment of a variety of oceanographic equipment and fishing gears. Other duties include assisting the first captain in vessel maintenance and accommodating research equipment loading, hookup and deployment. Knowledge of hydraulic systems strongly desired. Most of the boat operations will take place in coastal and offshore waters from Florida to Louisiana, from shallow water depths to 3000 m. Cruises typically range from one to seven days in length, though longer cruises (with port-days) are possible. The position reports to the Marine Operations Manager.


We seek an individual who can work well in a dynamic environment with scientists as well as college students from many different disciplines, including marine biology, fisheries ecology and oceanography.

  • Must have at least a 100-ton captain's license and meet all US Coast Guard standards for time at sea and drug testing
  • High school diploma/equivalent and at least four years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of field equipment use and maintenance
  • Proficient in computer applications, including Excel and Word or equivalent software
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work independently, be a self-starter, and have strong critical thinking and communication skills.

To apply, visit http://hr.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=ers/ers_home

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