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Director of the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML)

Recruitment for this position is ongoing and will continue until filled. Initial review of applications will commence on September 15, 2019.

The MISSION of the FSUCML is to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research that contributes to solving ecological problems and providing the scientific foundation for informed policy decisions.

The VISION for the FSUCML is to be an internationally recognized center for coastal and marine science, setting the agenda for research and education and remaining a trusted source for the scientific advice.

Job Description:
The successful candidate will lead the FSUCML as it embarks upon an exciting period of growth and development. The Director will foster research, education, and a spirit of entrepreneurship, inspiring new collaborations and interdisciplinary efforts across the Laboratory, the university, and the scientific community. Potential candidates must have a record that demonstrates leadership, accomplishment in research and scholarship, and a strong commitment to achieving the vision for the Laboratory. The academic credentials of the candidate must be suitable for appointment at the rank of at least Senior Research Scientist, including an academic doctorate or highest-level terminal degree from an accredited institution, although highly accomplished and experienced mid-level candidates will also be considered for the position. Exceptional candidates, currently holding tenure, or a substantially equivalent designation, may be considered for tenure upon appointment. Candidates must be committed to: 1) strengthening the research, education, outreach and policy engagement activities of the Laboratory; 2) facilitating a diversity of partnerships in science and policy; and 3) communicating the mission of the laboratory and the achievements of its scientists to a variety of stakeholders. The Director and the FSUCML staff offices are located at the Laboratory in St. Teresa, FL. The Director will report directly to Vice President for Research, Gary K. Ostrander.


  • Assume overall responsibility for the operation of the FSUCML and its services.
  • Strengthen cooperation with departments, universities, government agencies, NGOs and businesses.
  • Develop programs that promote excellence in all facets of the Laboratory’s mission.
  • Identify and lead the pursuit of funding opportunities through private foundations, philanthropic individuals and organizations, and corporate partnerships in support of the Laboratory and its faculty and students.
  • Reach out to decision makers and the public to promote environmental protection, the interests of the FSUCML and its achievements.

The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory is located 40 miles south of Tallahassee, on the unspoiled ‘Forgotten Coast’ of the Florida Panhandle. Research at the FSUCML focuses on estuarine and marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea; scientists at the Laboratory also direct individual projects at other locations from the Atlantic coast of the Southeastern US to the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific. Funding for the Laboratory includes an $8 million grant from Triumph Gulf Coast for our Apalachicola Bay System Initiative (ABSI). This project is the lynchpin of a new, 10-year commitment to restore Apalachicola Bay, specifically, the once-extensive and productive oyster reef system. The ABSI will shape the activities and growth of the FSUCML for the next decade, including hiring additional research faculty and expanding the laboratory’s facilities.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, vision statement (1-2 page description of the candidate’s vision for the FSUCML and how their qualifications would enable them to effectively direct that vision) and the names of four references with contact information to Kelly Starke, Assistant to the Vice President of Research at Nominations of outstanding potential candidates and questions about the position should be directed to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Joseph Travis at

The Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer and the FSUCML is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.

Last Updated: Friday, July 26, 2019 at 2:53 PM