Position Announcements

THREE VACANCIES WITHIN FLORIDA’S HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOM PROGRAM

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)/Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), St. Petersburg, FL

The Harmful Algal Bloom Program at FWRI/FWC invites applications for the following three positions. To learn about some of the program activities, please visit: http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/.  Inquiries about any of these positions may be sent to FWCHAB@gmail.com.  

(1) ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST (requisition 77907091, OPS F&W Technician)  
The Assistant Research Scientist will oversee and conduct routine and event-response phytoplankton sample analysis in support of FWC’s state-wide HAB monitoring program. The position is a full-time, hourly position starting at $18/hour, equivalent to $35,640/year. We expect health benefits for this position to be available January 1, 2014. 

The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing workflow in the taxonomy laboratory (i.e., prioritizing daily tasks, ensuring sample analysis is conducted by specified deadlines); receiving and logging samples into databases; identifying and enumerating marine and estuarine phytoplankton species collected in live and preserved samples; and entering data into databases. The ideal candidate will also participate in collaborative projects with other researchers. Minimum qualifications include a B.S. in biology, marine science or other relevant field (M.S. or Ph.D. strongly preferred); formal training in marine phytoplankton taxonomy; demonstrated skills in identifying and enumerating phytoplankton using light microscopy; experience in harmful algal bloom monitoring and/or research; supervisory experience; and potential for publishing. 

(2) RESEARCH TECHNICIAN (requisition 77903034, OPS F&W Technician) 
The Research Technician will assist with fieldwork and laboratory analysis in support of FWC’s state-wide HAB monitoring program. The position is a full-time, hourly position starting at $14/hour, equivalent to $27,720/year. We expect health benefits for this position to be available January 1, 2014. 

The incumbent will be responsible for collecting seawater and environmental data in the field; filtering seawater samples; analyzing flow cytometry samples; conducting dissolved nutrient, particulate nutrient, and chlorophyll a analyses; entering and maintaining data; and assisting with other laboratory duties (e.g. washing glassware and sample vials, labeling sample containers). We especially encourage applications by candidates with experience using flow-cytometry to characterize phytoplankton communities.  Experience operating and trailering small vessels is a plus. Participation in other program activities, such as outreach, is expected as requested.  Minimum qualifications include a B.S. in a biological or chemical discipline; the ability to communicate effectively and work well with others; excellent organizational skills; skill in standard laboratory techniques; experience working in laboratories; the ability to work independently, follow standard operating protocols, troubleshoot and maintain quality control standards in the laboratory; a working knowledge of MS Office applications such as Excel and the ability to perform basic data analysis. 

(3) POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER (requisition 77901870, OPS F&W Bio Scientist II)
We are also seeking applications for a one-year, full-time, post-doctoral position ($22/hr) with no benefits.  Depending on the candidate’s strengths and research interests, the post-doctoral researcher, will conduct: (1) laboratory studies identifying and quantifying dinoflagellate excystment and encystment cues; (2) culture experiments focused on competition between HAB species; and (3) analyses of picoplankton community structure across broad geographic provinces.  A project will be identified before the start of the position. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biology, marine science or other relevant field; experience in harmful algal bloom and/or phytoplankton biology, ecology or physiology; strong potential for collaborations; and a demonstrated publication record. 

Please see the full announcements at http://jobs.myflorida.com. To apply: (1) search for the requisition or position and submit a State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically at http://jobs.myflorida.com/joblist.html AND (2) email a cover letter, CV and the names of three references together in a single PDF document to FWCHAB@gmail.com. Both steps must be completed before applicants are considered. Applications submitted by June 19, 2013 will be given priority.