Postdoctoral Position in Benthic Marine Biology (closes 1/20/2018)

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Postdoctoral Position in Benthic Marine Biology (closes 1/20/2018)

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Annie Mercier, Department of Ocean Sciences, Memorial University (, St. John’s, NL, Canada.

About the Mercier Lab:

Research in the Mercier Lab examines the interactions between benthic invertebrates and environmental factors at various scales, using a wide spectrum of approaches and techniques, typically combining field samplings and experimental trials with microscopic/cellular and biomarker analyses. Main foci revolve around deep-sea biology, life-history strategies, endogenous and exogenous drivers of gametogenesis/spawning, and species interactions. Applied research explores the impact of ocean acidification and other stressors on benthic invertebrates, and examines questions related to fisheries and aquaculture. Located in the easternmost province of Canada and operating out of the Ocean Sciences Centre, the laboratory offers a unique opportunity to work in a stimulating and dynamic research environment, directly on the shores of the North Atlantic (

Position summary:

The successful candidate will primarily work on developing a deeper understanding of the commercial sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa in the North Atlantic, from fundamental and applied perspectives. The project involves work on the behaviour, basic ecology and biochemistry of the species, tied to aquaculture and fishery-related questions. The successful candidate will also lead interactions with stakeholders from government and the sea cucumber industry, and will be expected to participate in collaborative team research. The initial appointment is for 1-year, with re-appointments of up to 2 subsequent years possible, contingent on satisfactory performance and continued funding.


(i) PhD in marine biology, or equivalent.
(ii) Demonstrated expertise in echinoderm biology, ecology and/or physiology.
(iii) Knowledge of marine invertebrate husbandry or aquaculture.
(iv) Familiarity with marine invertebrate fisheries and conservation.
(v) Familiarity with cold-water environments and sea cucumbers considered an asset.
(vi) Strong analytical, organisational and multi-tasking skills.
(vii) Proficiency in both written and oral English.

Salary: CAD $45,000-55,000 a year, including benefits.

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

(i) Cover letter outlining qualifications for the position and fit with Dr. Mercier's research.
(ii) Curriculum vitae with full publication record.
(iii) Names and contact information of four referees.

The position has an expected start date of May 2018, but this may be negotiated. Applications and specific questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Annie Mercier ( Review of applicants will begin immediately and proceed until the position is filled.

Edited By:
Paul F. Kemp[ASLO Staff and Support] @ Nov 21, 2017 - 12:17 PM (America/Mountain)