Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Zoologist

Institution
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Location
Washington, DC
Closing Date
21 December 2018

A zoologist is sought by the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office of Science and Technology, in Washington DC.

Responsibilities

  • Manage a comprehensive scientific research program involving genomics and other advanced technologies to conduct collections-based research on systematics, taxonomy, and evolutionary biology of marine vertebrates of ecological and economic importance to the United States.
  • Seek funding to build and support an internationally recognized, collaborative research program to advance knowledge of marine vertebrate species by conceiving, developing, and writing complex, integrated project proposals.
  • Act as a subject matter expert answering queries on the biology and ecology of marine vertebrate species, providing technical assistance, and reviewing manuscripts submitted to scientific journals.
  • Engage in a variety of outreach and training activities to support the development of biodiversity scientists, such as teaching courses and mentoring students, providing tours of museum collections, giving public lectures, writing popular essays for general audiences, etc.
  • Assist with the curation of marine vertebrate collections for the National Systematics Lab in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), ensuring that valuable biological specimens are legally deposited into NMNH collections and that they are well cared for.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a degreen zoology; or a related discipline or field of science that included at least 20 semester hours in zoology and related animal sciences or a combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in zoology, or in a related discipline. 

Specialized experience in the following is desired:

  • Conducting research on living organisms and their distribution, characteristics, life processes, and relationships with the environment;
  • Assisting in seeking and justifying funding for collaborative research programs focused on marine vertebrate species by participating in the development of project proposals;
  • Collaborating with others in the scientific field by reviewing manuscripts, teaching courses, acting as a mentor, giving lectures, and writing essays, etc; and
  • Assisting in the curation of marine vertebrate collections and other biological specimens to ensure their protection and longevity.  
  • Managing a research program focused on living organisms and their distribution, characteristics, life processes, and relationships with the environment;
  • Developing project proposals to seek and justify funding for collaborative research programs focused on marine vertebrate species;
  • Collaborating with others in the scientific field by reviewing manuscripts, teaching courses, acting as a mentor, giving lectures, and writing essays, etc.
  • Assisting in the curation of marine vertebrate collections and other biological specimens to ensure their protection and longevity.

To Apply

For more information about this position and to apply online, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518823900.

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