Ocean Career: Charles Darwin Foundation Senior Researcher

The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands (CDF) is recruiting a Senior Scientist to expand our sustainability research portfolio and strengthen the CDF research agenda.

The scientist in this position is expected to develop research with the clear vocation of enhancing and improving the current CDF interdisciplinary research agenda. We seek an outstanding senior professional committed to advancing the conservation of the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve, including the newly decreed Hermandad Marine Reserve, which is considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The research conducted should generate state-of-the-art scientific outputs that generate accurate, published, peer-reviewed articles and policies designed to be implemented within the sustainable development and conservation framework of the Galapagos Islands and enable informed decisions by policymakers.


  • Doctoral degree in any discipline related to the above-mentioned thematic lines or related fields.
  • At least five years of experience in sustainability-related research within one or more of the fields mentioned above.
  • Author or co-author of at least a dozen publications (at least five as first author) in internationally indexed peer-review journals. Additional publications of edited or co-edited books, chapters, and/or policy briefs are considered assets.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, plan and carry out fieldwork in isolated and remote areas during extended periods.
  • If related to marine research, the applicant should have advanced experience (at least five years) in scientific diving (Rescue Diver or higher, with at least 100 scientific diving trips). Ability and/or certification in “apnea” diving is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out successful workshops, meetings, and other participatory methodologies with authorities and local stakeholders.
  • A successful record in writing research proposals and securing funding for scientific research, especially from external agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data, write research papers, and produce field and technical reports.
  • Ability/experience in supervising and training junior staff and students.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (oral, writing, reading).
  • Proficient/advanced knowledge in software packages, with interest/relevance for the topic/theme their expertise relates to.
  • Previous experience in conducting research in island-related environments is desirable.
  • Ability to achieve and maintain positive relationships with government officials, fishers, tour operators, guides, and other productive sectors (as relevant to the applicant’s field of specialization).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in social and work-related environments, plus the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Proactive personality; able to work under pressure.
  • Able to work well with tight schedules.

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