Ocean Career: GMRI Zooplankton Ecologist

GMRI is seeking qualified candidates to establish a new research group that investigates climate-zooplankton-upper trophic interactions across spatial and temporal scales in the Gulf of Maine and adjacent Large Marine Ecosystems.

The successful candidate will have experience with: (a) field-based experimental design and data collection, (b) in-lab analytical approaches, and (c) zooplankton modeling and forecasting to examine temporal and spatial variability in distribution, community structure, and ecology, with a focus on how these are affected by climate change, ecosystem conditions, and anthropogenic stressors. A strong quantitative background in, and technical knowledge of, zooplankton biology and ecology is preferred.


  • Conduct high-impact, independent scientific research in the fields of biological oceanography, zooplankton ecology, lower trophic dynamics, and/or lower trophic energy flow to understand food web dynamics, fisheries ecology, ecosystem functioning, and/or climate-related changes to these interactions
  • Develop scientific priorities in lower trophic ecology in response to emerging marine resource and environmental challenges and opportunities, and in alignment with the mission and strategic plan of GMRI
  • Develop innovative methodologies (field, laboratory, modeling) for examining, quantifying, and predicting zooplankton dynamics in coastal and marine systems
  • Contribute lower trophic understanding to the modeling of fisheries and ecosystems
  • Support, guide, and lead large-scale, successful research proposals in biological oceanography, marine ecology, fisheries, and marine ecosystems science that foster interdisciplinary collaboration across GMRI and with external collaborators (Federal, State, Academic, non-profit)
  • Communicate research results to scientific, management, stakeholder, and general public audiences through peer-reviewed papers, presentations, and other media
  • Serve in leadership capacities on local, state, regional, national, and international scientific councils in the ocean/climate/biological oceanography domains
  • Interact with internal groups and external partners to identify ways of improving, advancing, and better integrating work on climate change
  • impacts, adaptation, and resilience to enhance and extend impact
  • Occasional domestic or international travel to meetings, workshops, and scientific conferences
  • Participate in GMRI Communications and Development activities, as appropriate

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in biological oceanography, zooplankton ecology, lower trophic dynamics, or a related field
  • Research expertise in climate-ecosystem dynamics and effects of lower trophic forcing on marine fisheries
  • Knowledge of climate-zooplankton effects on lower trophic community risk, vulnerability, adaptation, mitigation, and resilience
  • Prior experience working in collaborative settings with scientists, natural resource-based industry or business stakeholders, natural resource managers, and/or community members
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including a robust record of publication in the peer-reviewed literature
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, lead a group of junior and early career scientists, and contribute as part of a larger, cross-organizational, collaborative team
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills to manage multiple tasks and timelines
  • Fluent in English
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Other Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience working on cross-disciplinary projects as part of multi-institutional collaboration teams
  • Prior experience in successfully securing competitively-awarded research funding
  • Experience with a range of scientific approaches—field-based data collection, laboratory analyses, and computational modeling
  • Experience in time series analyses and the development of indicators and metrics
  • Experience integrating lower trophic data with data from other sources, including satellites, moored arrays, and shipboard, oceanographic sampling
  • Experience developing and communicating scientific results through novel, compelling approaches to data visualization

Salary and Benefits:

  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Salary: $88,900 - $159,900

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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