Ocean Career: National Marine Mammal Foundation Research Scientist

Personnel in this position will provide support in the area of basic and applied research for improving conservation of marine mammal populations. Work will focus on (1) performing data analysis related to wildlife epidemiology using statistical models in R, (2) assisting with writing scientific documents for a variety of audiences, and (3) assisting with the planning and design of scientific research projects.

Salary is commensurate with experience and proven success at writing scientific publications and proposals in a related field. Preference will be given to applicants in the Charleston, SC, area, but remote candidates are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Complete investigative studies of wildlife epidemiology and marine mammal physiology, ecology, behavior, bioacoustics, genetics, or health effects associated with exposure to environmental stressors
  • Perform applied research supporting the conservation of marine mammals and/or restoration approaches to support recovery of marine mammal populations
  • Conduct scientific investigations in advanced analytical techniques to support quantification of injuries and restoration planning in wild marine mammal populations following exposure to environmental stressors
  • Lead and support preparation and technical reviews of scientific proposals, manuscripts, reports, protocols, experimental design, customer interaction, and formal presentations
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Scientific research design, methodology, and statistics
  • Data analysis and interpretation using the R software environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Strong organizational skills


Ph.D. in Life Sciences (such as biology, wildlife epidemiology, psychology, animal behavior, or other related field) or Statistics, Mathematics, or Computer Science

Work Environment

  • Travel is required for meeting attendance, workshops, and potentially field work.
  • Field work may include open ocean locations and physical activities on and around water and watercraft, including animal manipulations and animal health assessments.
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling, sliding and transferring objects, diving, and boat operation may be required, especially during field work.

Compensation: $48.11 - $80.00 per hour

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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