Research Assistant Scientist, University of Florida

Research Assistant Scientist, University of Florida, open until filled. Recently re-advertised.

This is a full-time (12 month), 100% research, non tenure-track position affiliated with the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS) Program in the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC). The position is supported with funds provided by the Florida Aquarium (FLAQ) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The successful candidate will be housed at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL. The Assistant Research Scientist is expected to develop an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program in the field of marine and coastal science as evidenced by the production of peer-reviewed journal articles and the successful application, management and execution of grants and other fundraising initiatives. The focus of the research will be on marine and coastal science issues which support the management and sustainability of the state’s multi-billion dollar saltwater sport fishing industry and currently established and future conservation and research initiatives associated with The Florida Aquarium. Specific research topics might include, but are not limited to, coral culture and restoration, marine fish breeding, dolphin ID, marine archaeology, and coastal and marine habitat conservation, e.g., coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove stands. The successful candidate will help to establish an internationally recognized partnership in marine and coastal science at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, conduct research that will inform management decisions in marine and coastal ecosystems, especially as they might relate to saltwater sport fish and their supporting habitats, aquatic animal rescue and rehabilitation efforts, and utilize the resources of a major public aquarium to extend the scientific findings to the general public. As a part of this program, the candidate will also have strong involvement with the establishment and management of an FWC/FLAQ facility to house the expansion of these initiatives. Collaborative research with FLAQ, FWC scientists and/or UF faculty is expected and establishing partnerships with other research institutions and local, regional, state and federal agencies is anticipated. The scientist is, in fact, encouraged to work closely with FWC and FLAQ scientists and FAS faculty to develop an innovative and integrated program targeted at coastal and marine management and conservation needs in Florida.