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Osborn, Karen via annelida%40net.bio.net (by OsbornK from si.edu)
Mon Feb 10 09:35:10 EST 2014

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From: Larson, Kristen
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 8:16 AM
Subject: FW: Biologist position: Please circulate

The fouling group is looking for an additional person, mainly to focus on the identification of polychaetes.  Please forward this on to people you think might be interested.  Thanks!

Kristen Larson
Project Coordinator - Fouling Survey
Marine Invasions Research Lab
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Rd.
Edgewater MD, 21037
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Marine Biologist

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is advertising 1 position for a Biologist to support a diverse range of activities within the Marine Invasions Research Laboratory.

Job Objectives: Participate as part of a research team on analysis of marine invertebrate communities in bays and estuaries of North America.

Principal Duties: Assists in collection and analysis of marine invertebrate in bays and estuaries.  Core responsibilities will include (1) participation in field-based surveys and collections of invertebrate communities, (2) sorting and identification to species level for organisms across a diverse taxonomic range, (3) specialization on identification and biogeography of polychaetes, (4) preservation, curation, and data management surrounding the above collections and specimens.  A strong emphasis will be on identification of polychaetes.  Applicant must be willing and able to (a) travel for weeks at a time in summer, (b) spend significant time working at the microscope, and (c) work well with a group of researchers.
Location: The position is based either at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), Edgewater, Maryland or Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC), Tiburon, California.  The Marine Invasions Research Laboratory has facilities and staff at each location involved in this research and currently has a staff of approximately 30 biologists who conduct research throughout the country and overseas, in collaboration with researchers from a variety of other institutions (http://www.serc.si.edu/labs/marine_invasions/people/people.aspx).

Education / Experience: Bachelors or Masters Degree in marine biology or equivalent.

Skills: Applicant must have strong background and knowledge in marine invertebrate zoology and knowledge or aptitude for species-level identification, especially for polychaetes.  Some training with taxonomic experts may be required, but the successful applicant should have prior knowledge and experience with invertebrate taxonomy and microscopy.  This position requires excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a team are also essential.

Annual Salary: $34,415-$46,382, depending on location and experience, plus a full package of paid leave and benefits.

Duration: 1 year renewable, based upon satisfactory performance and availability of continued funding.  Anticipated start date in March 2014.

To Apply: Please submit current resume as well as names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 professional references. Applications should be submitted to Laura Falsone (falsonel from si.edu), Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, P.O. Box 28, Edgewater, MD 21037 USA. Email submission preferred.  Applications received before 19 February 2014 will receive full consideration.  Position is open until filled.
Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Karen Osborn
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Research Zoologist/Curator
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, MRC-163
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012 USA

Courier address:
Smithsonian Institution, MRC 0163, Natural History, West Loading Dock
10th and Constitution Ave., Washington, DC 20560

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