Employment/Internships

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Working at the Ecosystems Center is like joining a family, and a career with us is more than a job.  We provide a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, innovative thinking and teamwork, making it a great place to grow and develop professionally.

Current Opportunities

Open Faculty Search

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is hiring faculty at all levels to expand our program in coastal ecosystems ecology. Scientists with an interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary studies on coastal estuaries, bays, marshes, and/or coastal watersheds across the globe will be considered. Applicants from communities underrepresented in science, or with a strong history of service to these communities, are particularly encouraged. Candidates applying at the Associate or Senior level should demonstrate the potential to take a leadership role in the Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program (pie-lter.ecosystems.mbl.edu/) or the Semester in Environmental Science (mbl.edu/ses/). We seek candidates with diverse areas of research expertise, including, but not limited to, biogeochemistry and its controls, trophic interactions, ecological modeling, and community and ecosystem ecology. Top priority will be given to candidates demonstrating interest in conducting research within the broad context of global climate change and other anthropogenic influences on the coastal zone. The Ecosystems Center (mbl.edu/ecosystems/) was founded four decades ago to investigate the structure and functioning of ecological systems and predict their responses to changing environmental conditions. The current faculty is highly collaborative, with strength in biogeochemistry, ecological modeling, microbial ecology, microbial dynamics, plant-soil interactions, coastal processes, and adaption to life on land (mbl.edu/ecosystems/faculty/). Ecosystems faculty also collaborate with other groups at MBL with expertise in molecular evolution, functional genomics, microbial diversity, developmental and regenerative biology, bioinformatics, and advanced imaging techniques. MBL’s iniative in coastal ecosystems ecology complements other strategic initiatives at MBL involving microbiome research, the development of aquatic organisms as new research tools, and advanced imaging and image analysis. The MBL is an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

Summer Field Assistant - Arctic LTER

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for 2 summer field assistant positions on an ongoing ecological research project. These positions will be located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska.

Summer Field Assistant - Arctic Lake Warming

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for a temporary field assistant positions on a lake warming project. The positions will largely be located at the Toolik Field Station in northern Alaska.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - PIE LTER

The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for two 10-week positions in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Arctic LTER

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions. REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). Successful candidates will participate in field research on either terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems in the Toolik Lake Research Natural Area on the North Slope of Alaska.

Postdoctoral Scientist - Modeling Agricultural Biogeochemical Cycles

The Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole invites applications for a postdoctoral scientist who will develop a new agricultural biogeochemical model that is open source, based on some existing models such as the “Community Land Model” (CLM). A comprehensive crop submodel is expected to be developed that incorporates management options, including organic farming and carbon farming. The model will be parameterized and validated from intensive field measurement data, including eddy flux, chamber measurements, and soil coring data. Maintaining and analyzing these field data are also expected for the postdoc. The model will be eventually web-based and easily used by farmers and land managers.

Computational Postdoctoral Scientist

A computational postdoctoral position in Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling is available at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole.  This NSF-funded, collaborative project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will focus on combining thermodynamics and trait-based biogeochemical models to augment an existing marine ecosystem modeling framework (“Darwin model”) developed at MIT.

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