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Search for a New Executive Director for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) is seeking its next full‐time Executive Director to carry on from the current Executive Director, Dr. Ed Urban, who will retire this fall. SCOR is an interdisciplinary committee of the International Science Council and is the leading non‐governmental organization for the promotion and coordination of international ocean science activities (see‐ Thirty nations currently have national SCOR committees and form SCOR’s foundation. SCOR activities include (1) working groups that address focused ocean science topics, (2) large‐scale ocean research projects, (3) a variety of infrastructural activities for ocean science, and (4) ocean science capacity building.

The duties of the SCOR Executive Director include the following:

  • Serve as the staff for the SCOR Executive Committee, SCOR Finance Committee, and SCOR Committee on Capacity Building;
  • Manage the SCOR Secretariat, raising funds from national SCOR committees, and national and international funding agencies;
  • Manage spending for SCOR activities according to the annual SCOR budget and regulations of financial sponsors;
  • Organize SCOR Annual Meetings;
  • Coordinate with national SCOR committees and partner organizations;
  • Prepare written reports for SCOR Annual Meetings and documents to publicize SCOR activities; and
  • Lead outreach activities for SCOR, including preparation of tri‐annual SCOR Newsletters, Tweets, and Facebook posts, and maintenance of the SCOR Website.

Applicants should preferably have (1) a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a field of marine, Earth, or environmental sciences; (2) significant management experience in such a field; (3) excellent oral and written communication skills in English; (4) a record of successful grants; and (5) basic knowledge of accounting and financial management practices.

The new SCOR Executive Director will be based in United States; the SCOR Secretariat is currently located at the University of Delaware. The candidate should to be either a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the United States, having a “green card” or H1B Visa. The position requires international travel.

The starting annual salary will be competitive and will depend on qualifications, salary history, and experience of the successful applicant. Interviews will take place at the University of Delaware during the week of 10‐14 June 2019.

A letter of application with a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be e‐ mailed no later than 1 April 2019 to the SCOR Secretary, Prof. Paul G. Myers at pmyers<at>  Any informal queries about this post may be addressed to the SCOR President (Dr. Marie‐Alexandrine Sicre, Marie‐Alexandrine.Sicre<at>locean‐ or SCOR Executive Director (Dr. Ed Urban, ed.urban<at>scor‐

The original announcement is availabe to download as pdf file here.

Assistant Professor, Marine chemist, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA

JOB TITLE: Assistant Professor, Marine chemist

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by January 31, 2019. Second consideration may be given to applications received by February 28, 2019. Applications received subsequent to the second consideration date (February 28, 2019) may not be given full consideration.


The Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) at the University of Rhode Island invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor within the broad specialization of marine chemistry. The position will be an academic year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2019. We seek applications from researchers who specialize in any aspect of marine chemistry or chemical oceanography. The new hire will enter the vibrant research community at URI and the many neighboring academic institutions within New England. Opportunities exist to participate in the active sea-going community of GSO, the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, and the Ocean Exploration Trust, to utilize platforms such as R/V Endeavor, E/V Nautilus and the newly awarded Regional-Class Research Vessel. Physical facilities include the Marine Science Research Facility, Brown Center for Computation and Visualization, Rhode Island Genomics & Sequencing Center, and the NSF Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation and Modeling Program for Narragansett Bay. In general, we invite individuals with a strong commitment to research, to excellent teaching and mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Job Summary/Basic Function:

The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded research program. The candidate will contribute to teach graduate and undergraduate classes, to contribute to the graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.) through advising and research committee participation.



(1) Ph.D. or equivalent by the time of position hire appointment September 1, 2019) in oceanography, geochemistry, chemistry, biology, engineering, or related field.
(2) Demonstrated record of scholarly achievement as shown by publications, presentations at scientific meetings, honors, patents, and/or awards.
(3) Demonstrated potential for the development of an independently funded research program as shown by research statement or previously funded grants and/or awards.
(4) Research strengths and teaching potential that complement existing programs and foci at GSO and in affiliated departments.
(5) Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.
(6) Demonstrated proficiency in interpersonal and oral communication skills.
(7) Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.


Preference may be given to applicants that meet one or more of the following criteria;
We encourage applicants with a seagoing component to their research, as well as applicants working in high latitudes.

(1) Interest and experience in field and particularly seagoing research.
(2) Research and scholarly activity in high latitude regions.
(3) Potential for interdisciplinary collaborations.
(4) Teaching and/or mentoring experience.
(5) Post PhD research experience.
(6) Previous success with research funding.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Prof. Brice Loose (, Assoc. Professor, URI Graduate School of Oceanography

Open position, Principal Biogeochemist, PNNL’s Marine Sciences Laboratory, Sequim, USA

 Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308401
Directorate: Energy & Environment
Division: Coastal Sciences
Group: Coastal Research

Job Description

PNNL’s Marine Sciences Laboratory is developing robust marine research programs in Sustainable Environmental Systems focused on renewable ocean energy, climate change impacts in the coastal ocean, ecological restoration, ecotoxicology, marine biotechnology, and contaminant fate and effects in the coastal ocean.
This position will identify and steward growth areas in coastal/marine biogeochemistry, lead proposals, and manage and carry out research projects/programs strategic to the energy, environment, and security focus of the Marine Sciences Laboratory (MSL). The incumbent will be responsible for growth in MSL programs focused on research and technology development in marine biogeochemistry. This could include ultra-trace analytical chemistry, investigations into minor and trace element biogeochemical cycling, extraction of minerals from seawater, sediment biogeochemistry, marine radiochemistry or another relevant area of growth.
The principal biogeochemist will work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to manage and grow a biogeochemistry program, building on the facilities and expertise that already exists at the MSL. Responsibilities will include:
- Overall Technical Leadership and Vision
~ Identifies future needs
~ Defines objectives
~ Builds opportunities and uses existing expertise
~ Overall growth of the biogeochemistry group at MSL

- Business Development
~ Identify emerging opportunities
~ Coordinate and participate in the pursuit of opportunities
~ Lead and engage in writing of white papers and proposals
~ Ensure proposed solutions include broad cross-section of PNNL technical capabilities to meet client technical needs

- Project Management
~ The staff member will be accountable for scope, schedule and budget activities to deliver high technical quality of research project work products; and directing teams of peers and subordinates.
~ The staff member will manage a portfolio of mid to large scale projects.

- Delivery and Communication
~ Ensure communication with current and potential clients are coordinated with sector management and consistent with the sector strategy
~ Ensure products communicate “why the work is important and the sponsor cares” at a layman’s level and within the context of successful site operations
~ Ensure successes are thoroughly communicated up and down the chain with credit to appropriate scientists

- Leading and mentoring technical staff.

*This position is based in Sequim, Washington*

Minimum Qualifications

- BS with 9+ years’ experience, or MS/MA with 7+ years’ experience, or PhD with 5+ years’ experience.
- Established national leader in biogeochemistry.
- Exceptional research, as well as the ability to work on several tasks concurrently.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and effective communication.
- Good track record of peer review publications and participation in events as an invited speaker.
- Good network across academic and industrial partners.
- Proven ability to set realistic expectations and deliver work on time and in budget.
- Strong sense of integrity and proven leadership.
- Excellent oral and written skills.

Preferred Qualifications

- MS or PhD degree with at least 8 years of experience in chemical oceanography or a closely related field.
- Knowledge and experience of minor and trace analysis applied to marine systems
- Experience managing diverse teams of people.
- Ability to manage sensitive business situations and influence positive outcomes.
- Experience with development of field- and process-oriented biogeochemical research programs

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

To apply:


Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus 2018

The Foundation for Science and Technology of Portugal (FCT) has announced a call for new scientific positions at all levels (Junior researcher, Assistant Researcher, Principal Researcher, Coordinating Researcher). The call will be open between 17th January and 20th February 2019. Successful applicants will be hosted at The Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.

Those interested to apply should send an e-mail to (subject: Scientific Employment 2018) addressed to the director and include:

Motivation letter including planned research goals and up to two contact for references;
Curriculum vitae;
level of the application.
CCMAR will reply shortly and may carry out online interviews.

More information on the posts available can be found at the FCT website, including details on each research category. Note that the posting is in Portuguese, with an English version to be made available soon.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Oceanography, University of Washington

The UW School of Oceanography is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work with a team (Crusius, Murray, Bundy) focused on understanding the inputs of metals and/or metal isotopes to Gulf of Alaska surface waters. This position will contribute to a project that involves land-based sampling in remote Alaskan island and/or coastal locations, together with metal and isotopic analyses, aimed at assessing the dust flux to Gulf of Alaska surface waters and at distinguishing Alaskan dust, Asian dust, and fossil fuel-derived inputs.

This position is full-time (100% FTE), 12-months/year, with an initial term appointment of one year (12 months), renewable for a second year, assuming satisfactory performance.

The start date is negotiable and the position is available immediately.  

To apply, and to learn more about the position,see

Any questions about the position can be directed to John Crusius at

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