Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Coral Reproduction and Conservation


LOCATIONS: Hawaii and Australia


SALARY:  $60,000/yr USD for 2 yrs

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science are seeking an enthusiastic Post-Doctoral Fellow to use reproductive sciences for coral conservation in Australia.  This fellowship will be part of a global multidisciplinary program to generate new knowledge and find solutions to high priority conservation problems focused on species reproductive fitness and survival of coral reefs.

JOB SUMMARY:  The Smithsonian Institution is seeking a post-doctoral fellow who will be responsible for conducting coral reproductive research and cryopreservation under the direction of Dr. Mary Hagedorn. Dr. Hagedorn will train the prospective candidate in cryopreservation methods for many reef species, including coral.

Responsibilities include:  develop and coordinate a reproductive research program for improving cryopreservation as applied to coral gametes and embryos, expand knowledge of coral reproductive biology and development, develop partnerships that will ensure research and conservation outcomes from the knowledge gained and material stored; train students and project partners in the required technology to increase capacity and impact of this work; analyze, present and publish research data in various forms; perform other related duties as assigned to support the mission of the international partnership.

The successful candidate will participate in on-site research both in Hawaii and Australia, training in cryopreservation and field research in Australia, they will coordinate with Australian partners and work to integrate cryopreservation and genome banking into a research program centered in Australia.

REQUIREMENTS:  a PhD in marine biology, cell biology or biophysics; high degree of motivation for scientific and conservation outcomes; multi-tasking; high degree of organization; ability to work well both in a group environment and individually; and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. The successful applicant must have a strong publication record, and a demonstrated ability to conduct and publish research independently and as part of a team.

TO APPLY: Please submit a letter of interest and a 2-page research proposal centered on the stated research themes by the closing date. Supply this to the contact person listed below.

CLOSING DATE: Dec 15, 2015 5 PM Hawaii Standard Time

CONTACT: Dr. Mary Hagedorn (

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