Staff chemist- ocean acidification (Mote Marine Laboratory

Deadline to apply: 5 October 2018

The Ocean Acidification Program at Mote Marine Laboratory seeks a staff chemist with a minimum 2 years experience with experimental seawater ocean acidification facilities including carbonate chemistry experience. This position will be located in Summerland Key, Florida at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Restoration and Research (IC2R3). General duties to be performed include working with research-focused outdoor raceways and the OAFTERU (Ocean Acidification Flow Thru Experimental Raceway Units) at IC2R3. This includes maintaining the water system, sample collection, measuring total alkalinity, dissolved inorganic carbon, spectrophotometric pH, and other water quality parameters. Tasks also include maintaining the dry ocean acidification (OA) laboratory, maintaining the dry chemistry laboratory, keeping track of and ordering all supplies and materials, keeping all OA-related work organized, data entry, and some field work.

This position has the possibility for proposal and publication writing.  The staff chemist will also be responsible for managing and mentoring student interns year round. This position might require longer days and weekend work.  Travel to the main lab in Sarasota, Florida is possible.  Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and must be able to work in a hot/outdoor environment. Open water SCUBA required, AAUS SCUBA preferred. Expected start date is November 1, 2018


  • B.S required, M.S preferred. Preferably with a chemistry or ocean acidification background.
  • Knowledge of coral reef ecosystems
  • Familiar with organism life support for ocean acidification testing
  • Familiar with standard computer software, data handling applications such as R and database management
  • U.S. citizenship or foreign citizen’s U.S. work permit appropriate for the work is required

Special Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of ocean acidification, CO2Sys or CO2Calc, and monitoring equipment
  • Previous laboratory and experimental systems experience, especially with carbonate chemistry instruments
  • Familiar with marine organism experimental testing equipment (pH monitoring probes, temperature probes, tanks, pumps, filters, heaters, etc.)
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Very organized with great attention to detail
  • Willing to work with groups from other institutions
  • Ability to move, live and work in a remote location (Florida Keys)
  • Open water SCUBA required, AAUS Scuba preferred
  • Boat handling skills, US Coast Guard OUPV/Six-pack Captain’s License preferred

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm October 5, 2018 to HumanResources(at)  Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.

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