Job opportunity: Staff chemist – ocean acidification

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 permanently 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 CAOS (Climate and Acidification Ocean Simulator) at IC2R3. This includes sample collection, monitoring and analysis of total seawater 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, instrument maintenance, data entry, and some field work. This position will also involve some specific experimental and field work on OA and organism response to OA. 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.


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, AAUS Scuba preferred
Boat handling skills, US Coast Guard OUPV/Six-pack Captain’s License preferred

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 March 27, 2020 to 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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