Job opportunity: staff chemist – ocean acidification

The Ocean Acidification Program at Mote Marine Laboratory seeks a staff chemist with a minimum 2 years of experience in analytical chemistry including experimental seawater ocean acidification facilities and focus in carbonate chemistry. This position will be permanently located in Summerland Key, Florida at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration (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. The staff chemist performs statistical data analyses to process carbonate chemistry data and disseminating that information to users of the CAOS system. 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, working with visiting scientists, some coral husbandry, and some field work.  The staff chemist will be responsible for managing and mentoring student interns year round. This position might 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.


  • BS required, M.S preferred. Preferably with a chemistry or ocean acidification background.
  • Knowledge of coral reef ecosystems
  • Working knowledge of carbonate chemistry processes and instrumentation.
  • Familiar with standard computer software (Excel, Word, etc.), 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 and problem solving 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 December 1, 2020 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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other protected category. Mote participates in E-Verify.

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