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IUCN: Head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat (UK)

IUCN: Head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat (UK)

The Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership would like to draw your attention to the following Vacancy Announcement. Applications should be directed as indicated below.

With best wishes
Kathy MacKinnon
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas

Head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat

Application deadline: Wednesday, 25. October 2017 – 23:45
Location: Cambridge, UK
Full time: 35 hours per week
Contract: Open-ended
Salary: £50,000 – £60,000 pro rata per annum plus competitive 12% pension benefit
Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days

A unique and exciting opportunity has been created to work with eleven of the world’s leading nature conservation organisations in an ambitious new Partnership to map, monitor and conserve the most important places for life on earth – Key Biodiversity Areas.

We are seeking an inspirational and collaborative individual to Head the KBA Secretariat – the newly established central coordinating body of the KBA Partnership and KBA Programme.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for ensuring that the KBA Secretariat fulfils all of its functions in line with the vision and mission of the KBA Partnership. We are looking for an exceptional individual who will lead and support the KBA Partnership to implement this visionary and ambitious Programme, helping to mobilise resources and expertise in order to further identify and map Key Biodiversity Areas worldwide, as a vital tool to assist in the conservation of global biodiversity.

The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up the Secretariat, leading on developing, planning and overseeing the implementation of its activities and managing its financial and human resources.

The successful candidate will have:
• An excellent understanding of global and regional environmental and sustainable development issues
• An inspirational and collaborative leadership style
• Experience of managing and facilitating teams and building partnerships around common agendas
• Extensive experience of working with major donors and successful fundraising track record
• Deep understanding of multilateral environmental agreements, international financial institutions, donors and scientific institutions working on biodiversity and nature conservation issues
• Ability to communicate environmental issues to a wide range of audiences

The Head of the KBA Secretariat will work in close collaboration with the Chair of the KBA Committee and the KBA-focused staff members of the KBA Partners, including in particular BirdLife International and the IUCN, as co-hosts of the KBA Secretariat.

This post is hosted by BirdLife International, on behalf of the KBA Partnership and the role is accountable to a Committee of senior management from KBA Partner organisations. The post will be based within the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge.

A detailed job description can be found here.

Further information on the KBA Partnership can be found here.

Closing date: 25 October 2017

Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held 15 November 2017 in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK. The interview panel will comprise the KBA Committee Chair; the Director of Science, Policy & Information, BirdLife International; the Global Director Biodiversity Conservation Group, IUCN; and the Head of Human Resources, BirdLife International.

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity

Job advertisement: Director MBA UK

Job advertisement: Director MBA UK


Applications are invited for the post of Director of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) of the United Kingdom.

The Marine Biological Association is a Learned Society defined and recognised by Royal Charter, with the Mission to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained.

The MBA (, based at its Citadel Hill Laboratory in Plymouth, has a long-standing international reputation for scientific excellence. The MBA has pursued programmes of fundamental and strategic research and of knowledge dissemination in marine life sciences since its foundation. Substantial grant income is received from a wide range of sources.

The Director is responsible for scientific strategic and executive leadership of the MBA to deliver the objects and powers defined under the Royal Charter, spanning research and knowledge dissemination. The ideal candidate will have a strong aptitude and record in organisational leadership with experience of managing budgets and preferably of managing organisational change, excellent communication and negotiation skills, and a strong knowledge of marine science organisational structures in the UK. The Director will ideally provide an example of scientific leadership through the delivery of a personal research programme, with external funding and in a key scientific challenge area of the MBA Research Strategy. The Director is also expected to have a strong interest or involvement in knowledge dissemination including delivery of services to members, public understanding of science, education and training, marine policy and consultancy.

For how to apply see  Informal enquiries should be addressed to Mr Jon Parr, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth PL1 2PB, UK, (tel. +44 (0)1752 426274) via email (  Further Particulars and a detailed Job Description and Person Specification of the Director can be obtained from Mr Parr or from

The MBA is committed to diversity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from all sections of the scientific community.

Applications will close on 31 October 2017


Postdoc: Marine Invasion Ecology/Ecophysiology (USA)

Postdoc: Marine Invasion Ecology/Ecophysiology (USA)

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity: Marine Invasion Ecology/Ecophysiology

A 1-year postdoctoral research fellowship with possibility of renewal is available in marine invasion ecology to examine environmental tolerance, survivorship and invasion dynamics of marine invertebrates. Investigating the role of shipping, including conditions experienced by invertebrates during transfer, will be central to this position.

Location: The position is based at the Marine Invasion Research Lab, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), Edgewater, Maryland, USA. SERC is a research center of the Smithsonian Institution, located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, approximately 10 miles south of Annapolis, 40 miles west of Washington D.C., and 40 miles south of Baltimore. The Marine Invasion Research Lab ( currently has a staff of approximately 40 biologists, who conduct research throughout the country and overseas, in collaboration with researchers from a variety of other institutions. This position is in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard.

Starting Salary: $54,972 plus benefits.
Duration: 1 year, with prospect for renewal.

To Apply: Please submit current CV, cover letter, as well as contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) for 3 references. Your cover letter should be limited to 2 pages and highlight your specific interests and experience relevant to this position. Application review will begin 10 October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted to Laura Falsone, Email submission preferred.

Environmental Tolerance, Survivorship, Invasion Dynamics of Marine Invertebrates

Description: We currently seek a postdoctoral researcher to examine environmental tolerance of marine invertebrate species as it relates to invasion of coastal bays and estuaries, including how conditions during transit in and on ships affect invasion success. A goal of this research is to understand that capacity of organisms to (a) survive conditions in and on ships during transit and (b) colonize new global regions upon delivery. We anticipate that research will include primarily statistical and modeling approaches to estimate (predict) survivorship and potential geographic range of selected species, but with the opportunity to conduct laboratory experiments that examine the ecophysiology of invertebrate species (e.g., voyage simulation). Use of existing Marine Invasions Lab data with collection and incorporation of newly generated data are expected.
Education / Experience: PhD in Marine Ecology, Ecophysiology, Biogeography or related field. Candidates must have (a) a strong background in statistics and modeling, (b) knowledge about marine invertebrate biology/ecology/physiology, (c) background in experimental ecology or ecophysiology with experience conducting lab and or field experiments. Experience working with large, complex datasets, risk analysis, and working with environmental data for aquatic systems is desirable. Applicants must be organized, self motivated, independent and pro-active. Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a research team are required as is a proven talent to write reports and publications. Some travel may be required.

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity

Helsinki (FI)- Postdocs population/community ecology, statistical ecology

Helsinki (FI)- Postdocs population/community ecology, statistical ecology

The Department of Biosciences at the University of Helsinki invites applications for


in population/community ecology and statistical ecology for a fixed term of three years. There will be a trial period of four months in the beginning. The post doc positions are part of the Research Centre for Ecological Change and are funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation for 1.1.2018-31.12.2020. PIs of the Centre are prof. Anna-Liisa Laine, prof. Otso Ovaskainen, prof. Tomas Roslin, assist. prof. Jarno Vanhatalo and dr Marjo Saastamoinen. The starting date is 1.1.2018, but a later starting date can be negotiated.
The overreaching aim of the Centre is to generate a coordinated analysis of long-term ecological data to understand impacts of global change. To unravel how populations and interactions between species in nature are responding to ongoing environmental change, the project takes advantage of the unique long-term datasets collected in Finland. The centre also develops state-of-the-art methodology for analysing long-term spatially structured data sets within a joint species distribution modeling framework. For more information on the Centre, please visit
The salary of the successful candidate will be based on level 5 – 6 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be ca. 3300 – 3800 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.
The deadline for submitting the application is 7 October 2017.
A link to the University of Helsinki Recruitment System where applications can be submitted will be available after mid September.

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity

Post doc food web ecology Southern Ocean  (Imperial College London, UK)

Post doc food web ecology Southern Ocean (Imperial College London, UK)

Post doc on food web in the Southern Ocean

A one-year post doc position on food web ecology in the Southern Ocean (SeaDNA project) is available, aimed at quantifying a food web for the Southern Ocean from stomach content analysis and metabarcoding of myctophid fishes.

More details can be found HERE.

Closing date: 17 September 2017 (midnight BST)

Dr Eoin O’Gorman
NERC Fellow
Imperial College London
Silwood Park Campus
Buckhurst Road
Berkshire SL5 7PY

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity

Postdoc fellowship IFREMER deep-sea lab (Brest, France)

Postdoc fellowship IFREMER deep-sea lab (Brest, France)


An 18 month post-doctoral fellowship is available at the IFREMER deep-sea lab
(Brest, France)
Location : Ifremer, Deep-sea lab, Plouzané, 29280 France

Scientific supervisors: J. Sarrazin – , M. Matabos –

Associated projects: European project MERCES/ MERLIN ABYSS (Ifremer project)

Deadline for application: 30 September 2017

Response of active vent communities to an induced disturbance: a case study at hydrothermal vents from the mid-Atlantic ridge

Our knowledge of the natural dynamics of hydrothermal vent ecosystems is still scarce and limits our ability to predict the resilience of these ecosystems to natural (geological) or anthropogenic (mining) disturbances. Deep sea mineral resources, and particularly those linked with massive deposits of polymetallic sulphides, are increasingly coveted and in this context, it becomes urgent to increase our efforts to understand the natural dynamics of communities associated with hydrothermal vents.

This innovative experimental project is based on a four year in situ experimentation. The objectives are to (1) evaluate the response of vent faunal assemblages and their habitats to a significant induced disturbance (clearance experiment) through time and (2) to evaluate the role of large predators on faunal recolonisation patterns. A third objective, in line with the MERLIN Abyss project is to (3) evaluate and compare the diversity of the fauna through the double taxonomy/metabarcode approach. To our knowledge, this experiment is a first of its kind in deepsea hydrothermal vents. It will be developed and conducted during the pluri-annual Momarsat cruises on the Mid-Atlantic ridge (2017-2020). Results will be used to characterize the natural recolonization patterns of the fauna after a disturbance as well as to evaluate the resilience of deepsea vent communities. This fundamental knowledge will be used to elaborate management and impact monitoring protocols in the context of mineral resource exploitation.

Key words : In situ experimentation, deep-sea environment, hydrothermal vents, community succession, role of large predators, impact evaluation, resilience, biodiversity, temporal study, midAtlantic ridge, deep-sea mining.

Candidate Profile
– PhD in ecology, preferably marine
– Post doctoral experience appreciated
– The postdoc candidate should have a strong background in faunal sorting, molecular biology, including metabarcoding and high throughput sequencing, bioinformatics as well as knowledge in numerical ecology.

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity


Post-Doc Position in Deep-Sea Environmental Management, Duke University (USA)

Post-Doc Position in Deep-Sea Environmental Management, Duke University (USA)

The Van Dover laboratory (Durham, NC/USA) is seeking an individual with good competence in deep-sea science with an interest in environmental management. This post-doc appointment is based at the Marine Laboratory campus of Duke University in Beaufort NC and is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.
Responsibilities will include an environmental risk assessment for deep-sea mining, development of research projects and reviews that contribute to understanding biodiversity and ecosystem processes in the deep sea, publication of results in international peer-reviewed journals, and development of science-based advice for management of deep-sea mining. The successful candidate will participate in national and international working groups and committees and will be expected to contribute to other research activities related to deep-sea science. Participation in field sampling programs as well as other travel may be expected and there may be an opportunity to teach at the undergraduate level.
A PhD in deep-sea biology or ecology is required. Excellent English and writing skills are essential. The candidate must document good competence in quantitative analyses and statistical methods applied in population or ecosystem studies. GIS expertise and fluency in a higher-level programming language, preferably R, is necessary. Strong communication and cooperation skills are required, as is the ability to work independently and effectively towards objectives.
Each applicant is asked to explain in a cover letter their motivation for applying this position, and to list 3 of his/her previous publications that are thought to be particularly relevant for the position. The applicant is also asked to explain why these are considered relevant. A CV and the names, professional relationship, and contact information for 3 referees should be included with any application.
Preferred start date: 1 October 2017
Send application materials as a single pdf file (electronic application only) to:

Professor Cindy Lee Van Dover (
Division of Marine Science and Conservation
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity

Associate Prof  in Systematic Invertebrate Zoology (UiB, NO)

Associate Prof  in Systematic Invertebrate Zoology (UiB, NO)

The Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen (Norway), has a vacancy for a permanent position as associate professor in biosystematics from 1.9.2017. The position is linked to the ForBio Research School in Biosystematics, externally funded by The Research Council of Norway and The Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre.

Closing date for applications:  September 8, 2017

A detailed job description is available HERE.

Aino Hosia
University Museum of Bergen, Department of Natural History
University of Bergen
Postboks 7800, NO-5020 Bergen, Norway

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity

Biodiversity Informatics Postdoctoral Associate – (iDiv, DE)

Biodiversity Informatics Postdoctoral Associate – (iDiv, DE)

Th German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig (Germany) is participating in an international partnership aimed towards increasing the mobilization and interoperability of biodiversity data that are critical to basic and applied problems in biodiversity sciences (e.g., together with GBIF, GEO BON and several other groups).  As part of this initiative, we are searching for a postdoctoral associate to participate in the development of novel tools and approaches for data and text mining, database development and interoperability, and software and web applications.  Novel approaches to biodiversity informatics pipelines and analyses will also be helpful, and considerable opportunity for collaboration on the development and implementation of analyses will be available.

Candidates should have a PhD in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, or related discipline.  Biodiversity scientists with exceptionally strong computational skills in topics related to this position (e.g., text/data mining, database and software development, etc) are also encouraged to apply.

Official applications can be sent until 29th September 2017.

The official job ad is available here.

Jonathan Chase
Professor and Head of Biodiversity Synthesis Research Group
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Source: MARINE-B, the MArine Research Information NEtwork on Biodiversity