Title: Veterinarian/ Post-doctoral Researcher - Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Date Posted: March 5, 2020
Deadline: Until Filled

Job Details:

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) seeks a full-time veterinarian and research post-doc to join our dedicated team of staff, students, researchers and volunteers as part of the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN). The candidate filling this full-time, research-based position would be eligible to seek research assistant faculty status or adjunct appointment at DISL and any of the 22 consortial schools in the state of Alabama.

The successful candidate will lead live animal response and necropsy of cetaceans and manatees, as well as write necropsy reports, make diagnostic assessments, assist with training support staff in stranding and necropsy techniques, and support and conduct independent research projects related to pathology, diagnostic assessments, or other relevant topics that lead to peer-reviewed publications.

The successful candidate will co-mentor students and interns to assist with research. Teaching is not mandatory, but the candidate may opt to develop and teach courses as part of the DISL undergraduate summer or year-round graduate programs. The candidate will be encouraged to attend relevant scientific and professional meetings to share data and for career development.

The ideal candidate has the flexibility to respond to and consult on strandings on short notice, often during non-business hours including nights, weekends and holidays.

The applicant should be able to conduct a thorough physical examination (including blood draws and administration of medications) and assess the status of live stranded marine mammals. The applicant must be a team player who communicates well with volunteers, technicians, the public and media. The candidate will work closely with the Stranding Coordinator and Primary Investigator (Dr. R.H. Carmichael) and in collaboration with the Southeast Region Stranding Network, state and local partners under NOAA NMFS and USFWS.

Training will be provided to further develop project management, research, leadership, and teaching skills, obtain stranding network certification, and enhance ongoing career development. The position is salaried with full benefits, with an initial contract for 2 years with the possibility of extension. The application deadline is March 20, 2020, and the start date is negotiable, with preferred start date at the end of April 2020.

Job Requirements:

• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) and hold a valid U.S. veterinary license
• Experience conducting independent research in a relevant field
• Prior experience with veterinary care of stranded marine mammals (cetaceans and manatees preferred)
• Obtain Alabama Veterinary and DEA licenses within 3 months of employment
• Have a clean driving record
• Applicants must be familiar with and able to comply with all policies, laws, regulations, and guidelines applicable to marine mammals in the U.S and be willing to gain specific knowledge needed

Preferred Qualifications:

• Applicant should be (or plan to become) a member of the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine
• Experience writing peer-reviewed publications
• Experience with statistical methods
• Public speaking and teaching experience

Job Contact:

To apply, please send a cover letter, including a research statement and potential collaborators, CV, and a list of three references to vetpostdoc@disl.org.

If you have questions or would like further information about the position, please contact Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael at 251-861-2141, x7555 or rcarmichael@disl.org.