Shark Research Scientist

JOB TITLE: Natural Science Research Curator II   Title: NC Aquarium Shark Research Scientist
 DIVISION: NC Aquarium
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $47,959-$60,000
Salary Grade: NC14                                                                      
APPT TYPE:   Temporary
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
LOCATION:   NCSU Center for Marine Science & Technology
303 College Circle Morehead City, NC 28557

The position will be based in Morehead City, NC. This position is an 11-month appointment with potential for annual renewal. Benefits are not included. Relocation costs will not be covered.

Description of Work:

The research scientist will support the North Carolina Aquariums’ sand tiger shark research projects. Primary responsibilities will include: 1) serving in a leadership role in Aquarium’s sand tiger shark research program, 2) managing all logistics for telemetry project such as organizing boat trips for tagging, receiver deployment and maintenance, gear and equipment management, and data management, 3) providing support for the Spot A Shark USA citizen science project including spot mapping, data/file management, video analysis and diver engagement, 4) contributing to institutional education, outreach, and social media products, 5) writing peer-reviewed journal articles and 6) participating on the NC Aquariums Conservation Action Committee to support shark conservation.

The researcher must exhibit a strong background in marine science with specialized knowledge of highly migratory shark species, conservation management and marine spatial ecology. Ideal candidates will be knowledgeable about all aspects of shark biology. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a background in field work related to elasmobranch research. This should include significant experience handling and tagging large elasmobranchs, comprehensive knowledge of telemetry research methods, scientific instrumentation deployment and maintenance in the marine environment, and data management and analysis. Applicants are expected to have substantial experience with telemetry data management, file organization, statistical analysis, data visualization and interpretation.

Job Requirements/KSA:

·       Attention to detail and ability to work independently or with a dynamic team.

·       Ability to work independently.

·       Proficiency with R or other statistical software, data analysis and visualization and GIS.

·       Experience with scientific writing and publication history.

·       Foundational knowledge of the principles of the scientific method and experimental research design.

·       Excellent oral and written communication skills for a range of target audiences.

Management Preferences:

·       Experienced in working aboard and operating boats captain’s license preferred.

·       SCUBA certified from a nationally recognized organization or member of the Recreational SCUBA Training Council (RSTC). Preferred additional SCUBA certifications and training to include Advanced, Rescue, Nitrox, and American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) or equivalent scientific diving training and experience.

·       Experienced at underwater photography.

Education and Experience: 

Master’s degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise from an appropriately accredited institution and three-years’ experience in specialty area, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Department Information:

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) takes care of the things that people love about North Carolina, literally from A to Z. The Arts to the Zoo, and so much else – parks, aquariums, historic sites, archaeology, African American Heritage Commission, science and history museums, the state Symphony, Library and Archives, historic preservation, land and water stewardship, and more. These places, and the ideas they represent, create a shared identity in North Carolina. They provide common ground. Everyone is welcome. The Department’s vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.  

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Division Information:

The mission of the North Carolina Aquariums is to inspire appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments. This mission is achieved by attracting, retaining, and developing a world class team of professionals; providing visitors with outstanding exhibits, experiences, and customer service; practicing sustainability, internal customer service and fiscal responsibility; and working to save and restore aquatic species and habitats.

How to Apply:

Email, Mail, or deliver a completed state employment application found in the following link

 to the address below by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date of the posting.  

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. A resume and cover letter may be submitted along with the completed state application but will not be considered in lieu of the application.

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants.  Degrees must be received from an appropriately accredited institution. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).


NCSU Center for Marine Science & Technology
303 College Circle Morehead City, NC 28557  
C/O Carol Price 
Phone: 252-222-6367
Email Address: 
[email protected]