Marine Biological Laboratory

Ecosystems Center Faculty

Ecosystems Center

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is hiring faculty at all levels to expand our program in coastal ecosystems ecology. Scientists with an interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary studies on coastal estuaries, bays, marshes, and/or coastal watersheds across the globe will be considered. Applicants from communities underrepresented in science, or with a strong history of service to these communities, are particularly encouraged. Candidates applying at the Associate or Senior level should demonstrate the potential to take a leadership role in the Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research program ( or the Semester in Environmental Science ( We seek candidates with diverse areas of research expertise, including, but not limited to, biogeochemistry and its controls, trophic interactions, ecological modeling, and community and ecosystem ecology. Top priority will be given to candidates demonstrating interest in conducting research within the broad context of global climate change and other anthropogenic influences on the coastal zone.

The Ecosystems Center ( was founded four decades ago to investigate the structure and functioning of ecological systems and predict their responses to changing environmental conditions. The current faculty is highly collaborative, with strength in biogeochemistry, ecological modeling, microbial ecology, microbial dynamics, plant-soil interactions, coastal processes, and adaption to life on land ( Ecosystems faculty also collaborate with other groups at MBL with expertise in molecular evolution, functional genomics, microbial diversity, developmental and regenerative biology, bioinformatics, and advanced imaging techniques. MBL’s initiative in coastal ecosystems ecology complements other strategic initiatives at MBL involving microbiome research, the development of aquatic organisms as new research tools, and advanced imaging and image analysis.

The MBL is an affiliate of the University of Chicago and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent advanced degree) in a relevant field. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary work, as well as a strong potential for establishing a vigorous extramurally supported research program that can complement existing areas of strength.

Applications should be submitted at

Applications received by March 15 will receive full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Anne Giblin, Chair of the Search Committee (

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Last updated: 2020-02-29