extended deadline for job applications

Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center sertc at MRD.DNR.STATE.SC.US
Tue Jun 25 10:21:04 CDT 2002



Invertebrate Zoologist/Systematist at the Assistant Marine Scientist level
in the newly established Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center in
Charleston, SC.  SERTC is located in the Marine Resources Research Institute
at Fort Johnson (http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/marine/mrri/mrri.htm), which is
part of the Marine Resources Division of the SC Department of Natural
Resources.  Institute staff interact with staff at other educational and
research facilities in the Fort Johnson complex, including The University of
Charleston's Grice Marine Laboratory, NOAA's Center for Coastal
Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, the National Institute of
Standards and Technology, the Medical University of South Carolina's Marine
Biomedical Program, and the Hollings Marine Laboratory.  The successful
applicant may apply for an adjunct faculty appointment in the Graduate
Program in Marine Biology at the University of Charleston.

The Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center is being established to provide a
regional focus for developing taxonomic expertise and the infrastructure to
support the taxonomic endeavors of the scientific community in the
southeastern United States.  The Center will serve as a training facility, a
specimen repository, and a venue for a taxonomic library and searchable
database of catalogued specimens and taxonomic literature.  The primary goal
of the Center is to become a locus of information resources that will
benefit regional scientists, students, regulators, private businesses and
the public.  A more detailed explanation of the initial objectives of the
Center and a description of the facilities at Fort Johnson is available at

Job Description and Duties:

The successful applicant will direct the daily operations of the
Southeastern Regional Taxonomic Center and oversee systematic components of
the SERTC.  The employee will coordinate activities of the Center to ensure
the completion of project objectives, manage project expenditures, assist in
development of taxonomic programs, prepare reports on project
accomplishments, and develop funding proposals for the SERTC.  The employee
will participate in education and outreach activities, serve as the Center's
contact for visiting scientists, and supervise training of curatorial
assistants or student research assistants.  The employee will represent the
Center and promote its activities among staff of institutions, universities,
and museums throughout the region.

In addition to project management duties, the employee will conduct and
supervise collection management and curatorial duties, including the
acquisition, identification, and care of specimens; maintenance of a
database of catalogued specimens; tracking of loaned material; and
development of a taxonomic reprint collection and literature database.
Taxonomic or systematic research and publication is expected to constitute
approximately 15-20% of the employee's assigned duties.

Qualifications and Experience:

A PhD. in marine biology or related field, with expertise in marine or
estuarine invertebrate systematics and taxonomy, is required.  Familiarity
with the fauna of the western north Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico is
preferred, as is an emphasis on taxonomic skill with one or more of the
following taxa: annelids, mollusks, echinoderms, or crustaceans (however,
candidates specializing in other marine or estuarine taxa from other
geographic regions are also encouraged to apply). The candidate must possess
and maintain a record of peer-reviewed scientific publication.  One to three
years of post-doctoral employment in taxonomic research and/or biological
collection curation and management is desired, along with some knowledge of
bioinformatics.  Previous employment should demonstrate a high level of
interpersonal and supervisory skills, sound professional judgment, good
written and oral communication skills, and the ability to cooperate with
other scientists and technical staff.  Computer skills should include
familiarity with PC-based computers and Microsoft Office software
(particularly MS ACCESS), collection management software, statistical and
scientific graphing software, and standard Internet browsing and email
management software.  Some familiarity with web-page development is
desirable.  The candidate must be able to qualify to receive a SC driver's
license, and should be able to operate an outboard motorboat, including
trailer transport, for field collection activities.  Fluency in English is a


This is a federally funded (10/1/01 to 9/30/03), full-time position.  It is
a temporary grant position, and employment beyond the stated grant period is
contingent upon satisfactory performance and future funding approval.
Salary range is $35-45K, depending upon level of qualification and
experience.  Benefits include health and dental insurance and the option to
participate in the SC State Retirement System and deferred compensation

Anticipated Starting Date:

Contingent upon receipt of suitable applications, the position will be
filled as soon as possible, but no later than September 15, 2002

To Apply:

For full consideration, the items listed below should be submitted to the
following address no later than July 15, 2002:

            Office of Human Resources
            South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
            P.O. Box 12559
            Charleston, SC  29422-2559
            (843) 762-5021     fax (843) 762-5001

1)     a cover letter that includes a statement of research interests and
career goals
2)     a Curriculum Vitae
3)     three professional letters of recommendation that include current
contact information for the sources
4)     a completed State Application (applications are available online at
http://www.state.sc.us/jobs/application ; indicate on the application form
that the position applied for is the "Assistant Marine Scientist with SERTC"
; do not submit the application by email, rather send it, along with first
three listed items, to the above address)

Contact Information:

For additional information regarding application for this position, contact:

Dr. Elizabeth L. Wenner
Marine Resources Research Institute
P.O. Box 12559
Charleston, SC  29422-2559
(843) 762-5050   email wennere at mrd.dnr.state.sc.us

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the USA.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is an EEO/AA employer and
prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, disability, or age.  Direct all inquiries to the Office of
Human Resources, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC  29202

Elizabeth L. Wenner, Ph.D.
Marine Resources Research Institute
PO Box 12559
Charleston,  SC 29422-2559
wennere at mrd.dnr.state.sc.us

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