Senior Researcher (Marine Ecology)

Miral Experiences LLC

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Asia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive salary package
Required Experience 7+ years

The Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center is now looking for a Senior Researcher to join its research team and develop the marine ecology research program focusing on the ecosystems of the Arabian Gulf. The YSWRR is particularly interested in applications from highly motivated individuals with expertise in plant and/or animal physiology, animal behavior, fish larvae ecology, community/species resilience and adaptation, habitat restoration, and/or other relevant topics. The successful candidate should have experience in the investigation of coastal tropical and/or sub-tropical ecosystems/species. The ideal candidate will have strong hands-on experience in experimental research and/or field research. The Senior Researcher will develop methods to carry out hypothesis-led laboratory experiments as well as to study marine ecosystems/populations/individuals in situ. 

Job Scope:

  • To act as Principal Investigator on research projects to develop proposals and conduct projects; with undertaking and supervision of day-to day tasks.
  • To provide scientific and strategic leadership with regards to marine ecology research and create an enabling environment for scientific research excellence. 
  • To develop, write and submit proposals for major research/conservation grants and funding programs.
  • To manage the research project’s budget as per the Center’s Senior Director guidance.
  • To lead the production of high-quality scientific publications, research reports, and other communication material. 
  • To develop collaborative research with YSWRR colleagues and to actively promote external contacts and networks for local and international collaborations.
  • To supervise the adequate use, schedule and maintenance of the experimental laboratory equipment and facilities of the Center.
  • To lead the marine ecology research program, supervise students and coordinate collaborating scientists.
  • To conduct research effectively by maintaining accurate records of sampling/experiments/analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation.
  • To develop and update guidelines and protocols for field and lab operations and procedures and to disseminate that information to research staff and students that work at the Center.
  • To develop and manage conservation and/or restoration projects with governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as other partners. 
  • To actively contribute to the outreach goals and education programs of YSWRR.
  • To collaborate with SeaWorld Abu Dhabi zoological and education teams as required.
  • To contribute to the overall success of YSWRR projects by performing all other duties as assigned.

To be considered for the role, you will need to have: 

  • PhD in Marine Sciences, Marine Ecology and Biology, or related fields.
  • At least 2 years of post-doctorate experience. 
  • Demonstrated competency in scientific investigation of tropical and/or sub-tropical marine species and ecosystems: field and/or laboratory-based research studies. 
  • Demonstrated success in publishing research results in refereed scientific journals and peer-reviewed publications.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, particularly in communicating research findings to non-academic audiences.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent leadership, communication and teamwork abilities.
  • Ability to represent the Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center to scientific community, general public, media, government agencies, and non governmental associations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to company values and safety

You will need to submit the following as part of your application:

  • Up-to-date CV which includes full publication list;
  • A cover letter;
  • A one-page summary of past research accomplishments and future research interests;
  • A list of the names/affiliation and contact details of three references.
  • Submit your application to agerida@miral.ae 

All documents should be uploaded along with the application details and clearly marked.

Closing date: 08 April 2024

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Category Ecology , Marine Biology