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Postdoctoral Researcher – Dolphin Research Center

Dolphin Research Center (DRC) invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher to join our research group studying dolphin cognition, behavior, and welfare. DRC is a not-for-profit education and research facility, home to a family of dolphins and sea lions, located in the Florida Keys.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in comparative psychology, zoology, animal behavior, or a related field. The specific area of specialization is open to negotiation. This postdoctoral position will be responsible for coding, analyzing, and publishing studies using existing data sets, and will also have the opportunity to collaboratively design and conduct novel research projects in their area of interest.

Our ideal candidate will have:
– a proven track record of peer-reviewed publications
– the ability to communicate scientific concepts and arguments clearly and compellingly, both orally and in writing
– an excellent understanding of study design and statistics
– the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team

The position is for one year initially, with a possibility of renewal contingent on performance and mutual satisfaction. Starting date is flexible.

To apply, please submit the following to drc-hr@dolphins.org, with the subject line “Postdoc application”:
– a cover letter describing your motivation, research interests, experience, and goals
– your CV
– pdfs of up to 2 of your key publications or submitted manuscripts
– contact information for 2 academic references

Complete applications are due by May 1, 2024.

For further information, please contact Dr. Kelly Jaakkola at kelly@dolphins.org.

Payroll & Accounting Specialist

We’re Hiring!
Payroll & Accounting Specialist

Location of Position: Marin Headlands, Sausalito, California
Reports to: Controller
Position Classification / Expected Time commitment and work schedule:
• This is a full-time, exempt, hybrid position, with 2-3 days on site, and 2-3 days at home.
• Days and hours of work may vary according to the needs of The Marine Mammal Center.
• Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.
• Travel is not expected for this position.

Compensation Range: $65,000 – $80,000 per year
Full Benefits:
• Holidays
• Sick Time
• Vacation
• Medical, Dental, and Vision
• Life Insurance
• Long Term Disability Insurance
• 401k Retirement Plan
• Employee Assistance Program

We are seeking a payroll and accounting professional to join our finance team! Do you have an analytical mind, exceptional attention to detail, strong organizational skills and want to be a part of a mission driven organization? If so, we would love to learn more about you, and welcome your application.

Job Summary:
The Payroll & Accounting Specialist is responsible for the bi-weekly preparation, processing, and reporting of payroll to ensure accuracy of payroll and compliance with all applicable regulations. On a weekly basis, is responsible for processing accounting transactions, including accounts payable, cash disbursements, and bank deposits. Provides friendly and timely service to both internal staff and external contacts, while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail that is required of an accounting system, while staying up to date with industry changes and new developments to align with best practice standards.

Essential Functions:
Payroll: 40%
• Process bi-weekly payroll for all employees in Paylocity HRIS system.
• Coordinate with the HR to ensure time entries and all employee changes are processed in a timely and accurate manner.
• Ensure accurate calculation of wages, deductions, and taxes, staying updated and current on payroll tax regulations and compliance requirements.
• Resolve payroll discrepancies and answer employee inquiries regarding pay-related matters.
• Prepare journal entry to post payroll expenses by department to the general ledger to ensure proper allocation of payroll cost.
• Reconcile and allocate monthly benefits.
• Reconcile payroll and payroll tax expense to quarterly payroll report filings.
• Coordinate with multiple state tax agencies to maintain accounts.
• Oversee review of annual W-2 forms through Paylocity.
• Support financial audit, workers’ compensation audit, and tax filings as needed.

Accounts Payable: 40%
• Manage vendor list and administer W-9 and ACH forms.
• Sort and distribute Finance mail and invoices to department personnel for approval and follow-up as needed.
• Enter approved invoices, ensuring transactions are coded and processed accurately.
• Conduct weekly payment runs and wire transfers.
• Respond to staff requests for petty cash reimbursements and record related expenses.
• Manage the corporate credit card process, including auditing expense reports, adding, and removing employees in the credit card program, and preparing the journal entries for upload.
• Prepare annual 1099 forms, ensuring accuracy.

General Accounting: 15%
• Batch bank deposits for earned revenue.
• Prepare and reconcile cash bags for armored car pickups.
• Review bank statement for all Payroll and AP related transactions to ensure they are recorded in the finance system.
• File accounting documents, keep filing systems organized and updated; manage record retention.
• Conduct accounting procedures orientation for all new employees.
• Work pro-actively and collaboratively to support and strengthen the overall efficiency and effectiveness of accounting controls and procedures.

Other Duties as Assigned: 5%
• Perform special projects and research as assigned.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility:
None

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• High level of accuracy and great attention to detail.
• Knowledge of basic accounting principles.
• Knowledge of internal controls for payroll cycle.
• Proficient software skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) financial and payroll systems. Knowledge and experience with Paylocity and/or Blackbaud’s Financial systems are a plus.
• Highly proficient skills in Microsoft Excel, including functions such as vlookup, pivot tables, and data analysis.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Comfortable with individual and group presentations.
• Excellent analytic skills.
• Knowledge of federal, multi-state, and local payroll tax laws and compliance with government regulations.
• Ability to work independently with minimal direction.
• Excellent problem-solving, time-management, and organizational skills.
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize work.
• Exhibits high degree of professionalism and confidentiality in handling and have access to sensitive information.
• Consistently demonstrate tact, discretion, and good judgement.
• Ability to maintain a high level of customer service with internal and external customers, responding to questions in a timely manner, taking responsibility in a consistently generous and helpful way, while maintaining a positive attitude.
• Communicate and interact effectively with people across cultures, ethnic groups, and identities.
• Practice self-awareness and respect while engaging with people of diverse backgrounds.
• Willingness to support and participate in The Marine Mammal Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.

Certifications and/or Licenses:
• Valid driver license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain standards of insurability.
• Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or waiver (medical or religious)

Preferred Education and Experience:
This position requires a combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business, or related field; and 2 years’ experience in accounting or bookkeeping, and 2 years’ experience processing payroll, and 1 year of accounts payable experience.

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:
• This position operates in a professional office, laboratory, and hospital environment both indoors and outdoors with access to other parts of the facilities via outdoor pathways.
• Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, and filing cabinets.
• Ability to work at a desk for extended periods using a computer.
• Ability to move up to 30 pounds.
• Limited exposure to allergens and zoonotic diseases.
• Involves smells associated with animals and the care of animals.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
The Marine Mammal Center actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to the communities we serve. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive, equitable and supportive work environment. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. The Marine Mammal Center believes in growth and supporting our employees as best we can so they can become their best selves in and outside of work. We believe that a healthy work environment means building an inclusive culture where people can thrive together and feel supported and empowered. We believe in stretch versus constraint.

OUR MISSION
The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.

ABOUT THE MARINE MAMMAL CENTER
The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education.

For more information, please visit our “About Us” page at www.marinemammalcenter.org

To Apply: Application Link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/2185140/Marine-Mammal-Center/Payroll-Accounting-Specialist?source=The%20Society%20for%20Marine%20Mammalogy
Please submit a cover letter and resume and provide a brief description about how your experience aligns with the role.
Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
In your cover letter, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).
We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. The Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

Marine mammal genetics post-doctoral position (24 months)

POST DOCTORAL POSITION IN MARINE MAMMAL GENETICS (24 months)

Description
The Hampton University Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences (Dr. Carolina Bonin Lewallen’s Lab) invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher in marine mammal genetics beginning September 2023 (24 month position).

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located on the Virginia Peninsula in the City of Hampton. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution.

Duties and Responsibilities
We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic individual to join Dr. Carolina Bonin Lewallen’s team as a post-doctoral researcher on an NSF- funded project “Move, adapt, or change: Examining the adaptive capacity of a Southern Ocean apex predator, the leopard seal”.

The postdoctoral researcher will be primarily responsible for data generation and data analyses for a global population genetics study of leopard seals. The candidate will work collaboratively with an international team of scientists, assist the PI with mentorship for undergraduate and graduate students, provide support on grant and laboratory management/upkeep, and participate in Departmental and University academic activities. We value diversity in all forms and welcome applicants from all backgrounds to join us.

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications. The candidate must have the following:
– PhD in Biology, with emphasis in ecology, evolutionary biology, wildlife genetics, or a related field. ABD PhD candidates will be considered.
– Experience (1-2 years) analyzing genetics data for non-model organisms (e.g., RADseq and mitogenomes)
– Outstanding writing and communication skills
Preferred Qualifications. The candidate will ideally have some or all of the following:
– Ability to customize analytical packages already available (mostly in R) to analyze large genetic datasets
– Laboratory skills (e.g., DNA/ RNA extractions; PCR; RT qPCR)
– Familiarity with large mammal biology/ecology

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please send the documents listed below to Dr. Carolina Bonin Lewallen, Hampton University
carolina.lewallen@hamptonu.edu
– Full CV
– Brief cover letter (2 pages max.) detailing your qualifications and experience relative to the position
– A separate file listing three recommenders and their full contact information
Important considerations:
– This position will be open until filled.
– This position will not be able to sponsor work visas of candidates not eligible to work in the United States at the time of the appointment.

Machine Learning Engineer/Researcher – Environmental Science

The British Antarctic Survey’s Artificial Intelligence Lab is looking to hire three machine learning engineers/researchers and two IT engineers. Initial focus will be to develop and deploy ML and computer vision methods to tackle some specific science challenges selected from the interdisciplinary environmental activities of the British Antarctic Survey (https://www.bas.ac.uk/science/our-research/). The three successful candidates will work in close collaboration with our partner organisations, including: The Alan Turing Institute; international research institutes; our University network; and our two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in Earth Observation and AI for Environmental Risk. Candidates will have experience working in machine learning and/or data science. Areas which could be developed include:

Computer vision, e.g., for monitoring wildlife within satellite imagery

Probabilistic time series modelling for forecasting environmental change

Uncertainty quantification through Bayesian statistical methods

Salary: £31-49K
Apply via the BAS website, under the job vacancy