Senior Researcher Marine Mammals

Wageningen Marine Research (WMR) is a leading, independent research institute that focuses on strategic and applied marine ecological research. The institute was established in 2006. Products and services are executed on a project basis (more than 400 research projects) and show a wide diversty: field research, experiments on a realistic scale, on lab scale, data management and modelling. The institute has modern research facilities and is ISO 9001 certified. One of the research focuses in our organization is understanding the ecology of marine mammals, including harbour and grey seals and harbour porpoise in the North Sea, one of the busiest seas in the world. Human activities in the area include shipping, underwater explosions, seismic surveys, sand mining, fisheries and the construction and exploitation of offshore wind farms all potentially affecting these marine mammals or their environment. Research is being conducted into the effects of these activities and how these can be mitigated or reduced. Airial surveys, acoustic monitoring and telemetry and biologging are used for this, among other things. Based on our expertise, modelling and study results, policy and management advice on sustainable use of the North Sea is provided to our clients, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Rijkswaterstaat and private companies. The increasing interest in further developing the North Sea for human use is leading to a growing demand for applied research and expertise.

We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
Do you have experience in research on the effect of human activities on marine mammals and do you want to advice on a sustainable use of the North Sea? If so, this vacancy might be of interest to you.

“Several marine mammal species, including harbour and grey seal and harbour porpoise inhabit the North Sea area. This area is also one of the most heavily used seas by man. Several of the human activities that take place, including offshore wind parks, underwater explosions, seismic surveys and shipping may impact these marine mammals. This calls for applied research into the effect of these activities and how these effects can be mitigated or reduced. The increasing interest in further developing the North Sea for human use has led to a growing demand for related research and expertise. As a result, we are now looking for an experienced and independent researcher to strengthen our team and our connections to Ministries, companies and NGOs.”

The team in which this challenging position becomes available focuses on the possible disruptive effects of human activities on seals and other marine mammals. We would like to welcome a senior marine mammal researcher, who will work with direct colleagues in this team as well as closely with other research teams within WMR, WUR and beyond.

As a (senior) Researcher you will be involved in the following:
Independently leading various research projects, aimed at possible disruptive effects of human actions on seals and other marine mammals. Examples of projects can be found here;To further strengthen and enlarge the research field based on your expertise, together with the team.Is advisory to governmental and non-governmental committees.Acquiring research projects and building up and maintaining an (inter)national network.Contribute to a long-term vision in support of national and international research agendas.Publishing in scientific literature and presenting research results at (inter)national conferences, symposia and meetings.
You have completed a relevant academic study in Natural or Life Sciences with a focus on marine ecology. You have a PhD in a field relevant to this position.You have broad experience in conducting ecological research on marine mammals independently and expertise in the effects of disturbance on seals and other marine mammals, especially noise. You have basic knowledge of and experience in the use of (bio)acoustics.You have experience in acquiring new research and you have a relevant network.You have experience with project management.You have quantitative skills and experience with R.You can describe research in clear and high-quality reports and you can translate results into concrete advice to government, users and other stakeholders.You publish in scientific journals.You are customer-oriented, enterprising, result-oriented, strong in communication, flexible and stress resistant.You can balance the role of science versus the consequence for society and policy.You like to work in a team, you dare to be critical and you can work under time pressure.Your level of communication skills in English is at least C1. Knowledge of the Dutch language or willingness to learn it is a prerequisite;
ArbeidsvoorwaardenWageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;a fixed December bonus of 4%; excellent pension scheme. the possibility of partially paid parental leave; the opportunity to work part-time.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. We offer, depending on your experience, a competitive gross salary of max € 5.479,- for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CAO Wageningen Research (scale 11/WO-researcher 3). The location is Den Helder, The Netherlands.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a multi-faceted position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
For more information about this position, please contact Tammo Bult, tel.0317-487162, e-mail

Do you want to apply
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including september 18th, 2022.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home with us and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented within WUR. For more information, please visit our inclusivity page, inclusiviteits pagina.
A good example of how WUR deals with inclusivity can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.

Assistant Scientist – Tenure Track

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Behavioral Ecology of Top Predators,
Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

The Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant Scientist level on our Scientific Staff ( We seek outstanding candidates to complement our existing interdisciplinary strengths in biology, biological oceanography, and marine ecology. We are particularly interested in applicants who conduct research in behavioral ecology of marine top predators; areas of focus may include (but are by no means limited to) social, ecological, evolutionary and anthropogenic determinants of behavior.

Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a record of scholarly publications commensurate with their career stage. Scientific Staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering.

Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts. The Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years.

WHOI is the largest private, non-profit oceanographic institution in the world, with staff and students numbering approximately 1,000. Its mission is to advance our understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicate this understanding for the benefit of society. The Institution is located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-renowned center of excellence in marine, biomedical, and environmental science. An additional 500 affiliates are associated with the scientific endeavors of the Institution, many of whom are foreign nationals from the international community.

WHOI is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. WHOI believes diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components that support our academic excellence. We strive for a diverse and inclusive workforce, and encourage women, minorities, veterans and those with disabilities to apply.

WHOI offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical and dental plans, child care subsidy, an employer contribution retirement plan, vacation time, flexible scheduling, and family illness days. WHOI also provides dual career services for assisting your spouse or partner should they be impacted by your career decision. We have a dedicated team who will work with applicants to identify and explore available options within WHOI or the broader community.

Please visit and respond to Job Reference XXXXXX. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three-page research statement, names and contact information of four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications or preprints. In addition to the online application, please email the PDF document directly to the chair of the Biology Department at with the subject “Biology Scientist Application”. Applications received by Dec 17 2019 will be given full consideration.
WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit HERC for more information.

Who is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact the EEO Officer at or at 508-289-2705 for assistance.

Offshore Environmental Specialist

Ecology and Environment, Inc. is seeking an Environmental Specialist in our Arlington, VA office. This position will be responsible for assisting Project Managers with biological and permitting work associated with energy (wind, solar, pipelines, and electric transmission) and related projects. Our successful candidate will have experience with NEPA and the preparation of environmental documents and reports.

• Providing technical support for a variety of projects related to natural resources, planning, and energy
• Assisting with environmental impact analysis and feasibility studies
• Permitting of projects with local, state, and federal agencies
• Applying knowledge of natural resource principles through field studies including research, data collection, data analysis, and preparation of environmental documents and reports
• Engaging in public involvement/community outreach efforts

• Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, or a related discipline
• 3+ years of related experience; consulting experience is a plus
• Familiarity of or experience with NEPA, ESA, CWA, and other applicable environmental laws/regulations
• Knowledge of or experience with state and federal environmental laws and regulations
• Excellent verbal communication, technical writing, computer, and research skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Ability to travel to meet business needs

We are a global network of innovators and problem solvers, dedicated professionals and industry leaders in scientific, engineering, and planning disciplines working together with our clients to develop technically sound, science-based solutions to the leading environmental challenges of our time. E&E offers opportunities for growth in a team-oriented environment. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S.; Visa sponsorship will not be provided. Please view our website at to apply on-line. Local candidates preferred.

Ecology and Environment, Inc. is an EO and AA employer – M/F/Vets/Disabled/and other protected categories.

New England Aquarium — Employment Opportunity

Fisheries Research Associate

The Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction (“Bycatch Consortium”), based at the New England Aquarium (NEAq), is a collaborative research program between the fishing industry and scientific institutions with the goal of reducing bycatch, especially of threatened non-target species. Its project portfolio includes the development and testing of innovative fishing gear modifications in the lab and with fishermen. The Consortium is seeking a Fisheries Research Associate to coordinate and conduct research involving three of its projects: (1) Whale-release ropes in the lab and with lobster trap (pot) fishermen in the Gulf of Maine; (2) Acoustically released pop-up buoys on board research and fishing vessels in the Gulf of Maine; and (3) Ship-based deployment and evaluation of shark bycatch deterrents on George’s Bank.

**This is a one year grant-funded position upon hire.

1.     Provide orientation and training to fishermen for implementing boat-based tests of experimental fishing gear.
2.     Coordinate other outreach functions with them and their fishing associations in fulfilling the objectives of these projects.
3.     Provide prototype ropes and shark bycatch deterrents to fishermen (which may involve hands-on work to integrate weak sleeves into new ropes), and collecting ropes from fishermen at the end of sea trials.
4.     Ensure that trial data is being properly collected and recorded, and will participate in fishing trials on board lobster and longline fishing vessels.
5.     Carry out lab tests of whale-release ropes working from the campus of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and be expected to co-author reports and journal publications.
Minimum Training and Experience

*   Minimum of a Master’s Degree in marine science, fisheries engineering, or a closely related field required.
*   Minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

*   Have outstanding abilities to communicate and coordinate fieldwork with fishermen.
*   A strong preference is for a research coordinator that is rooted in, or deeply familiar with, the eastern US lobster and/or longline fishing industry.
*   Comfortable being at sea which might be for multiple days and nights at-a-time.
*   A strong foundation in scientific methods combined with knowledge and respect for the local fishing industry are important.
*   Excellent communication and analytical skills, exceptional writing ability, and an attention to detail are essential.
*   An acceptable candidate will have authored published papers in peer review journals and/or technical reports.

For more information and to apply online please visit:

New England Aquarium is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.