Research Assistant in Marine Ecology


The Hughes Lab invites applications for a full-time research technician in marine ecology. This job will occasionally involve working long hours under inclement weather conditions; a good attitude and willingness to work hard are a must. The successful candidate will manage research projects focusing on the factors influencing the biodiversity and performance of marine systems, as well as the response of these systems to anthropogenic change.  He/she will be required to collect, organize and analyze environmental and biological data in coastal habitats including seagrasses, salt marshes, and oyster reefs. The applicant will also conduct laboratory experiments on marine invertebrates and plants. Analytical techniques will include molecular analysis, microscopy, and tissue elemental analysis, among others. Travel to remote field sites will be expected several times per year, as well as regular field work at the Marine Science Center in Nahant (, where the position will be located. 

A BS in ecology or a related field (Biology, Geography, Environmental Science) is required, plus a minimum of six months work-related experience.  The applicant must be able to work independently, highly organized, and willing and able to travel nationally to work in what can be physically harsh field conditions.  Familiarity with molecular techniques (DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing) is needed.  Some documented familiarity with working in marine environments is required.

The position is for one year (with extensions possible) and can begin as early as 1 JULY 2015 and no later than 1 SEPTEMBER 2015. 

ONLINE APPLICATION: Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter with contact information for 3 referees, (2) CV, and (3) a short (1 page) description of research experience all in PDF format to The referees listed in the cover letter will receive information instructing them how to submit letters. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by JUNE 1, 2015.