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Director of Research Woods Hole, MA

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), North America’s oldest private marine laboratory, seeks a strategic, creative, and ambitious individual to serve as its next Director of Research. Recognized as one of the great international centers for investigation and education in the life sciences, the MBL has for over 125 years drawn many of the world’s most accomplished biologists to Woods Hole for research and education programs that are renowned for their intellectual vitality and spirit of collaboration.

Through vibrant resident and visiting science programs, the MBL supports research and instruction spanning a broad range of subject areas. These include cell and developmental biology, climate and environmental science, evolutionary biology, genetics and genomics, regenerative biology, neuroscience, microbial community ecology, and physiology. Building on its historic strengths, the MBL is committed to strategic growth in the areas of imaging and in developing novel, genetically tractable, research organisms and accompanying tools to study said organisms. Intensive laboratory-based courses, variable-length immersive educational programs, visiting research programs, and informal colloquia are also distinguishing features and well-established strengths of the MBL, as are the collection and cultivation of marine and aquatic organisms for research and training.

In 2013, the MBL opened a new chapter in its history by formally affiliating with the University of Chicago (UChicago). This relationship links the MBL to the scientific and administrative resources of UChicago and the UChicago-affiliated Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories. Through these partnerships, the MBL has enhanced its commitment to education and is poised to pursue new programs related to the role of microbes in diverse environments; the biology of marine organisms that model or play direct roles in environmental and human health; and how life responds to an ever-changing planet.

The Director of Research will be a key leader facilitating and supporting the success of MBL research and support programs, including the Resident Faculty Program, the Visiting Science Program, Research Support Services and Administration. The Director will develop and execute short and long-term strategic plans for research at the Laboratory that align with the overall institutional vision and pursue opportunities that leverage institutional strengths across all programmatic areas. The Director of Research will partner closely with the MBL Director and other senior leadership, especially the Director of Education to advance creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial programs that expand the visibility, impact, and influence of MBL within the research and academic communities.  

John Muckle and Greg Esposito are leading this search with Becky Piper.

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