Research Director, Maine Lake Science Center

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Research Director, Maine Lake Science Center
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Maine Lake Science Center
Bridgton, Maine, United States
March 16, 2016


The Maine Lake Science Center is affiliated with the Lakes Environmental Association, a non-profit located in Bridgton, Maine in the northeastern United States with a 45-year history of lake and watershed monitoring, management, and education. The Center’s mission is to foster and sustain research initiatives assuring the long-term health of freshwater resources and community resiliency by developing interdisciplinary, action-oriented science to solve complex sustainability problems. Center staff and partners are committed to producing scientific knowledge about lake ecosystems in ways that link science with decision making and policy. We work with diverse stakeholders, including scientists, legislators, municipal and state officials, and citizens to better understand, prepare for, and prevent social, economic and ecological consequences resulting from declining water quality, unsustainable land use, and climate change. We are seeking to hire an experienced, creative, and effective Research Director to develop and lead the Center’s emerging research program.

Responsibilities:  The Research Director will work collaboratively with the Executive Director, the Research Center Manager and the Lake Science Advisory Board to build the Center’s innovative research program. This will require bringing the candidate’s existing research to the Center and developing new research projects to advance the mission. The Director will also maintain, strengthen, and expand research partnerships with academic and private researchers, policy makers, and the many user groups that the Center attracts.  These relationships are essential to the innovative interdisciplinary research for lake and watershed sustainability.

Qualifications:  We are seeking a dynamic researcher who demonstrates a commitment to solving complex lake-sustainability problems through diverse partnerships with academic, governmental, and non-governmental institutions. The candidate will develop and lead the Center’s research program, therefore strong networking and communication skills and demonstrated success in effectively linking science with decision making and policy are essential. Success in securing federal and philanthropic grant funding is also preferred as is experience in managing large datasets and quantitative and/or qualitative systems modeling. A Ph.D. in a relevant natural or social science discipline is required.

Compensation and Benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, anticipated salary range of $50,000 to $60,000.

Application Details:  Please submit a letter of interest, CV, three references, and a writing sample (preferably a published manuscript) to Peter Lowell, Executive Director, Review of applications will begin on March 16, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.