Dauphin Island Sea Lab – Veterinarian/Post-Doctoral Researcher


Job Type: Veterinarian

Work Type: Exotics

Business Name: Dauphin Island Sea Lab

City: Dauphin Island

State: Alabama

Contact Name: Ruth H. Carmichael

Contact Email: [email protected]

Job Details:
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) seeks a full-time veterinarian and research post-doc to join our dedicated team of staff, students, researchers, and volunteers as part of the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network (ALMMSN). The candidate filling this full-time, research-based position would be eligible to seek research assistant faculty status or adjunct appointment at DISL and any of the 22 consortial schools in the state of Alabama.

The successful candidate will lead live animal response and necropsy of cetaceans and manatees, as well as write necropsy reports, make diagnostic assessments, assist with training support staff in stranding and necropsy techniques, and support and conduct independent research projects related to pathology, diagnostic assessments, or other relevant topics that lead to peer-reviewed publications. The majority of cetacean strandings in Alabama are deceased, and the candidate should have a strong interest in pathology.

The successful candidate will co-mentor students and interns to assist with research. Teaching is not mandatory, but the candidate is encouraged to teach courses as part of the DISL undergraduate summer or year-round graduate programs and in collaboration with Alabama Veterinary schools. The candidate will be encouraged to attend relevant scientific and professional meetings to share data and for career development.

The ideal candidate has flexibility to respond to and consult on strandings on short notice, often during non-business hours including nights, weekends, and holidays. Applicant should be able to conduct a thorough physical examination (including blood draws and administration of medications), provide supportive care, and assess the status of live stranded marine mammals, including determination of the suitability for transfer to a rehabilitation facility or other actions as appropriate.

The applicant must be a team player who communicates well with volunteers, technicians, the public, and the media. The candidate will work closely with the Stranding Coordinator and Primary Investigator (Dr. R.H. Carmichael) and in collaboration with the Southeast Region Stranding Network, state and local partners under NOAA NMFS and USFWS.

Job Requirements:
• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) and hold a valid U.S. veterinary license
• Ability to obtain all necessary Continuing Education requirements for ongoing licensure
• Experience with necropsy and pathology of large animals
• Experience conducting independent research in a relevant field
• Obtaining Alabama Veterinary and DEA licenses within 3 months of employment
• Clean driving record
• Familiarity and ability to comply with all policies, laws, regulations, and guidelines applicable to marine mammals in the U.S. and willingness to gain the specific knowledge needed to successfully accomplish professional tasks in the southeast region and in the state of Alabama

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience with veterinary care of stranded marine mammals (i.e., cetaceans and manatees)
• Experience writing peer-reviewed publications
• Experience with statistical methods
• Public speaking and teaching experience
• Membership in a relevant professional society (e.g. IAAAM)

Training will be provided to further develop project management, research, leadership, and teaching skills, and enhance ongoing career development. The position is salaried with full benefits, with an initial contract for 2 years with the possibility of extension.

Job Contact:
The application deadline is November 15, 2022, and the start date is negotiable, with a preferred start in winter or spring 2023.

To apply, please send a cover letter, including a research statement and potential collaborators, a CV, and a list of three references to [email protected].

If you have questions or would like further information about the position, please contact Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael at 251-861-2141, x7555, or [email protected].

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