Initiating a North Atlantic Network on Sustainable Holothurian Technology and Innovation

Postdoctoral position in Arctic echinoderm ecology for project partner Memorial University Newfoundland Canada

May 25, 2022

A postdoctoral researcher position is opening in the laboratory of Dr. Annie Mercier, Department of Ocean Sciences, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada.

Position summary:

The successful candidate will primarily work on exploring near-ice or under-ice benthic ecology in the Canadian Arctic and help Indigenous communities develop a deeper understanding of their echinoderm resources with a focus on the commercial sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa. The position is being developed through the Mitacs Accelerate program in collaboration with WWF-Canada as an applied segment of our BenthArctic project. It will rely on a mix of laboratory and field work and may involve travel to remote locations of Nunavut. The successful candidate will also be expected to lead interactions with stakeholders from government and local communities, participate in collaborative team research and mentor junior lab members.


(i) PhD in marine biology, or equivalent.
(ii) Demonstrated expertise (preferably through publications) in echinoderm biology/ecology.
(iii) Familiarity with sea cucumber fisheries and conservation.
(iv) Knowledge of cold-water/polar environments an asset.
(v) Strong analytical, organisational, and multi-tasking skills.
(vi) Experience with marine animal husbandry.
(vii) Interest in mentorship and public outreach. (viii) Proficiency in both written and oral English.
Applicants are asked to send the following documents:
(i) Cover letter outlining qualifications for the position and fit with the Mercier Lab.
(ii) Curriculum vitae with detailed experience and full publication record.
(iii) Names and contact information of four referees.

The appointment will be for 2 years and is expected to start in late 2022 or early 2023 (negotiable). Applications and specific questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Annie Mercier ( Review of applicants will begin immediately and proceed until the position is filled.

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Also, additional information about the host laboratory can be found here:

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