Marine Lab Current Openings

Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar

Postdoctoral Research Position: Basurto Lab

Maintenance Foreman

Program Coordinator

Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar

The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University invites applicants for the Mary Derrickson McCurdy Visiting Scholar position at the Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina. We seek an early career scholar who will benefit from support that allows her/him to pursue self-directed research, while engaging in the intellectual life of the Marine Laboratory. Our goal is to provide a platform to help launch an academic career. Support includes salary and funds for travel and research (negotiated).

We are a faculty of natural, social and physical scientists and we value diverse ways of knowing, understanding and learning. We encourage applicants from across the spectrum of Marine Science and Conservation, broadly construed (e.g., oceanography, biogeochemistry, marine technology, remote sensing, coastal geomorphology, ocean energy, deep-sea science, environmental toxicology, natural hazards, microbial ecology, marine biology and ecology, fisheries, conservation science, and human-environmental interactions at various scales and from different perspectives, e.g., political ecology, theories of collective-action and governance, economics, livelihoods and well-being). Individual qualifications, academic excellence appropriate to career stage and home discipline, and collegiality, rather than specific research area will be the primary criteria in selecting the successful candidate.

The term of the appointment is for a 9-month academic year, with the possibilities of extension to a full year and renewal to a second. Start date is during the 2018 academic year and flexible. Candidates nearing completion of advanced degrees are encouraged to apply, but PhD must be complete for the fellowship to commence. Interested individuals should apply through AcademicJobsOnline. See Job # 10163. Applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of research interests, reprints of up to three recent papers, and names of three references.

The Duke University Marine Lab, a coastal campus in Beaufort, NC, has a distinguished record of research and education in marine science, conservation and governance. The mission of the laboratory is to be at the forefront of understanding marine environmental systems, their conservation, and governance through leadership in research, training, communication, inclusion, and diversity. In 2015 the Duke Marine Lab was recipient of the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education.

Further inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Lisa Campbell (t: 252-504-7628) The search committee will begin reviewing applications December 11, 2017 (new, extended), and will continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Research Position: Basurto Lab

Small-scale fisheries play an important role in food security, nutrition, livelihoods, and local and national economies. This study aims to document the global, national and subnational contributions of small-scale fisheries, and through this understanding help facilitate the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines), adopted by the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in 2014.

The Division of Marine Science and Conservation, part of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, invites applications for a full time postdoctoral associate for a two-and-a-half year fellowship, available immediately to work with an interdisciplinary team to evaluate the social, environmental, economic, and governance contributions of small-scale fisheries using available subnational, national and global data as well as data generated from case studies. The fellow will be in residence at the Duke Marine Laboratory on the North Carolina coast and will also spend time at FAO headquarters in Rome as needed. The Postdoc Associate will be mentored by Professor Xavier Basurto, in coordination with Nicole Franz, FAO and will be part of a larger team at Duke working on social and natural science fisheries and small-scale fisheries issues in particular.

To apply, submit a single pdf that includes: (1) cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position; (2) a detailed curriculum vitae; (3) up to three scholarly works; (4) names and contact information for three references. For earliest consideration apply by November 1st, 2017 Applications should be submitted at Academic Jobs Online See Job # 9964 Further inquiries may be directed to Dr. Xavier Basurto (t: 252-504-7540)

Major Duties & Responsibilities
In collaboration with the mentoring team, the postodoctoral associate will:

  1. Assume leadership for the day-to-day management of the SSF contributions partnership and results delivery.
  2. Refine conceptual models, develop analytic approaches, and implement practical methods for documenting the social, environmental, economic and governance contributions of SSFs.
  3. Develop, test, and analyze databases, building off ideas from workshops, judicious consolidation or harmonization of data from disparate databases, and synthesis of large, potentially incomplete secondary datasets.
  4. Explore ways to incentivize data sharing to increase the statistical power of that data and to facilitate collaboration.
  5. Prepare first draft of overall study.
  6. Work with Duke and FAO on how best to communicate results from the above and other related work for target audiences, peer-review publications and other relevant communication products and outlets.

Required Qualifications, Skills & Competencies

  1. PhD in the natural, environmental, or social sciences, or related discipline.
  2. An interest in, commitment to, and proven ability to using data-driven, quantitative approaches to solving policy-relevant problems.
  3. Strong research and writing skills.
  4. Excellent command of English; other languages an asset.
  5. Ability to work both independently and in a team. 6. Fisheries: marine and/or inland (preferable social science) background.

Strongly Preferred

  1. Competence in R, Matlab, or other programming environments.
  2. Experience in statistics, modelling, and/or analytics.
  3. Experience with relational database design, construction, management, and/or analysis.
  4. Experience working with large, incomplete (i.e., with missing data), and/or heterogeneous datasets.
  5. Experience sourcing data from multiple countries and regions.
  6. Experience in data management (preparing meta-data).

Duke has been named as a Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University. The Duke University Marine Lab, a coastal campus in Beaufort, NC, has a distinguished record of research and education in marine science, conservation and governance, and a strong international reputation with research interests spanning diverse taxa and include both human and natural systems. The mission of the laboratory is to be at the forefront of understanding marine environmental systems, their conservation, and governance through leadership in research, training, communication, inclusion, and diversity. In 2015 the Duke Marine Lab was recipient of the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education. For more information about living in Beaufort, NC visit:

Maintenance Foreman

Supervise and participate in the maintenance and repair of Marine Lab buildings, grounds, systems,and related equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

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High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Six to eight years of experience required either in a specific field or in general building maintenance and repair; supervisory skills and experience required.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Program Coordinator
Provide administrative support to key professional and undergraduate student and program functions as part of the Duke University Marine Lab and Student Services team. Support, plan, coordinate and administer activities and select programming, including those of a complex and confidential nature. Position is located at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, NC.


  • Ensure all student billing agreements are correct; communicate with Duke’s Bursar Office
  • Generate and distribute financial award letters
  • Monitor, track, and reconcile financial aid fund distributions for travel courses.
  • Manage the award and allocation of scholarship funds
  • Streamline enrollment and billing processes for Duke and non-Duke undergraduates

Academic Services

Registrar Functions

  • Communicate with faculty, staff on main campus including Admissions, Financial Aid, Bursar, Registrar, MSEC institutions.
  • Engage in DUML Curriculum Planning Committee and Nicholas School Education Committee. Create and distribute reports and course tallies to assist with future course planning. Identify areas of concern or growth. Review course enrollments and by major; provide recommendations to the curriculum faculty
  • Responsible for all DUML course scheduling and enrollment matters
  • Coordinate with faculty on new course development and submissions to Trinity Curriculum. Manage course change requests, teaching and classroom preferences, course syllabi, course scheduling.
  • Manage all DUML classroom assignments
  • Manage the DUML Online enrollment application: Coordinate with provider to update online DUML enrollment portal annually; manage contract renewal. Serve as primary point of contact with the Duke SISS office
  • Work with administration to ensure correct enrollments, accurate course schedules and complete student registrations

Academic Functions

  • Serve as primary point of contact for prospective students. Identify opportunities for prospective students to interact with faculty, staff, students, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with DUML faculty to determine Federal Work Study and Research Independent Study opportunities available. Create documents for the DUML website and Sakai to advertise these opportunities to prospective and enrolled students.
  • Manage spring travel course enrollment process: Collect students’ choices, connect students with faculty, prioritize travel course enrollments, and work with faculty to ensure equitable allotment of spaces.
  • Lead Crisis Management Plan process and documentation. Coordinate with travel course faculty and DUML staff to collect info used in crisis management planning process. Coordinate necessary waivers, collect required travel documents and itineraries, facilitate the Duke travel registry process for students, purchase flights, and develop crisis management travel plans & emergency contact cards.
  • Represent Marine Lab Student Services at events and coordinate event logistics.
  • Coordinate and create orientation packets for incoming students.
  • Manage DUML undergraduate exit survey process: Develop and implement surveys, collect results, report data to staff, faculty senior leadership. Monitor program effectiveness; recommend and implement modifications to improve programs.
  • Ensure DUML website is current and representative of DUML activities, curriculum and policies. Update academic sections as appropriate. Update the Nicholas School and Trinity bulletins to ensure accuracy and currency.

DUML Programs

  • Lead the application process for the 10-week summer National Science Foundation REU program.  Communicate with applicants and faculty advisors. Process, review incoming applications. Assist faculty with accessing and reviewing applications.
  • Coordinate the 10-week summer REU agenda and programming: Plan co-curricular programming events, presentations, field trips. Manage logistics and monitor budget.
  • Coordinate co-curricular programming for residential undergraduate program: Liaison with faculty, students to create enriching events. Recommend improvements.
  • Assist with residence life issues
  • Coordinate and assist with undergraduate events


  • Liaison with Durham offices regarding student accounts, student financials, student registrations, student status, course evaluations and system issues; communicate with relevant personnel at DUML regarding incoming students to facilitate housing, course registration
  • Maintain database for annual bulk mailing; send brochures, announcements, etc. Contribute to conversations on materials needed, key content, messaging, layout.
  • Maintain DUML Enrollment website to distribute critical student information
  • Designated Official with Duke Visa Services

Data Collection & Reporting: 10%

  • Prepare reports on weekly enrollment and distribute to relevant parties; respond to questions regarding data. Share trends and areas of concern
  • Maintain database for Marine Science Education Consortium
  • Provide raw data to program coordinators for undergraduate enrollment statistics
  • Generate statistical reports and analyses

Engage with Nicholas School Student Services team; travel to Durham for team meetings, retreats

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Work requires analytical, communications, organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Work requires one year of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement program activities, events.


  • Strong written, oral communications
  • Strong customer service, event management skills
  • Proficiency in use of MS Office programs; Intermediate proficiency in Excel
  • Skills evaluating program performance, summarizing findings, communicating results, forming action plans
  • Skills using logic and reasoning to identify strengths/weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.
  • Knowledge of business/management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, coordination of people/resources
  • Attention to detail
  • Social media knowledge, experience
  • CRM experience a plus
  • Website creation and editing a plus
  • Student recruitment experience a plus
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally, support occasional morning/evening events. Serve as back-up “on-call” for student crisis and DUML situations.

If interested, contact Katie Wood ( To apply, go to and use Requisition #94932BR.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.