Marine Biologist to head Academic Program Development in Curaçao

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The Carmabi Foundation in Curaçao (Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity Foundation) is in search of a dynamic, self sufficient individual to head the further development of structural forms of cooperation with foreign academic institutions. The Carmabi Foundation runs a small marine biological research laboratory with lodging for 20 persons, manages nine protected areas in Curaçao, and runs an excursions and awareness program for 12 thousand school children annually. The organization amounts to a total of 20 employees, headed by a director, and is presided by a local board of 7 members. Recently the foundation has started to revitalize its visitor facilities and has started to develop structural liaisons and cooperation with foreign academic institutions. The foundation is searching for a qualified and dynamic person to lead this program starting June 1, 2008. The position is a permanent position, starting with a three-year contract.
Duties and responsibilities:
* Set-up, coordinate, develop and expand the academically oriented activities such as workshops and courses in cooperation with local and foreign academic institutions and experts, such that this endeavor will become a viable source of revenue to the institute.

* Market, coordinate and teach marine related training sessions, workshops and courses for graduate and undergraduate levels, in cooperation with both local and foreign academic institutions.
* Plan and guide development of the guest researcher facilities, negotiate with institutions and service providers for the products developed and serve as liaison for cooperation and investment. As such the person will also serve as the main contact person and host for local and foreign research associates, experts and visiting scientist. Some traveling will be required.
* Write successful grant proposals for research and conservation, execute marine consultancy projects locally and in the region, participate in board meetings, and assist the director in all planning tasks.
The successful applicant will undertake the above activities on the basis of a plan in which measurable goals are described based on a time plan and budget. The applicant will report to the director in writing on a monthly basis to document the actions taken and the results achieved. Curaçao is a small island in the southern Caribbean, surrounded by fringing coral reefs with about 150 thousand inhabitants. Local languages are Papiamento and Dutch, while English and Spanish are widely used. The successful applicant will be based in the beachside offices of the Carmabi Institute at Piscadera Bay.
Requirements: Ph.D. in marine biology with ample peer-reviewed publication record. Must have a successful grant funding record. Demonstrable experience in achieving results under suboptimal conditions is required. Teaching and management experience is essential. Must be able to work independently but also interact and participate well in team initiatives. Command of multiple languages is preferred, as Curaçao is multilingual. Willing to work flexible hours. Must be outgoing and confident, a good speaker and a socially and service-oriented person. Experience in small boats handling and SCUBA diving required.
Pay and benefits: Net pay will be US$ 2500-2700 per month depending upon qualifications and experience. The candidate is required to partake in the pension plan as offered by the General Pension Fund of the Netherlands Antilles and will be able to qualify for 90% medical insurance coverage after passing a physical exam. The candidate will be entitled to 25 vacation days per year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO APPLY: contact Dr. Adolphe Debrot, director, Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity Foundation, Piscadera Bay, P.O. Box 2090, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles: [2] Tel: 5999-462-4242, Fax: -462-7680. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references and a cover letter explaining the applicant’s suitability for the position. To ensure inclusion in the review and selection process, applications should be sent no later than February 15, 2008.
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