Research Associate (Post-Doc) Position in Aquatic Toxicology

SUMMARY: The Huntsman Marine Science Centre (www.huntsmanmarine.ca) is expanding its capacity within its Aquatic Services Research department. We are seeking to fill a Research Associate (Post-Doc) position in Aquatic Toxicology to work with a dynamic team of technicians and research scientists. This project will summarize the numerous reviews, critiques and suggested updates to the CROSERF protocol with the intent to modernize the protocol based on the best-available science through modeling, laboratory based experimentation and validation for decision making in support of oil spill preparedness and response related activities.


SALARY AND BENEFITS: The position is a 100% research appointment with salary of $50,000 on a fiscal year basis plus benefits, including health care, annual and sick leave, life insurance and retirement plan available. The duration of the appointment shall be through 31 March 2022.



Information Collection, Dissemination and Advocacy: 50%

  • Take lead authorship role on summarizing current state of science related to preparation of exposure media, analytical chemistry, exposure regimes, and data reporting and interpretation for oil toxicity testing.

  • Participate on advisory committee to guide and formulate the path for testing and updating the CROSERF protocol.

  • Develop modernized CROSERF protocol for oil toxicity testing.

  • Create and distribute tools to aid researchers in the design of their experiments.

  • Lead preparation as co-author on related publications involving Huntsman colleagues, project collaborators and graduate students.

  • Present research results at scientific meetings and interact with project Sponsors and collaborators to relay results from toxicology studies.


Research 30%

  • Design and write research plans within team setting that addresses relevant questions identified by advisory committee to help modernize the CROSERF protocol.

  • Perform focused and targeted toxicity studies on a variety of species and life stages to inform CROSERF protocol modernization related to exposure regimes.

  • Implement exposures according to standard operating procedures (SOPs) consistent with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).

  • Statistical analysis of quality checked data using appropriate modeling techniques and interpret results.


Instruction: 2.5%

  • Relay developed methods to technical staff prior to implementation of toxicology tests.

  • Participate in public education and/or professional workshops as required.


Supervision: 2.5%

  • Minimum expectation and responsibility.


Other Support: 15%

  • Participate in preparing project progress reports for the Study Sponsor.

  • Assist in further business development with new Study Sponsors as required.



  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in Environmental Toxicology, Marine Biology, Zoology or Chemistry by the time of appointment.

  • Demonstrated ability to cooperate with colleagues and contribute to multidisciplinary research.

  • Demonstrated experience (2-3 years) with research focused primarily on environmental toxicology, marine biology or zoology within controlled laboratory experiments.

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated capacity for technical writing to summarize results as a modernized CROSERF protocol.

  • Physical ability to perform assigned duties that may require work with toxic, volatile, and corrosive chemicals or carcinogenic substances; and/or be required to work in adverse environmental conditions; and/or carry or lift heavy materials.

  • Ability to legally work or obtain a Visa to work in Canada.



  • Experience with conducting environmental toxicology studies within controlled laboratory settings.

  • Demonstrated ability with advanced statistical analysis using pertinent statistical analysis software.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks and laboratory techniques specific to the needs of the position.

  • Experience with interpretation of analytical chemistry data of petroleum hydrocarbons is an asset.


APPLICATION: Applications are being accepted immediately with the position anticipated to begin as soon as possible. Applicants should indicate current citizenship and work permit status. Individuals presently residing within the Atlantic bubble will be given priority due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, although Canadians and permanent residents to Canada will be given full consideration. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Send single electronic submission with cover letter, CV and three references (including e-mail and telephone number) to:


HR Office

Huntsman Marine Science Centre

1 Lower Campus Road

St. Andrews, NB

E5B 2L7

Email: huntsman@huntsmanmarine.ca

Huntsman Marine Science Centre


1 Lower Campus Rd

St. Andrews, NB

E5B 2L7

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