The Business of Marine Biotechnology


Vacancy #13E030
Position #TBD

The Center for Marine Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is offering two exceptional research fellowships in marine biotechnology. Candidates must have a conferred PhD in a biotechnology-related area and are expected to conduct research in marine science laboratories at the University while pursuing a professional MBA degree in the University’s Cameron School of Business. The goal of this 35 month program is to produce individuals with a solid science background as well as the business skills needed to prosper in a modern competitive business environment. Students in the MBA portion of the program will master the core functions of business, develop analytical and quantitative business skills, and study current and future business issues through real world experiences with regional companies involved in marine biotechnology. Excellent verbal and written skills are required.

The research portion of the program generally involves working in one of 3 focus areas. All applicants must have interest or experience in translating research into products or processes. The three focus areas are as follows: 1. Bioassay technique development focusing on novel sensing methods with particular application in the marine environment; 2. Marine pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals from cultured organisms, bioengineered natural products, novel enzymes and biosynthetic pathways; and 3. Large scale culture of microalgae and other microorganisms; Candidates should clearly identify their interests in one of the 3 focus areas in their cover letter. Candidates with interests in another closely related biotechnology area will be considered based on the strength of their application. Selected candidates will receive salary and benefits including health insurance and retirement contributions for 35 months. Position title will be “Visiting Research Assistant Professor”. Tuition for the coursework necessary to obtain the MBA is also provided. 

Screening of the applicants will begin November 1, 2012 (extended from original date of October 15, 2012) and applicants will be invited to join the program January 2013.  Successful candidates will be enrolled in the MBA program beginning March 2013.  Letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three references should be sent via the online application process available on the Web at – not emailed or mailed. MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are strongly preferred. For questions regarding the online applications process, contact Mellissa Dionesotes at For questions regarding the positions or the Center contact Dr. John Morrison at or visit our website at  UNCW conducts criminal background checks on finalists prior to offers of employment.

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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