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Palacios Oyster Hatchery Manager (Texas, USA): Manager will operate a commercial facility for the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization. This facility will be in Palacios, Texas, and will be managed by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Responsibilities: Interact with construction manager in terms of site development and commissioning of facilities; Develop and implement hatchery production guidelines and overall strategy for interaction with potential buyers and stakeholders; Oversee hatchery personnel and daily interaction with administrative section of PMAR; Interact with resource agencies in terms of relevant permitting rules and regulations; Familiarity with federal and state aquaculture regulations and permitting requirements for aquaculture hatchery; Develop a standard operational protocol for operation of the hatchery, including but not limited to algae production, broodstock maintenance, larval rearing, spat-on-shell, and production of seed oysters; Attend and participate in various federal, state, and/or local coastal resource management meetings; Report directly to facility director; This position will be required to work a flexible schedule including some evenings, weekends, and holidays.   Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent experience in biology, marine science, or related field; At least 5 years of experience in oyster hatchery management; Must be a self-starter, with strong time management and multi-tasking skills, able to work independently without much oversight; Prior supervisory and budgetary experience. Preferred Qualifications:  Additional demonstrable experience in commercial oyster aquaculture grow-out; Experience in commercial production management; Liaison skills with stakeholders, regulatory and extension agencies.The applicant if chosen will be hired by the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR).  To apply, submit letter of interest and any other supporting documentation to the following email:  [email protected] (posted 6/17/2020)

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Algae Production (Texas, USA): Looking for a candidate with experience in algae biomass culture with an emphasis on aquaculture applications. The position would involve conducting research for the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR) located in Palacios, Texas and managed by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The finalist for this position will work closely with PMAR management as well as other research staff to develop a broad-based research program to improve algae biomass productivity within the scope of PMAR objectives.  Responsibilities: Identification and development of algae culture strains suitable for use in aquaculture applications; Improve biomass productivity of algae culture systems for aquaculture hatchery use; Develop a vigorous research program to investigate innovative uses of algae biomass for non-traditional uses; Remain current with the body of science related to general aquaculture, present and publish research findings; Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Report to the Project Leader. Qualifications: Doctoral Degree in biological sciences, genetics, microbiology, or closely related field; Background in one or more fields of aquaculture and/or algae biomass production; Practical experience in algae biomass culture; Excellent communication skills and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment. Preferred Qualifications: Strong experience (at least 4 years) in culture of microalgae for oyster hatchery applications; Experience with algal strain selection and nutritional manipulation of algae cultures; Familiarity with current technology regarding algae biomass harvesting; Track record of high-impact publications and collaboration with notable research programs.  Harte Research Institute is partnering with the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR). The applicant if chosen will be hired by the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR).  To apply, submit letter of interest and any other supporting documentation to the following email:  [email protected] (posted 6/17/2020)

 

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oyster Aquaculture (Texas, USA): The position would involve conducting research for the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR) located in Palacios, Texas and managed by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The finalist for this position will work closely with PMAR management as well as other research staff to develop a broad-based research program to improve oyster aquaculture and conservation efforts within the scope of PMAR objectivesResponsibilities: Oversees all research associated with oyster culture at PMAR facilities, including hatchery, nursery, grow-out, and restoration; Assist oyster hatchery manager in decision making regarding oyster-related production effort; Follow and enforce all state and federal health and safety guidelines; Remain current with the body of science related to general aquaculture, present and publish research findings; Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Report to the Project Leader.  Qualifications: Doctoral Degree in marine biology, fisheries, or closely related field; Background in field of shellfish aquaculture; Excellent communication skills and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment. Preferred Qualifications: Strong experience (at least 4 years) in shellfish culture; Experience in oyster reef restoration and/or construction of living shorelines; Familiarity with aquaculture genetics and disease diagnosis/management;Track record of high-impact publications and collaboration with notable research programs. Harte Research Institute is partnering with the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR). The applicant if chosen will be hired by the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR).  To apply: Submit letter of interest and any other supporting documentation to the following email:  [email protected] (posted 6/17/2020).

 

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship, Auburn University (Alabama, USA): Candidate will conduct research on improving Eastern oyster broodstock conditioning success and understanding implications on gamete quality, larval performance, metamorphic success and post-metamorphic performance. Research will be conducted at the Auburn University Shellfish Lab on Dauphin Island, AL, where the student is expected to reside after coursework is completed on the main campus in Auburn, AL. The student is anticipated to start August 2020 or as negotiated.  The student is anticipated to start August 2020 or as negotiated. Stipend ($21,000/year), tuition waiver.  Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, aquaculture, comparative physiology, ecology, biology or related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores. Research experience is preferred. Application review will begin 7/1/2020 and continue until a suitable applicant is found. Please email a cover-letter, copy of your CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, GPA, GRE scores and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Bill Walton, Auburn University Shellfish Lab, [email protected] (posted 6/7/2020)

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship, Auburn University (Alabama, USA): Candidate will conduct research on performance of selectively-bred lines of diploid, triploid and/or tetraploid oysters (Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica) across a range of typical production environments and various commercial aquaculture practices, with an emphasis on understanding multiple stressors. Research will be conducted at the Auburn University Shellfish Lab on Dauphin Island, AL, where the student is expected to reside after coursework is completed on the main campus in Auburn, AL. The student is anticipated to start August 2020 or as negotiated. Stipend ($21,000/year), tuition waiver.  Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, aquaculture, comparative physiology, ecology, biology or related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores. Research experience is preferred. Application review will begin 7/1/2020 and continue until a suitable applicant is found. Please email a cover-letter, copy of your CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, GPA, GRE scores and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Bill Walton, Auburn University Shellfish Lab, [email protected] (posted 6/7/2020)

Senior Biologist, Normandeau Associates, Inc. (Pennsylvania, USA): Qualified candidates will have experience in mussel identification and survey techniques, demonstrable experience diving at the advance or higher level, dive planning and boat operation experience. Other highly desirable experience would include threatened and endangered certifications.  The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as be responsible for assisting program leads with implementation, quality control, data analysis and interpretation. Travel to, and participation in, ecological and field operations is required as needed to assure the reliability of the work. Occasional overtime, weekend, or evening work may also be required if necessary to meet deadlines. The ability to be a team player and to maintain excellent client relationships is essential.  Candidates should have a minimum of B.S. in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife, Environmental, Zoology, Ecology, Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology or related discipline with 5 to10 years of experience in environmental consulting and natural resource coordination. Candidates should have a broad background in federal and state natural resource regulations, freshwater ecology, endangered fish or invertebrate species and freshwater mussels. Advanced or higher level diver certifications and experience with dive planning are a plus. Candidates should be able to work in the U.S. without company sponsorship. As an employee-owned company, Normandeau Associates, Inc. offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. If you are interested in joining an exciting firm that is recognized for its adherence to high quality, scientifically sound, client-oriented services, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to [email protected] with the subject: 2020SSPA.
Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled (posted 4/20/2020)

Research Coordinator II, University of Florida (Florida, USA):  This position is to provide coordination and scientific and logistical support for a large-scale grant-sponsored oyster reef research project (http://www.wec.ufl.edu/oysterproject/).  Duties will include responsibility for logistics, safety, data collection, data entry and integration within a data management system, and technical support and coordination of field sampling in coastal waters throughout the Big Bend region of the Levy and Dixie Counties, Florida.  This position may supervise up to three part-time OPS workers who will help with equipment maintenance, field operations, data collection and logistics.  In addition this position will be involved in overseeing local fishermen who will be working at various tasks on this project. The individual in this position will be able to work independently and manage time effectively in order to accomplish project objectives, and produce products such as standard reporting documents and similar project requirements that require planning, assessment of uncertainties, execution, coordination, development, analyses, and preparation of documents as required.   Salary Range: $46,000-50,000 depending on qualifications, with health insurance and retirement benefits.   Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required, and preference will be given to candidates with MS or PhD degree in a natural resources discipline.  Successful candidates should have demonstrated experience with coordination and leadership of field sampling efforts, extensive experience and certifications involving boats in shallow or complex environments, shellfish or other large-scale restoration projects, safety training, and experience with a variety of sampling equipment in marine/estuarine ecosystems.  To Apply: Full position description and application details can be found at: https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/513819/research-coordinator-ii (posted 3/9/2020)