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Tenure Track Faculty Position, Mariculture, University of Alaska Fairbanks (USA): The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks applications from exceptional candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in mariculture to complement CFOS’ breadth of expertise in fisheries and ocean sciences. Mariculture is defined here as the enhancement, restoration and farming of shellfish and seaweeds. This position will receive nine months of state support annually and will be stationed in Kodiak, Alaska at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Created by the Alaska legislature in 1981, the mission of this center is to increase the value of Alaska's fishing industry and marine resources through research, technological development, education and service. We invite applicants with mariculture-related research experience, who will further the mission and strengths of the College. This faculty appointment is intended to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, although outstanding candidates at a higher rank will be considered. This position is part of a broader campaign to hire up to ten faculty across disciplines to enhance research, teaching, and service in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.  Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mariculture/aquaculture, marine biology, fisheries, oceanography, or closely related discipline, and preferably have post-doctoral and teaching experience. The position requires research, education and service that support Alaska’s ocean resources and the human communities that rely upon them. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses and/or develop specialty mariculture-related courses for the graduate and undergraduate academic programs, develop a vigorous externally funded mariculture-related research program, and mentor graduate students. Interested applicants should submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a statement of interest that outlines their qualifications for this position and includes a research plan, teaching interests, and outreach plans, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) contact information for at least three professional references (address, email and phone number). Applications must be submitted to Job #510378 at For full consideration, applications should be received no later than January 8, 2019 by 11:55PM Alaska Standard Time. For questions about these positions, please contact Dr. Brenda Konar, Chair of the Search Committee, at [email protected] (posted 10/4/18)

Director and Research Professor, Grand Isle Oyster Research Laboratory, Louisiana Sea Grant (USA):  Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG) is recruiting a Director of Grand Isle Oyster Research Laboratory (GIORL) at the rank of Research Professor, that includes an adjunct appointment in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University.  GIORL has both research and commercial-scale larval rearing capabilities and is the largest oyster research lab along the United States’ Gulf of Mexico coast, based on larval rearing capacity. The facility’s capabilities include state-of-the-art seawater filtration and algal production systems capable of commercial-scale larval rearing capacity for oyster research and industry demonstration projects including experimental and grow-out of research farms ( ).  The Grand Isle Oyster Research Laboratory is a collaborative venture with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to support oyster resource rehabilitation efforts and assist with development of an off-bottom aquaculture segment of the Louisiana oyster industry.  The collaboration between LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant is to increase the overall oyster aquaculture knowledge, skills, and abilities of the oyster industry. In addition, LSG under the leadership of the GIORL Director will conduct necessary oyster hatchery research to improve hatchery-based oyster production methods, including all technical aspects of producing oyster larvae and seed in the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery including but not limited to algal production, oyster broodstock maintenance and larval rearing, and operation of a re-circulating water system.  Collaboration between LSG through the GIORL Director and the research community will also support research to develop and maintain broodstocks for the production of oysters with improved growth and disease resistance and best adapted to local current and future conditions. The Research Professor is an annual appointment (twelve months) in Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at LSU, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Renewable Natural Resources (RNR) at LSU. The position is 40% research and 40% extension, along with 20% administration duties associated with GIORL. Candidates should have a PhD in life sciences with publications and research experience to qualify for Graduate Faculty Status.  The Director is expected to serve on graduate student committees as member and major professor; advise students as requested and contribute to the graduate program at RNR. The Director will also be responsible for supervising Sea Grant staff that support the GIORL and the Voisin Oyster Hatchery operations. The office domicile is two days per week at LSU; and three days at GIORL, which includes housing provided by Sea Grant. APPLICATIONS: Position is currently open and will continue to remain open until suitable candidates have been selected. Applicants should apply online at  Please provide cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.  Please attach ALL required documents under the "Resume/CV" section of your application. A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire. (posted 10/2/18)


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bivalve Shellfish Ecology: The NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Milford, CT is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to support a project on bivalve shellfish ecology, specifically related to feeding physiology and aquaculture.  Funding is for one year with the possibility of a second year pending available funds, and the target start is Spring 2019.  The goal of the overall project is to improve simulation of the nitrogen cycle within the Farm Aquaculture Resource Management model, to enable accurate projection of nitrogen removal at the farm scale. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for obtaining data necessary for modelers to perform updates and validation of the model for nitrogen removal. Primary duties will include 1) conducting field work to collect environmental and organismal data needed to improve and validate model simulations; 2) conducting field and laboratory measurements of feeding physiology of the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica; 3) coordinating a large team of collaborators, including environmental modelers, industry and municipal partners, resource managers, and other scientists; 4) dissemination of results through peer-reviewed publication, conference and/or workshop presentations, and targeted outreach products for a variety of stakeholder groups, including (but not limited to): the public, state shellfish managers, and state/federal nutrient management programs.   Candidates must have a Ph.D. in marine science or a related field.  Individuals with experience in bivalve shellfish ecology and physiology and interest in marine policy and applied research are particularly encouraged to apply.  The position is awarded through the National Research Council. Information on the position and the application process can be found here: .  The National Research Council has an application review deadline of 5PM EST 11/1/2018, and applications must be submitted here: more information or questions about the position, contact Julie Rose at [email protected]. (posted 9/28/18)

PhD Assistantship in Aquaculture - University of Florida (USA): We are seeking a motivated PhD student to work on the development and application of genomic tools for hard clam aquaculture and evolutionary applications. A major component of the project will focus on transcriptome analysis of heat tolerance. Aquaculture of hard clams is a $65 million industry in the U.S. and our project will provide fundamental tools to address the high summer mortality of market-sized clams in the southeastern area.  The overall project has three objectives, including 1) evaluation of the effects of heat shock on physiology responses and survival of the hard clams (the northern hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria and southern hard clam M. campechiensis; 2) development of a high-coverage annotated transcriptome alignment for hard clams to characterize heat shock gene expression profiles and reveal the genes susceptible to heat-related mortality and survival, and 3) establishment of hard clam families for further evaluation and breeding targeting on heat tolerance.  The successful applicant will have opportunities to work in the field with local industry farms, in the research hatchery with the team member for clam breeding, and in the molecular lab and UF core facility for genetic analysis.  The University of Florida is located in the north-central Florida and is the state’s flagship university. This position will be based at the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program (FAS) in Gainesville and will include periodic travel to Cedar Key, Florida (1-hr driving from Gainesville) for hatchery, nursery, and grow-out experiments. Qualifications (minimum): Completed M.S. degree in aquaculture and genetics-related disciplines, GRE scores of >150 Verbal and >150 Quantitative; and valid driver’s license.  Preference will be given to candidates with: Research experience on molecular analysis, especially transcriptome analysis and/or familiarity with mollusk spawning, hatchery, and growout, and capability of biological assays and molecular techniques; Demonstrated research experience and peer-reviewed publication history; Demonstrated verbal and written scientific communication skills.  Salary/Benefits: $21,333 annually, plus tuition remission and GatorGradCare health insurance.  Interested applicants should submit the following documents as a single pdf or word file via email to Dr. Huiping Yang, ([email protected]) or Dr. James Austin ([email protected]) by Nov. 1, 2018.  Send in a cover letter summarizing interest in the position, qualifications and experience, as well as research and career aspirations; Curriculum Vitae; Unofficial academic transcripts; Unofficial GRE scores; Names and contact information of three professional references.  Final candidates will be contacted and required to submit formal application to the University of Florida graduate school by November 1, 2018. For further admission information please visit‐to‐apply/ or contact Ms. Amy Abernethy ([email protected]), the academic coordinator for graduate programs. (posted 9/21/18)

Mussel Hatchery Construction Project Manager, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, (USA): The Mussel Hatchery Construction Project Manager is the point person in the planning, designing and construction of PDE’s Fresh Water Mussel Hatchery.  RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Manages the design and construction of a full-scale Fresh Water Mussel Hatchery; Proposes the contracting method (design/build, design/bid/build); Manages the contractor selection process (pre-qualifying contractors, preparing bid documents, completing bid evaluations and making contractor recommendations); Oversees the day-to-day management of the design and construction contractors; Works with the selected design contractor to scale-up the pilot-scale mussel hatchery currently in operation; Reviews the design contractor’s work to ensure it meets functional requirements; Oversees construction to ensure it meets the design requirements and is delivered on schedule and within budget; Oversees the testing of Hatchery equipment to ensure it meets design requirements.  2) Manages the Project Budget and Schedule; Establishes the detailed project schedule, manages all schedule changes throughout the project and ensures that the targeted in-service date is met; Establishes the overall project budget and manages the budget to meet funding constraints; Establishes and maintains the cash flow model of the project; Prepares and submits funding applications to the funder(s); Manages the change order process with contractors and funders; Reports regularly the status of the budget, cash flow and schedule; Immediately notifies management of any project changes that might cause the project to exceed the funding amount or that might cause the project completion to extend beyond the planned in-service date. 3)   Manages the permitting process; Researches the Federal, State and City permit requirements; Is responsible for obtaining the required permits; Ensures that permit fees are paid timely; Ensures that permit requirements are clearly defined; Ensures that the responsible parties comply with the permit requirements.   REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering or construction management disciplines; 10 years of experience working in the engineering and construction industry; Demonstrated experience managing projects of similar size and complexity; Strong organizational and skills, attention to detail and meeting planning; Proven project management skills, including time management, budget/schedule management, and reporting; Leadership and supervisory skills including a demonstrated ability to manage contractors; General computer skills, including good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and project management software; Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience presenting to group; Ability to speak, read and write English; Valid United States driver’s license.  WORKING CONDITIONS - Time spent in this position will be divided between PDEs offices in Wilmington, DE and the construction location along the Schuylkill River in the Philadelphia city limits.  There may be occasional evening or weekend work hours.   PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS - The incumbent should be able to lift and carry light loads (up to 30 pounds) and be able to sit and stand for at least 2 to 3 hours at a time, provide their own correctable vision and hearing equipment and have no physical restrictions that would prevent performance of the duties in this job description.   This is a two-year temporary, full-time exempt salaried position that pays $78,000 per year. This position will be open until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a resume to: HR Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, 110 South Poplar Street, Suite 202, Wilmington, DE  19801; by fax to (302) 655-4991; or by e-mail to [email protected]. (posted 9/10/18)

Assistant Professor of Shellfish Pathology, North Carolina State University (USA): The Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University is seeking applications from qualified candidates for an Assistant Professor of Shellfish Pathology position.  Qualifications:   DVM or equivalent with board certification in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), or PhD with extensive shellfish disease diagnostic and research experience.  Responsibilities:  This position will develop a research and extension program on emerging diseases and pathogens related to Food Security and Ocean Health, and serve as the Director of the NC State University Shellfish Disease and Pathology Program based at NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) in Morehead City, North Carolina. The position will have a primary appointment within the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences, and will be expected to foster development of integrated programs within NCSU and to build strong community partnerships with other state, federal and private nonprofit organizations.  The applicant will be expected to work directly with and support the needs of stakeholders within the state, region, and nationally by establishing and heading the NC State University Shellfish Disease and Pathology Program. In addition to providing disease diagnostic services including health certification, the applicant is expected to strengthen research capacity in the field of shellfish disease and to provide leadership at the national and international level regarding shellfish health in commercial aquaculture, habitat restoration, and in response to environmental changes and perturbations.  The position will be expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research with limited teaching responsibilities. The position is expected to actively seek external funding through grants from state and national programs as well as contracts with trade associations and industry partnerships. This role will require routine travel for meeting with industry stakeholders, consultation with colleagues at the NCSU Raleigh campus or other locations, and to conduct research. The successful applicant must independently be able to travel from location to location.  Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and university goals. The successful candidate will be expected to foster an environment that is welcoming of all groups. The Department, as well as NC State University, are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.  Appointment Date:  On or after January 1, 2019.  Link to Apply:  To apply or for more information please go to  NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.  Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date. NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. (posted 8/29/18)

Postdoctoral Position, Shellfish Genomics at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Seattle and Manchester, WA, USA): In the Pacific Northwest, shellfish are being aquacultured for commercial and restoration purposes.  In both cases, issues have evolved that could be addressed using genomic approaches including restriction associated DNA sequencing (RADseq) and whole transcriptome RNA sequencing (WTSS or RNAseq) in combination with cellular and organismal physiology.  A two year postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Frederick (Rick) Goetz ( at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Manchester and Seattle, WA) to work on a project involving shellfish genomics. Projects could include the analysis of hatchery reared progeny relative to wild stocks; recognition of pathogens by shellfish and the role of hemocytes in the response of shellfish to pathogens; role of environmental cues (e.g., temperature) in transitioning shellfish from somatic growth to reproduction or; characterization of transcriptomic and protein markers for determining the timing and extent of gonadal maturation in individuals. This position is being offered through the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Fellowship Program ( and the NRC link to this opportunity can be found at:   For consideration or questions,  please send a resume, statement of research interests and background relative to one of the project areas listed above to [email protected](posted 8/4/18)