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Shellfish Assessment Biologist (3 positions open, Oregon, USA):  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Marine Resources Program is recruiting for 3 Shellfish Assessment Biologists in Newport, Oregon.  These are limited duration positions lasting 12-15 months starting March 2022 responsible for assisting the Shellfish and Estuary Assessment of Coastal Oregon (SEACOR) project which generates quantitative data to describe shellfish communities in selected bays and estuaries throughout Oregon.  The project conducts research and assessment of Oregon’s marine / estuarine shellfish and estuarine habitat resources.  The primary responsibility of this position will be to conduct intertidal and subtidal surveys of shellfish populations and habitats in coastal estuaries as a member of the SEACOR (Shellfish and Estuarine Assessment of Coastal Oregon) team. This position will participate in other ecological studies of shellfish populations to address resource management needs (e.g. Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flights to map eelgrass; acoustic surveys to map bathymetry and habitats), conduct laboratory analyses of SEACOR field samples (e.g. grain size analysis), and help maintain SEACOR field equipment and boats. This position will record shellfish population and habitat data into field data sheets, ArcGIS Apps on tablets in the field, and Access databases. This position will help maintain the quality control of SEACOR data, participate in data analysis of SEACOR datasets, assist with writing of technical reports, and participate in SEACOR and Shellfish Program outreach events.  This position is based out of Newport, Oregon. Office and laboratory work to be conducted primarily in Newport. Field Work to be conducted primarily in Tillamook Bay and other selected estuaries along the Oregon coast.  Preference may be given to candidates who possess or are in pursuit of a degree in fisheries, biology, ecology, or marine sciences with the following related skills and experience:Field work in marine intertidal systems; Small boat handling, operation, safety, and maintenance; Knowledge of shellfish species, fisheries, and estuarine habitats; Knowledge of experimental design and field gear preparation, construction, and maintenance; Experience or familiarity with data entry and management using relational databases especially Microsoft Access and ArcGIS geodatabases; Familiarity or experience with ArcGIS for mapping and spatial analysis; Familiarity or experience with collecting data using tablets and/or ArcGIS Apps (Field Maps, Survey 1-2-3); Data management and statistical analysis using the R statistical package.  Questions, contact Anthony F. D'Andrea, Ph.D., Project Leader, Shellfish and Estuarine Habitat Assessment Project ([email protected], Phone: 541-867-7701 ext.238).  To view full details and to apply: https://oregon.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/SOR_External_Career_Site/job/Newport--ODFW/SEACOR-Shellfish-Biologist--Biological-Science-Assistant-_REQ-85526  Applications are due by January 27, 2022, at 11:59pm PDT. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled but applicants that meet the January 27th deadline will have priority. (posted 1/17/2022)

Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (Virginia, USA):  The Virginia Institute of Marine Science Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC) invites qualified applicants to apply for the temporary position as an Oyster Aquaculture Training Program Participant. The successful candidate(s) must be physically able to start work on or shortly after April 10, 2022 and plan to work through August 31, 2022, 40 hours a week. The center’s mission is to develop superior shellfish brood stock for the east coast industry using state of the art breeding approaches. ABC has four main components of operation: hatchery, field and nursery, Kauffman Aquaculture Center (KAC), and laboratory.  Oyster Aquaculture Training Program participants will assist in all oyster aquaculture operations of ABC. Specific rotations will be in the oyster hatcheries, (both Gloucester Point and Kauffman Center in Topping, VA, 40 minutes from Gloucester Point) the field grow-out (6 field sites including one in Maryland) and the flow cytometry laboratory.  Participants will have the opportunity and are encouraged to work at externships with other hatcheries/commercial farms. Participants will also participate in lectures on topics ranging from shellfish breeding and genetics, diseases of shellfish, site selection and gear considerations and more.   Duties will also include: Brood stock conditioning and maintenance; Algal culture; Oyster spawning and larval rearing and setting; Nursery husbandry  of seed and field grow out; Cleaning and building of hatchery equipment and field gear; and Data collection for ongoing breeding work and grant-funded projects.  Deadline is January 30, 2022.  To apply:  http://jobs.wm.edu/hr/postings/45489 (posted 1/7/2022)

Staff Scientist Position in Shellfish Aquaculture Research (Florida, USA): The Gulf Shellfish Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is seeking a highly motivated scientist to assist in our shellfish aquaculture research efforts. The position will assist the Executive Director in carrying out applied aquaculture research and other assigned duties. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a M.S. in marine science (or related discipline) and a strong background in scientific research, experimental design, field work, and scientific writing. Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with bivalves and seagrass. This position is available for one year, but could be extended depending upon funding. For a full job description and to apply please visit: http://www.gulfshellfishinstitute.org/join-us. Applications should be received by January 31, 2022.  Additional inquiries can be directed to Stephen Hesterberg ([email protected]). (posted 12/28/21)

Tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor Marine Biology (Indiana, USA): Goshen College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Marine Biology to begin July 1, 2022 with a specialization in marine biology.  Primary teaching responsibilities will support our major in Environmental and Marine Science. Teaching load could include Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Invertebrate Zoology, and/or  Oceanography, in addition to courses in the candidate’s area of specialty. The majority of teaching takes place at the college’s J.N. Roth Marine Biology station (located in the Florida Keys) as part of the college’s Marine Biology Semester. During this fall semester, students complete two field courses and an internship. Serving as the Program Director of the J.N. Roth station, the successful candidate will recruit students and develop field-based research projects suitable for the department’s required senior thesis program. Teaching may include general education courses in the GC Core or other ecology courses.  Ability to work in the field for long periods including intensive 3 to 12 week courses, which includes driving a boat, snorkeling/swimming, and living in the Florida Keys. Minimum Qualification: Ph.D. in Marine Biology or closely related field is preferred; Master’s degree in Marine Biology with significant professional experience will be considered; Commitment to teaching at a liberal arts school; Commitment to curriculum development; Commitment to working with a diverse student body; Commitment to the mission and core values of Goshen College.  Skills: Collaborative, innovative teacher-scholar dedicated to undergraduate teaching in an inclusive academic and campus community; Excellent aptitude and ability in teaching and educational technology; Mentorship of student research; Active engagement in research and publishing; Ability to establish positive working relationships with colleagues and students; Contribute knowledge and ideas to department and college endeavors.  Review of applications will begin January 5, 2022, and continue until the position is filled.  For full job description and to apply: https://www.goshen.edu/employment/2021/11/18/assistant-or-associate-professor-of-marine-biology/ (posted 12/28/21)

Research Scientist (or Postdoctoral Associate) (Florida, USA): The University of Florida is seeking a motivated Research Scientist (or Postdoctoral Associate) to work on the development and application of germplasm cryopreservation technology for oyster breeding program and seed production. Full time (40 hr/week) for one year with possible extension for another two years.  The component of this project will include: 1) germplasm cryopreservation technology development; 2) oyster and clam spawning, larval culture, and breeding, and 3) collaboration with team members and industry members for technology application.  The successful applicant will have opportunities to work in the field with local industry farms, in the research hatchery with the team member for oyster and clam breeding, and in the molecular lab and UF core facility for genetic analysis.  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 PhD or M.S. degree in shellfish aquaculture and genetics-related disciplines.  Preference will be given to candidates with:  Research experience on shellfish broodstock culture, spawning, larval culture, and growout; Research experience on molecular analysis, such as transcriptome analysis, and capability for biological assays and breeding; Demonstrated research experience and peer-reviewed publication history, verbal and written scientific communication skills written; Demonstrated capability of time and project management.  Interested applicants should submit the following documents as a single pdf or word file via email to Dr. Huiping Yang, ([email protected]).  Cover letter summarizing interest in the position, qualifications, and experience, as well as research and career aspirations. Curriculum Vitae.  Names and contact information of three professional references.  Contact:  Dr. Huiping Yang with any questions. (posted 11/18/21)

Postdoctoral Associate/Senior Postdoctoral Associate (New York, USA): The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for the Postdoctoral Associate/Senior Postdoctoral position. The title/rank will be contingent upon the selected candidate's skills and experience in their area of expertise. A Postdoctoral Associate / Senior Postdoctoral Associate is needed to conduct research in Marine Genomics and/or Shellfish Genomics.  The Postdoctoral Associate will conduct research in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences under the supervision of Principal Investigator, Dr. Bassem Allam in the SoMAS Marine Animal Disease Laboratory (MADL). The Postdoctoral Associate will assist in the analysis of large-scale genomics sequences (RNASeq, RADSeq) to answer questions pertaining to the molecular mechanisms associated with the resilience of bivalve molluscs to pathogenic and environmental stress.  The successful candidate will show evidence of creativity and high productivity. The Senior Postdoctoral Associate will conduct research in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences under the supervision of Principal Investigator, Dr. Bassem Allam in the SoMAS Marine Animal Disease Laboratory (MADL), working on highly complex, and technically broad challenges and problems such as the analysis of large-scale genomics sequences (RNASeq, RADSeq, Genomes assembly and annotation) to answer questions pertaining to the molecular mechanisms associated with the resilience of bivalve molluscs to pathogenic and environmental stress.  The successful candidate will show evidence of creativity and high productivity.  For entire job description and how to apply: https://stonybrooku.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=2104375&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York (posted 11/17/21)


Postdoctoral researcher (Louisiana, USA): The University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in multi-stressor ecological research and experience in phytoplankton, shellfish, and/or coastal ecology. The Postdoctoral Researcher will work as part of the collaborative LO-SPAT project (www.lospat.org) which seeks to gain a better understanding of how stressors in the estuarine environment impact the ecology and physiology of oysters. The Postdoctoral Research will help lead experiments aiming to quantitatively assess the tolerance of oysters to low salinity conditions and relevant co-stressors (e.g., changing prey quantity/quality, turbidity, hypoxia, pH, etc.). The Postdoctoral Researcher will work with the project team, including academic collaborators, private industry, and state agencies on all aspects of the 3 to 5-year project (60%) and will have the opportunity to pursue individual research projects within that framework (40%). This position will be based in the laboratory of Dr. Beth Stauffer at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (www.staufferlab.com). The position will require travel (weekday, overnight, and weekend) to other universities and to industry and state partners within Louisiana, Mississippi, and Maryland.  The ideal candidate would possess: Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline, including but not limited to: phytoplankton ecology, biological oceanography, shellfish/restoration and/or coastal ecology. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position; Experience conducting multi-stressor experiments and frameworks for analyses and interpretation; Record of publication and presentation of results appropriate to career stage; Experience working as a part of a team and mentoring students (undergrad or graduate); Interest in engaging with partners and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and with varied perspectives. This will be a 12-month, benefits-eligible, staff position with an initial appointment of 1 year. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Continuation of the position beyond the initial appointment is possible up to 3-4 years total and will be based on availability of funds and performance.  Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to Dr. Beth Stauffer ([email protected]), but formal application must be filled out via the online system. In your application, please include 1) a cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications, 2) CV, and 3) contact information for three professional references (they will not be contacted until the short-list stage). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, but we are hoping to fill this position by Feb 1, 2022. (posted 11/9/21)

Laboratory Researcher IV (New Jersey, USA): Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Laboratory Researcher IV for the Haskin Shellfish Research Lab. Duties include but are not limited to production of cultchless eastern oyster, bay scallop, and surf clam seed in accordance with existing NJAIC protocol for sale to private industry, coordination and interaction with private industry growers, assisting with ongoing externally funded culture efforts, and training and oversight of a small team of seasonal undergraduate and graduate student technicians. Among the key duties of this position are the following: Oversee daily bivalve hatchery activities including broodstock conditioning, spawning, larval rearing, post-set husbandry, and grow-out of juveniles; Manages all shellfish production orders, ensures shellfish industry growers obtain product in a fair and timely manner, as well as coordinates with principal secretary to maintain a transparent payment and delivery system;  Trains and oversees seasonal technicians in culture techniques and equipment handling/maintenance; Installs and maintains laboratory support systems, culture equipment, and facility equipment.  For complete job description and to apply: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/146958 (posted 11/4/21)

Postdoctoral Research Position in Modeling Interactions among Wind Energy and Shellfish Fisheries (New Jersey, USA):   Post-Doctoral Associate position available immediately. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team whose goal is modeling economic and ecological interactions of two major commercial shellfish fisheries and proposed wind energy farms along the US Atlantic coast. The commercial shellfish fisheries along the east coast are among the largest (by landed weight) and most valuable (by dockside value). These clam and scallop fisheries are also at the greatest risk of being negatively affected by offshore wind development because of their overlap with existing lease areas, and the nature of the vessels and fishing gear used. The novel agent-based modeling approach developed and used in this research will serve to answer questions about interactions among fisheries, wind energy, and future climate conditions, providing timely science tools for management decision-making.  The position is based at the Haskin Shellfish Research Lab (located in Port Norris, NJ) at Rutgers University, in Professor Daphne Munroe’s group, however remote participation is possible. Will include frequent meetings with project collaborators and advisors from management and fishing communities. Funding is in place for one year, with possible extension through 2 years. The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating meetings with interdisciplinary teams, collection of data from advisory teams, assessments and primary literature, planning and running simulations of ocean energy/fishery interactions, and writing manuscripts about results. We seek applications from candidates with experience or interest in shellfish fisheries and numerical modeling. The project is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, and we invite applications from candidates who excel in teamwork environments and are interested in building a dynamic network of collaborators.  Minimum Education and Experience:  PhD in marine biology, ecology, fisheries, data science or related fields.  Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Preference will be given to applicants with 1) expertise in shellfish ecology, fisheries, or resource management; 2) strong communication, team building, and organization skills; 3) ability to code in R, MatLab, Fortran or similar languages; and 4) strong publication record and proven written and oral communication skills. Valid Driver’s License required.  Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit a single PDF with cover letter, CV, and names/contact information of three references to Dr. Daphne Munroe at dmunroe “at” hsrl.rutgers.edu. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found. For job listing and to apply: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/121757 (posted 11/3/21)

Postdoctoral Research Position in Shellfish Pathology Biosecurity (New Jersey, USA): Post-Doctoral Associate position available immediately. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team developing and Regional Shellfish Seed Biosecurity Program (RSSBP) designed to inform shellfish regulators and producers involved in the production and transfer of shellfish within and among bodies of water and differing legal jurisdictions.  A shellfish health database has been designed and is expanding to include the Gulf of Mexico.  The successful candidate will be responsible for soliciting data, developing and analyzing the data, and suggesting or implementing database modifications.  The candidate will become proficient in use of the database and in training others to utilize the database.  The candidate will also participate in the companion shellfish seed hatchery compliance program including managing annual audits and their findings.   The position can be based at the Haskin Shellfish Research Lab (located in Port Norris, NJ) at Rutgers University, in Professor David Bushek’s lab group or in the Office of Research Analytics (located in New Brunswick, NJ).  Remote participation is possible, but travel will be required periodically for team meetings, attendance at workshops and conferences, training of various stakeholders, and participation in hatchery audits. Frequent meetings, likely online, with project collaborators and advisors from management and aquaculture communities will be required. Funding is in place for one year, with the expectation of a second year from a grant that is currently funded. The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating meetings with interdisciplinary teams, collection of data from the primary literature and various stakeholders, planning and obtaining stats and site comparisons from the database as well as writing reports, manuscripts, factsheets and webpages about results. We seek applications from candidates with experience or interest in shellfish pathology, management, and aquaculture. The project is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, and we invite applications from candidates who excel in team environments and are interested in building a dynamic network of collaborators. Minimum Education and ExperiencePhD in marine biology, ecology, fisheries, data science or related fields.  Required Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesPreference will be given to applicants with 1) expertise in shellfish pathology, aquaculture ecology, fisheries, or resource management; 2) strong communication, team building, and organization skills; web programming and/or database management.  Special Instructions to Applicants:  Submit a single PDF with cover letter, CV, and names/contact information of three references to Dr. David Bushek at bushek “at” hsrl.rutgers.edu. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found. For complete job listing and to apply: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/146329 (posted 11/3/21)

Postdoctoral Research Position (New Jersey, USA): Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join a research team on a project that will involve both field-based and laboratory-based experiments. Position is based at the Haskin Shellfish Research Lab (located in Port Norris, NJ) and will include travel to meet with project collaborators and advisors from management and fishing communities. Funding is in place for 18 months, with possible extension subject to funding. The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating experiments which will include farm-scale grow-out experiments in the ocean, lab-scale multi-stressor (temperature and ocean acidification) experiments in the hatchery, meetings with industry and management collaborators, and writing reports and manuscripts about results. Opportunities for grant writing, undergraduate student mentoring, and presentations at science conferences will be encouraged.We are looking for applications from candidates with experience or interest in shellfish aquaculture and with a strong background in experimental design and data analysis. This research will involve time at sea on commercial vessels. The project is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, and we invite applications from candidates who excel in team work environments and are interested in building a strong network of collaborators. Minimum Education and Experience: PhD in ecology, aquaculture, fisheries, biological oceanography or related fields.  Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Preference will be given to applicants with 1) expertise in shellfish aquaculture, ecology, or resource management; 2) strong communication, team building, and organization skills; 3) quantitative statistical and data analytical skills; 4) ability for at-sea work on commercial vessels, and 5) strong publication records and proven written and oral communication skills.  For complete job description and how to apply:  https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/146604 (posted 11/1/21)

Assistant/Associate Professor, Biology (Fisheries and Mariculture) (Texas, USA): The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology (Fisheries & Mariculture) and Program Coordinator for the Fisheries and Mariculture program (FAMA) to begin spring 2022. Rank will be determined upon qualifications. We seek a motivated and talented person who can work in Mariculture-related sciences, and applicants whose expertise is complementary to that of existing faculty and who can fill known gaps in the department are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, supervise graduate students in the FAMA MS program and Marine Biology PhD program, and teach courses consistent with their individual expertise.  Required Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Fisheries Science, Biology or related field specializing in Mariculture; A strong publication record in leading journals.  Preferred Qualifications: Individuals with active, externally-funded research programs and collaborations, who can take advantage of potential faculty collaborators and our research laboratories and equipment, including the Texas A&M AgriLife Mariculture Research Facility, High Performance Computer Center, Isotope Core Lab, microscopy and other analytical facilities; Applicants whose research focus is complementary to existing faculty in the department are especially encouraged to apply.  A completed application must include: Cover letter, Statement of research interests, Teaching statement that details a) preferred teaching interest and teaching philosophy, and b) strategies to guide/grow the FAMA program. Curriculum vitae, Four professional references including name, address, title, telephone number, and email addresses including a current or previous supervisor.  The position will remain open until a finalist is selected. Review of applications will begin in November 2021. For more information, please contact: Dr. Christopher Hollenbeck ([email protected]).  For complete job description and to apply: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMUCC_External/job/Corpus-Christi-TAMUCC/Assistant-Associate-Professor--Biology--Fisheries-and-Mariculture-_R-042373 (posted 10/21/21)