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Post-Doctoral Position - NOAA/NMFS laboratory Milford, CT (USA):  The NOAA NMFS laboratory located in Milford, CT has a post-doctoral position available through the National Academics of Science Engineering Medicine Research Associateship Program.  The Milford Laboratory was founded in 1932 and is known internationally for their research on shellfish aquaculture. Aquaculture has grown in the United States, with approximately 50% of all seafood produced from human consumption coming from aquaculture. In the last decade, increase ocean acidification could become a problem for aquaculture hatcheries in the United States, which may affect shellfish growth, survival, and our food supply.  A post-doc position has become available to conduct modeling with laboratory studies of ocean acidification in a bivalve aquaculture hatchery on the East Coast of the United States.  The post-doc researcher will be responsible for developing a Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) model for the eastern oysters in a hatchery environment.  The researcher will be working with a shellfish hatchery to obtain realistic hatchery numbers (carrying capacity, current environmental conditions, feeding rates, and growth rates) to build the model.  The model should be something that hatcheries will find useful in their everyday operations, by providing guidance on how to respond to changes in the water carbonate chemistry (be it to increase food, buffer, or decrease stocking densities).  Model work will be combined with experiments at the hatchery to validate the model results, as necessary.  This project will require strong modeling skills, preferably in DEB modeling and working with the East Coast Shellfish Industry, academic partners, and other government agencies.  The position and how to apply can be found at  Briefly the NRC positon deadline is August 1st 5pm, all applicants should submit their application by that time period by following the instructions located at  The NRC positions come with a stipend, health benefits, and travel to scientific meetings. Please contact if you have any questions about the position or how to apply. (posted 5/18/18)

Aquatic Diagnostic Technician, Center for Economic and Environmental Development, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island (USA): This grant and lab funded full-time year round, permanent position has the primary responsibility for duties related to the maintenance of the aquatic diagnostic laboratory and assistance with conducting research projects as well as providing diagnostic services to the aquaculture community.  The Aquatic Diagnostic Technician will perform a variety of laboratory duties related to the aquaculture health mission of the laboratory including collection and processing of samples, conducting tests and reporting. The person will assist the veterinarian in training and directing students who work in the laboratory.  This person will assist the veterinarian in maintaining the health of fish and shellfish within the laboratory.  FunctionsReceives, processes and conducts diagnostic tests (quantitative PCR, PCR, necropsies, etc.) on bivalves and fish submitted to the laboratory for disease testing from aquaculturists, regulators, etc.  Assembles resulting data in summaries (written and graphed reports) and provides to the veterinarian.  Maintains current, and helps develop new, laboratory data and sample collections/records.  Helps the veterinarian to develop appropriate research protocols, conducts and helps to conduct research, collects and records research data and summarizes/helps to summarize and report data.  Uses Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) to process and conduct diagnostic and research testing methods.  Under the guidance of the veterinarian, directly supervises students working in the diagnostic laboratory and helps to train them in appropriate diagnostic and research procedures. Makes sample collection trips and site visits with/without the veterinarian to various aquaculture leases (both inter-tidal and sub-tidal), and other aquatic facilities, in various types of weather conditions with and without use of boats. Collects, or helps to collect, samples on site and keeps them organized during collection. Responsible for sampling coordination of student researchers and other workers within the laboratory and in offsite locations.  Interacts and arranges sample submissions with aquaculturists, regulators and other diagnostic laboratory customers.  Ensures the receipt, proper handling, proper storage, cataloging and/or inventory of received chemicals, equipment, materials and specimens for the diagnostic laboratory. Assists with proposal development and grant writing, as well as designs and presents posters and presentations at conferences.  Helps to review student papers, posters and presentations.  Manages the schedules, tasks and time of the assistant laboratory technician and the students who work and conduct research in the laboratory. Prerequisite Qualifications:  Master’s degree in biology or similar degree; Very good laboratory molecular abilities; Good communication skills; Ability to work accurately and methodically to conduct diagnostic tests and research goals; Ability to develop recording methods and record detailed data and information and to maintain accurate field notes; Ability to summarize procedures and scientific findings in written and oral format; Ability to analyze and understand simple summary statistics; Excellent organization skills and able to work independently while maintaining frequent communication with supervisor, students and co- workers; and Knowledge of shellfish biology and field data collection experience.  Salary position starting at $47,500.  Application Process:  link to:     Questions may be addressed to (posted 4/2/18)

Shellfish Biologist, Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game, Massachusetts (USA):  The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries serves Massachusetts’ citizens by protecting, restoring, and enhancing fishery resources and their habitats, while providing sustainable fisheries related recreational and commercial opportunities. *A cover letter and resume expressing your interest in this position must be submitted as part of the application process.  These documents must be specifically attached to the requisition for which you are applying.  The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Marine Fisheries seeks qualified applicants to serve as a shellfish biologist in the shellfish sanitation and management program.  The individual in this position will assist in the operation of the Division of Marine Fisheries Shellfish Sanitation and Management Program in Boston Harbor and the North Shore, involving bacteriological analysis, sanitary classification and monitoring of shellfish growing areas in addition to technical assistance, biological monitoring, Shellfish Plant Laboratory support and habitat protection.DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Plan and conduct field investigations leading to the classification of shellfish growing areas, including collection and interpretation of water quality data, shoreline surveys to identify contamination sources, and sanitary surveys in support of classification decisions; 2) Prepare written technical sanitary and biological survey reports to support classification decisions and management recommendations. Prepare both technical and non-technical letters and memoranda; 3) Provide technical assistance to coastal communities in the areas of biological management, shellfish biology and diseases, and identification and mitigation of contaminated sources; 4) Answer requests for information from municipal officials, state and federal government agencies, and the public on all matters relating to shellfish in Massachusetts; 5) Monitor, as well as assist in the management of, marine biotoxins identifying and quantifying toxic marine phytoplankton.  Collect shellfish and assist in marine biotoxin analysis as required in laboratory using approved procedures and methodologies.  Compile and analyze biotoxin data.  Maintain laboratory field and laboratory equipment including periodic calibrations and standardizations as instructed; 6) Organize, record, and maintain data including coding and data entry for analysis. Prepare graphical presentations of data for inclusion in reports, publications and presentations; 7) Represent program and agency, conducting meetings and providing oral presentations to the public, shellfish industry and fisheries professionals.  Occasional evening meetings in program communities; 8) Operate and maintain field equipment, including motor vehicles, small craft and trailers; sampling gear and aquaculture/propagation equipment; and 9) Assist other Marine Fisheries projects conducting monitoring and research as time allows.  QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledges, skills, abilities): 1) Considerable knowledge of fishery biology and management as related to shellfish management, sanitation and marine biotoxins; 2) Working knowledge of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP); 3) Working knowledge of bacteriological sampling and testing as well as knowledge of survey and sampling design and application; 4) Working knowledge of phytoplankton analysis and marine biotoxin analysis and management under NSSP; 5) Familiarity with sampling gear commonly used in the field of fisheries science and associated disciplines; 6) Experience operating and navigating small vessels in coastal waters under difficult conditions; 7) Willingness to work a flexible schedule (around low tides) including occasional weekends and evenings; 8) Excellent oral and written communication skills; 9) Knowledge of computer software including Microsoft Office suite with ability to perform arithmetic and statistical computations; 10) Ability to analyze and determine the applications of biological data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; 11) Ability to speak effectively and prepare with ease, clear and concise written general and technical reports; 12) Ability to supervise employee(s), as well as work independently; 13) Extensive experience working with municipal and state personnel/agencies; 14) Ability to read, interpret and apply policies, procedures, guidelines, laws, rules and regulations governing agency operations and assigned unit activities; and 15) Demonstrated ability to effectively manage time and adjust daily schedule to efficiently complete correspondence, field work, travel, and attend meetings.REMARKS:The incumbent, as shellfish area biologist, will plan and conduct routine water quality monitoring, shoreline surveys and sanitary evaluations, and write sanitary reports for classification of Massachusetts shellfish growing areas.  The incumbent will work with local and state personnel and agencies, and non-governmental organizations planning and writing project proposals, grant applications and contracts.  Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (around the tides) including occasional weekends and evenings. This position is based in Gloucester.SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator’s Class D license or equivalent license from the state in which you reside. Qualifications: Applicants must have at least (A) three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, para-professional or technical experience in marine biology or fisheries management work, of which (B) at least one year must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions:I. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in marine, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*  II. A Graduate degree with a major in marine, fisheries or, fisheries or wildlife biology; fisheries or wildlife management; marine science or oceanography may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.  To apply for this job, click here. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Research Assistant, Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture and Restoration Lab, University of Florida (USA): This is an OPS Research Assistant position (Gainesville, Florida, University of Florida) funded by a grant for one year with possible extension depending on availability of funding. This fulltime position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of a funded oyster triploid-tetraploid project which include traveling to local farms, spawning of oysters, collecting and analysis samples, growing algae, collecting water, and maintaining a recirculating system. Additional responsibilities include purchasing lab materials, organizing data for preparation of project reports, working on other research activities pertaining to shellfish aquaculture and genetics, and assisting graduate and undergraduate students in the lab. This position will be expected to work weekdays and some weekends. This position starts immediately with payment at $15-18/hr.  The knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) needed to perform job duties are: Knowledge of: shellfish hatchery operations, principles and practices of shellfish biology and aquaculture; Skill in: plumbing, electrical, carpentry are required; Ability to: work independently, deal with multiple tasks, solve problems, and lift 50 lbs; Master’s degree or Bachelor's degree with two years of experience in aquaculture or fisheries.  Grant funded seasonal position. Funding expected to end in Feb 2019.  To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter to Huiping Yang (  The University of Florida is an equal employment opportunity employer. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening, which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. (posted 3/12/18)