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Hatchery/Field Technician (Virginia, USA):  The Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science located at Gloucester Point, VA invites qualified applicants to apply for the Hatchery/Field Technician position. The successful candidate possesses strong interpersonal and communication skills with the proven ability to interact as an effective team player. Additionally, s/he has demonstrated experience in biological sciences – marine, oysters, aquaculture and general field operations.  The Hatchery Field Technician will support all activities necessary to support the mission of ABC. The position will support ABC field, hatchery and laboratory operations.  Responsibilities will include: With guidance from the field team leader, provides optimal husbandry of all biological material in the field, for diploids and polyploids. Assists with maintaining accurate inventories of biological materials in the field. Assists with field work outings. Provides field equipment maintenance when necessary. Provides direct assistance in spawning, larval rearing and nursery maintenance during ABC’s hatchery season, both at Gloucester Point campus and at Kauffman Aquaculture Center. Assists with laboratory work including sampling of ABC’s biological material.  Applications are only accepted online at W&M and more detailed information regarding the position can be found at http://jobs.wm.edu/postings/40052. Applications are due by midnight Tuesday, December 1, 2020. (posted 11/21/2020)

Aquaculture Technology Specialist (Maryland, USA): University of Maryland Extension invites applications for a full-time, grant-funded Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Specialist. This position will provide Extension support for the USDA funded “Smart Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture Management (S3AM)” project. Major responsibilities of the position are to coordinate Extension and outreach activities of a national multidisciplinary team to develop and implement smart technologies to advance bottom culture of oysters in the United States. Annual renewal of contract for up to five years will be dependent on USDA funding and results of annual accomplishment reporting.  Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree in aquaculture or a related field; Experience in oyster aquaculture production with emphasis on bottom culture techniques; This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check. Preferred qualifications: Master’s or Ph.D. in aquaculture or a relevant discipline preferred; Experience providing Extension support to shellfish growers is highly desired; The candidate should be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously while working independently, as well as a member of a team; The individual should have strong communication skills and be able to communicate with a variety of audiences.  For best consideration, applications must be received by December 20, 2020.  For the full job posting and how to apply: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/80152 (posted 11/21/2020)

Student Internship Opportunity (Florida, USA): Florida Sea Grant (FSG) is pleased to announce a university and college student internship program, HARVEST: Helping Aquaculture Reap Value and Enhance Student Training, offering college students paid part-time internships (up to 20 hours per week) with aquaculture businesses. The duties of these internships include but are not limited to farm work including gear maintenance, animal husbandry, harvesting, processing, culling, data collection, equipment maintenance, assisting with aquaculture-based science experiments, outreach and education, communications and marketing. The internship will aid in a variety of needs denoted by the aquaculture business to increase survivability, productivity, efficiency, sustainability, public outreach, and education. The HARVEST intern will gain experience in all facets of oyster aquaculture. Treasure Coast Shellfish’s aquaculture leases and processing facility are in Indian River County (Sebastian, FL), where the majority of the work will be performed. Working with Treasure Coast Shellfish the intern will be trained in using bottom (rack and bag) and off-bottom (floating cage) oyster culture methods. Duties include, but are not limited to, constructing, and maintaining culture gear, cultivation, grading, harvesting, and processing of oysters, and potential shellfish hatchery work. The intern will assist with ongoing scientific studies evaluating performance and health of selectively bred oysters, and local oyster broodstock. The intern will also be expected to perform independent research on evaluating the efficacy of wild, juvenile oyster (spat) collection techniques for aquaculture. For all projects, the intern will be expected to maintain gear and equipment, collect data, maintain detailed records and observations. Internship requirements: Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, preferably in a STEM-related discipline; Must be at least 18 years old; Must be organized, punctual, and on time for work; Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation to work sites in Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin counties; Must be capable of understanding and following instructions from the supervisor; Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions - wet, cold, hot, dry, & rough water, at various times of the day, including early morning hours, evenings, and weekends when necessary; Must be able to swim; Must be physically able to lift, push, and pull up to 60 pounds; Must wear proper safety and personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary and comply with all health and safety guidelines; Must be able to speak and understand English; Must work well with other crew members, and independently; Must maintain work area(s) and be respectful of neighboring communities and businesses; Must have their own supply of dive mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, dive booties, rain gear etc; Access to a personal computer for data entry. Preferred Experience: CPR Certified; Boat handling experience; Scuba Certified; Knowledgeable about Florida's Indian River Lagoon ecosystem; Shellfish experience & knowledge. Student interns will be established as OPS employees of the University of Florida with a set salary of $15/hour. The intern will work an average of 20 hours/week for approximately 9 months (Jan-Sept 2021, or a total of 720 hours). Some flexibility in the schedule is allowed, to establish the working relationship between the student intern and aquaculture business, and to account for seasonal variations in work requirements such as harvesting periods and gear maintenance.  A review of applications will begin January 4, 2021. The internship will begin January 25, 2021. Submit a cover letter, resumé and list of at least 3 references to Dr. Vincent Encomio ([email protected]). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University of Florida is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. Please email Dr. Encomio with any questions. (posted 11/18/2020)

Executive Director (Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA): The Gulf Shellfish Institute, Inc. is seeking an Executive Director to lead our growing research organization. The Gulf Shellfish Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation founded in 2015 and based in Manatee County, Florida (just South of Tampa and St. Petersburg and North of Sarasota). Its mission is to conduct industry driven, applied research that will lead to an increase in the production of bivalve mollusks for both economic and environmental benefit in Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration and strategic plan of the organization. Other key responsibilities include directed research, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. Requirements include: 1. An advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in fisheries, aquaculture, marine science, or related field; 2. Success in writing research proposals, obtaining grant funding, and/or publishing, preferably pertaining to shellfish (bivalve) aquaculture; 3. Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community (strong written and oral communication skills); 4. Demonstrated ability to execute research projects, including associated field work, and collaborate with staff and project partners; 5. Organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation; 6. Financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting; 7. References to indicate a strong work ethic with a high degree of energy. Expected Starting Salary $50,000 - $70,000 with an additional bonus program. To Apply: Only persons with a valid, U.S. driver’s license will be considered. Submit a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to: [email protected] Applications are due by December 11th, 2020. To learn more about the Gulf Shellfish Institute Inc. please visit www.gulfshellfishinstitute.org. (posted 11/5/20)

Research Professional (Georgia, USA): Applications are being accepted for a Research Professional at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography of the University of Georgia (SkIO), a multidisciplinary research institution located on the Georgia coast near Savannah, GA (http://www.skio.uga.edu/). This position will work with a Principal Investigator to conduct research in biological oceanography for a 12-month period and is renewable on an annual basis contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of research funding. Responsibilities will include the daily operations of the Frischer Molecular Ecology Laboratory and participating in ongoing grant-funded laboratory and field research including participation in oceanographic research cruises.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a related field, master’s degree preferred.  Minimum of 1-year of relevant research experience.  Duties/Responsibilities: Support the daily operation of the laboratory including ordering and tracking materials and supply inventories, laboratory safety, and laboratory waste management; Performance of a range of technical analyses largely focused on nucleic acids (DNA, rRNA, and mRNA); Routine maintenance of algae and other cultured organisms; Data and record keeping and basic data analysis; Assist with and provide supervision and training to undergraduate students, graduate students, and research associates in all aspects of the ongoing research; Participate in the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and grant proposals; Some travel may be required associated with fieldwork or attendance at scientific meetings; Operate vehicles and laboratory equipment in a safe, technically correct manner; Follow standardized research protocols with supervision.  Skills/Abilities: Knowledge of basic laboratory skills; Knowledge of reagent preparation and axenic sterile culture techniques; Knowledge of nucleic acid purification and quantification; Knowledge of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction); Knowledge of gel electrophoresis, and other complex molecular biology and biochemistry assays. (omics analysis skills preferred).
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Software (Excel, Powerpoint, Word); Capable of sea-going activities related to coastal oceanographic data collection.
Ability to work in a variety of conditions, climate controlled and outdoor environments; Ability to understand and interpret scientific information (data and technical manuals); Ability to work independently.  Other duties as assigned and appropriate.   APPLICATION DEADLINE - OPEN UNTIL FILLED.  To apply, please submit application via the UGA website with a cover letter and resume using the job search function for Position #S05311P at the following URL: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/174259 Please contact Levon Calloway, Business Manager, at [email protected] or Dr. Marc Frischer, Professor, at [email protected] for any additional information regarding this position.  (posted 10/25/20)

Algae Technician (Massachusetts, USA): Island Creek Oysters (ICO) is searching for a dedicated algae technician to take on the challenge of developing the hatchery’s algae production to its fullest potential. ICSF is looking for a hardworking, experienced, and reliable individual to join the team. This position is full-time at the Duxbury, MA shellfish hatchery through the end of August 2021, when further employment will be evaluated. Compensation based on level of experience.  Major Roles & Tasks: Manage the hatchery’s marine microalgae culture, which includes 10-12 species; Work closely with Hatchery Manager to create proper algae schedules for feeding broodstock, larvae, and post-set seed for the following shellfish species - oysters, hard clams, surf clams & bay scallops; Understand & manage current semi-continuous culture at all stages: flask, carboy, kalwall & greenhouse; Problem solve with technical competence to either improve, fix or create new systems & protocols; Experiment with and/or introduce different algae culture techniques; Maintain hatchery’s high level of cleanliness & sterile processes; Manage detailed algae data collection throughout the season. Job Requirements: At least 1 year algae culture experience; Flexible schedule, ability to work long days & weekend shifts; Ability to lift 50 lbs. repeatedly throughout the workday; High attention to detail & organization; Good communication with manager & coworkers; Efficient time management & ability to multitask; Ability to collaborate in a small team environment; Eager to exceed personal and company goals; Ability to adapt to change and do whatever it takes to accomplish the job; Have an upbeat personality and positive attitude; Become a good representative of Island Creek.  Island Creek Shellfish Farm Inc., in collaboration with Island Creek Oysters Inc., is an equal opportunity
employer, or EOE. Any inquiries/questions can be sent to the manager, Hannah Pearson, at [email protected]. (posted 9/4/2020).

Postdoctoral Research Position (Northeastern University, Massachusetts, USA):  The Distel Laboratory at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center seeks a postdoctoral research scientist to take a leading role in research exploring the interactions between shipworms (wood-eating teredinid bivalves) and their intracellular bacterial endosymbionts. Shipworms are the only marine animals known to grow and reproduce with wood as a sole food source. They are unique among all marine intracellular symbioses in that both the hosts and their symbionts can be cultured in the laboratory. The current position will develop shipworms as a model system for studying host-symbiont interaction at molecular, physiological and ultrastructural levels under funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. In addition, the position will lend support to a NOAA funded project to explore symbiont communities associated with an ancient submerged forest off the coast of Alabama and their potential biomedical and biotechnological applications. The anticipated term of the appointment is 2 years starting in September 2020.  The position is located at the Ocean Genome Legacy Center (OGL) at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, MA. OGL is a non-profit marine research organization and biological specimen repository dedicated to exploring and preserving the wealth of information contained in the genomes of endangered, rare, unusual and ecologically critical marine organisms. The Marine Science Center is part of Northeastern University’s Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences and is a research and education facility located on the peninsula at historic East Point in Nahant, Massachusetts. Nahant is a beautiful historic coastal community close to downtown Boston. Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  For complete job description and to apply, visit: https://careers.hrm.northeastern.edu/en-us/job/503457/postdoctoral-research-associate (posted 8/25/2020)