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Tenure-track Joint Position, Mollusc Aquaculture (Chile): The Department of Aquaculture at the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN), campus Coquimbo-Chile, invites interested candidates to apply for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant/ Associate Professor with research and teaching responsibilities in mollusk aquaculture technology.  POSITION DESCRIPTION: Proactive researcher, with leadership skills, and willingness to work in a multidisciplinary team to strengthen the research area of mollusc aquaculture. QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidate must hold a PhD degree in Aquaculture or closely related field and must have documented research experience in mollusc culture technology (reproduction, breeding and growing); Demonstrated teaching experience; Productivity accredited by scientific publications in WoS journals in aquaculture or related research, with at least 5 publications during the last 5 years; Experience in the formulation and execution of research projects during the last five years, preferably funded by national or international agencies; APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Resume or CV with copies of the documents that support academic degrees, research and teaching experience, and publications; Two confidential letters of recommendation; Work plan in the mollusk culture technology area to be executed during the first two years after assuming the academic position. ACADEMIC POSITION TERMS: Salary according to the income scale for Assistant/ Associate Professor of the Universidad Católica del Norte; Teaching duties compatible with research activities; Support for research collaboration in national and/or foreign universities and research centers. Additional income can be obtained via research grants and/or WoS publications incentives; Available from July 2022.  Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed by three Professors of the Marine Science Faculty at the UCN. The committee will require an interview and an oral presentation to the Aquaculture Department, where the applicants will expose their knowledge on the mollusc aquaculture field and their work plan.  Following Chilean Law no. 20.422 that establishes rules on equal opportunities and social inclusion of people with disabilities, the Catholic University of the North seeks to ensure that the selection processes are developed under equal conditions for all people, for this reason, the applicants can inform if they require support devices, adjustments to the instruments used during the selection process.  Application deadline July 15, 2022.  Send applications to at electronic address: [email protected]  The Universidad Católica del Norte reserves the right of declaring the position vacant, without expression of cause. (posted 6/8/22)


Shellfish Genetics Postdoctoral Fellow (Rhode Island, USA): The University of Rhode Island and USDA ARS Program in Shellfish Genetics and Breeding are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a project that aims to understand genetic architecture of disease resistance traits in Eastern oysters Crassostrea virginica. The position is an initial one-year appointment (with the possibility of renewal for two more years). This project will focus on understanding the genetic basis of resistance to Dermo disease in Eastern oysters and evaluation of methods for improving resistance through selective breeding. The primary responsibilities of the position will be the analysis and interpretation of genomic, pedigree, and phenotype data to understand the genetic basis of disease resistance. Additional responsibilities may include the simulation of breeding strategies and the evaluation of genetic population structure.  The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dina Proestou ([email protected]) and Thomas Delomas ([email protected]). The ideal candidate should have experience applying quantitative/statistical genetic or computational/bioinformatic methods to understand the genetic basis of traits. Experience with agriculture genetics, aquaculture, and/or genomic analyses in a non-model organism will be viewed favorably but are not required. The position will be based in Kingston, RI and can start as soon as possible. To apply, candidates should email Dina Proestou ([email protected]) with one combined PDF including: a (1) cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) contact information for two references. The search will continue until the position is filled. (posted 6/7/2022)

Crab Fisheries Postdoctoral Researcher (Maryland, USA): The Smithsonian Institution seeks an energetic, field-oriented postdoctoral researcher for a 2+ year project supporting responsible testing of hatchery releases for stock enhancement of “blue swimmer crab” (Portunus pelegicus) in Southeast Asia. The position is preferably based in Maryland with a starting salary of $61,947 plus benefits, but the postdoc can be based in San Francisco with an accompanying cost of living adjustment. The project is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and the University of Maryland Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology (IMET) that is funded by the National Fisheries Institute, a nonprofit seafood industry association. Desired qualifications include: Ph.D. with field work and experimental design experience, strong statistical and writing skills, knowledge of crustacean (preferably crab) biology, certified SCUBA diver (AAUS scientific diving strongly preferred), willingness to travel and lead fieldwork in Southeast Asia. The selected applicant would ideally start the position by August 2022. This is a full-time, non-federal position with a comprehensive benefits package. The position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the U.S. The SERC community recognizes the value of diversity in promoting innovative science and creative solutions, and we strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We recognize that each applicant will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences and background to these positions. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital/parental/caregiver status and disability. To apply: Please send the following as a single PDF document to Matt Ogburn ([email protected]) by June 10, 2022: Curriculum Vitae, cover letter summarizing relevant experience, and the names and full contact information (email, phone, postal address) of three references. Additional details can be found at (posted 6/2/2022)

Director, Estuary Science and Restoration (Delaware, USA): The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), a National Estuary Program, invites applications for the full-time Director of Estuary Science and Restoration (DESR) The DESR works under the supervision of the Executive Director and directs the Center’s research, monitoring, and environmental restoration programs. The DESR supervises direct reports and leads teams of staff, partners, contractors, and volunteers to plan, fund, and implement a research and restoration project agenda to support the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, including updates to the Inland Bays Environmental Monitoring Plan and State of the Inland Bays Report. For more details and to apply, visit (posted 5/21/2022)

Shellfish Hatchery Manager (Maine, USA):  The Downeast Institute is seeking a qualified professional with at least three years experience in a shellfish hatchery to assume the role of Research and Production Hatchery Manager.  This individual will supervise four assistants who are wholly or partially assigned to the hatchery.  Duties Include: Manage microalgae stock and mass cultures; Participate in project planning, and follow research work plans developed jointly, or by individual PIs, to achieve objectives and key outcomes; Develop and implement plans to rear larval and juvenile bivalves and other marine invertebrates to meet research and other production goals; Supervise Research Hatchery Assistants; Coordinate with Research Assistants and PI’s on implementation of research objectives, key outcomes, and hatchery staff availability for necessary tasks. Support DEI’s public education mission by leading tours, making presentations, and coordinating with the DEI K-12 education program; Oversee the supervision of UMM and other undergraduate interns during summer and/or during fall/spring semester as needed; Work with the facility manager to coordinate use of the facility to accommodate the needs of various researchers and research projects; Ensure Standard Operating Procedures and checklists are developed for critical functions; Manage the sales of shellfish seed to communities, growers, and researchers. Other duties or functions related to being part of a management team.  Resume and cover letter must be submitted before 5pm on May 27, 2022.  For more details and to apply: (posted 5/17/2022)

Environmental Program Manager (Washington State, USA): Taylor Shellfish Farms is the largest producer of farmed shellfish in North America. The Environmental Program Manager position will be based at the company’s Shelton headquarters.  This person will be responsible for coordinating with directors and advising farm managers to ensure their operations are in compliance with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, permit conditions, sustainability certification requirements and the company’s Environmental Code of Practice (ECOP). This person will contribute to the development of company and industry strategies for environmental practices, programs, standards, and methods that will ensure shellfish farming is sustainable and in compliance with all the above.  DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with farm directors and managers to review and provide training on compliance with laws, regulations, governmental agency policies, farm BMPs, and company ECOP and provide written reports detailing activities; Update ECOP training modules, participate in crew training, review returned modules and monitor for issues; Participate in local water quality work groups on aquaculture growing area closures; Monitor farm environments, including critical areas, eelgrass and forage fish, and document changes; Track and record monitoring requirements for Taylor Habitat Conservation Plan; Work with local jurisdictions on Shoreline Master Plan updates; Provide training and direction for crews on farm environmental monitoring; Work with Taylor staff to evaluate and map new farm parcel and farm footprint boundaries; Work with Farm Directors, Managers and Tribal Partners on Tribal harvest plans and harvest activities; Evaluate available third-party sustainability certification programs and suitability for company involvement; Participate in Company and Industry efforts to address existing and emerging environmental issues (debris, plastics, climate change); Assist Regulatory team in permitting applications and renewals; Assist farms in biotoxin testing, monitoring, and reporting; Respond to issues from partners and neighbors concerning farm practices and compliance with environmental issues; Assist in coordination of research projects and priorities; Assist in facility tours and documentation of access to facilities. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES: thorough knowledge of Washington’s Revised Code and Administrative Code and County/City ordinances in areas related to natural resource management; A working knowledge of shoreline ecology, shoreline uses, and tideland ownership; Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated presentation skills, and ability to relate to people of varying backgrounds and perspective; Ability to work with a wide range of individuals (legislators, agency management and personnel, and public); Ability to resolve conflicts and present solutions; Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, JOB & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum B.A / B.S. in Biology in natural resource management, environmental science, or related field; Minimum 3 years field experience; Boater ID Card, or ability to acquire within 3 months of employment; Proficient boat handling experience; Experience in eelgrass delineation, hydrography, data collection; Familiar with Trimble and ESRI mapping products; Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and SharePoint; Willing to work on the beach and odd hours dictated by the tides, including nights and weekends (as needed); Willing to travel (as needed); Valid U.S. Driver’s License; Driving record acceptable for company insurance coverage (Recent driver’s abstract must be provided to HR as condition of job offer).  For the complete job description and to apply:  (posted 5/13/2022)

Postdoctoral Researcher in Underwater Robotics (Maryland, USA):  The University of Maryland is seeking multiple postdoctoral researchers to work on underwater robotic systems for aquaculture applications to support the Smart, Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture Management (S3AM) program ( This program seeks to improve oyster aquaculture by applying precision agriculture concepts to on-bottom oyster farming practices. The positions are immediately available. Applicants are required to have received a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field, and have demonstrated experience in robotic navigation, mapping, computer vision and sonar imaging for underwater robots, and robot platforms. Applicants should be outstanding, intellectually curious researchers at an early stage in their scholarly career. Applicants should have demonstrated a capacity for independent work. The funding is guaranteed for one year. Renewing beyond the first year is subject to funding availability and performance.  Competitive salary and benefits will be provided.  REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Completed doctoral degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field from an accredited institution.  PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Demonstrated experience with robotic navigation, mapping, computer vision and sonar imaging for underwater robots, and robot platforms;  Demonstrated ability to publish high quality scientific work;  Demonstrated a capacity for independent work.   APPLICATION MATERIALS:  A cover letter describing the interest from the applicant and summarizing the candidate’s qualification; Applicant’s CV including publication list; A list of three referees who can provide recommendation letters.  Send application materials to Dr. Miao Yu at [email protected] or Dr. Allen Pattillo at [email protected] (posted 4/28/22).

Oyster Hatchery Operations Manager (Louisiana, USA): This position is responsible for the management of the hatchery facility and associated systems at the Louisiana Sea Grant Oyster Research Laboratory for the production of oyster larvae and seed in Grand Isle, LA. Job Responsibilities: The manager will manage, through coordination, with the Oyster Research Lab Director, hatchery activities, including: collecting, maintaining, and cleaning broodstock oysters, supporting activities in larvae rearing (cleaning larval rearing tanks, sorting larvae and performing larval counts, maintaining algal cultures, cleaning and inoculating tanks, operating various laboratory equipment), collecting samples and processing data, accurately determining counts of oyster seed, assisting in oyster farm & cage maintenance, maintaining various gear types, removing fouling organisms, and other basic laboratory skills (45%). Monitor and manage personnel, facility equipment, system repairs, and routine maintenance issues in the daily operations of the Oyster Research Laboratory. This includes establishing daily tasks for research associates, technicians, and graduate students to secure the proper operation of the oyster hatchery and oyster farm (40%). Help support the outreach activities of the Oyster Research Laboratory in support of LDWF activities and needs of oyster industry. Keep a current knowledge of hatchery trends and developments for the continued improvement of the Oyster Research Lab and hatchery facility within the state and among other oyster hatcheries in the Gulf of Mexico. (10%). Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries and / or Aquaculture Management or related field and four (4) years of experience. For more information and to apply visit: Open until filled (posted 4/15/22)

Oyster Aquaculture Technician (Rhode Island, USA):  Walrus and Carpenter Oysters (WCO) is a vertically integrated ocean farm and distribution company.  WCO is looking to hire hardworking, reliable, team oriented individuals to assist with the daily operations of our oyster farms in Ninigret Pond, Charlestown, RI and Dutch Harbor, Jamestown, RI. Duties will include but are not limited to (1) cleaning and grading seed oysters at our upweller, (2) drying of culture gear on our leases, and (3) processing oysters for market on our work boats.  In addition, there will be opportunities to assist and learn about the distribution side of the company. Compensation: $15/hour.  Requirements: Personal transportation and valid drivers license required; Must be able to lift 50lb; Previous aquaculture, agriculture or commercial fishing experience is preferred; Operation of boats and experience working on the water is preferred; Passion for aquaculture and local food production; Able to work in adverse weather conditions and maintain a positive attitude; Able to work independently and as a part of a team; Flexible and able to adapt to circumstances at hand; Pleasant and upbeat personality; and a positive representative of Walrus and Carpenter Oysters.  If you are interested in applying please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter and (3) a list of three references to: [email protected]