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Oyster Hatchery Research Associate - LA Sea Grant, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (USA): Job Responsibilities:
The research associates will be required to support hatchery operations in all facets, including: collecting, maintaining, and cleaning broodstock oysters, supporting activities in larvae rearing  ( cleaning larval rearing tanks, sorting larvae and performing larval counts, maintaining algae 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. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology, Fisheries and / or Aquaculture Management or related field.  Applications are accepted online at LSU and more information can be found at and must be received by March 06, 2018; position open until filled. (posted 2/24/18)

Hatchery Technician - Natural Resources Department, Nantucket, Massachusetts (USA): The Town of Nantucket seeks a Hatchery Technician to perform technical shellfish hatchery operations and routine hatchery equipment service and maintenance. The Technician also assists with monitoring shellfish culture systems, periodic field sampling, and development of standard operating procedures related to building maintenance.  RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - Bachelor's degree in biology, marine science or aquaculture with a preference to programs with an emphasis in shellfish or aquaculture; minimum of five years of experience related to the field of commercial or research shellfish culture, hatchery management, hatchery system development; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. A valid Massachusetts Class D motor vehicle operator's license, or ability to obtain one necessary. Must be a certified SCUBA diver or willing to become SCUBA Certified. Starting hourly rate $29.40; full benefits; Union position
Please visit our website at and click on Job Openings on the home page for the position description. Please submit your application to Application Deadline March 16, 2017. The Town of Nantucket is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and an Alcohol and Drug Free Workplace. (posted 2/19/18)

Aquaculture Biologist IV- Algae, University of Southern Mississippi, Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, Ocean Springs MS (USA): This is advanced senior-level, professional biological work with responsibility for providing scientific expertise in marine aquaculture.  Characteristic duties include collection and evaluation of field and laboratory biological specimens and/or data to make recommendations to upper level management with the information necessary to make management and program decisions. The incumbent works with algae culture for production to meet yield volumes for hatchery operations. Incumbents are expected to conduct, evaluate, and interpret scientific data and studies with considerable independent judgment and discretion under the general supervision of a higher-level biologist, scientist or an administrative or technical supervisor.  Responsibilities: 1)Adheres to University and department policies, procedures, and regulations. 2) Conducts and successfully coordinates with other team members algae operations from the clean room through scale-up to mass culture for production of algae to meet yield volumes for hatchery operations and maintains detailed, accurate data records for monitoring parameters and production data while coordinating with other team members for efficient operations. 3) Aids in designing, coordinating and conducting advanced level scientific studies and research projects; defines the scope and objectives of research projects; analyzes data, prepares technical and non-technical reports and helps formulates technical recommendations related to aquaculture program management. 4) Participates in project development and management, including planning, statements of work, project budgets, scheduling, equipment purchases, and commodities and services procurement. 5) Participates in informational, educational and outreach programs and may provide training as part of staff development or public programs. 6) Performing other similar duties as required or assigned.   Education and/or Experience: A Master's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in, Aquaculture, Biology, Fisheries Biology, Biological Science, Marine Biology Marine Ecology, Ichthyology, Microbiology or a related field;  and two (2) years’ experience related to the described duties.  Or, a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Aquaculture, Biology, Fisheries Biology, Biological Science, Marine Biology Marine Ecology, Ichthyology, Microbiology or a related field; and three (3) years’ experience related to the described duties.  Additional Statement:Above graduation from a standard four-year college or university, related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis. Desire Qualifications: 1) Experience maintaining collections of freshwater and saltwater culture of microalgae in various media; 2) Experience with cell culture and sterile technique.  Microalgae culture and large-scale microalgae cultivation experience preferred; 3) Experience operating and maintaining laboratory equipment and instruments including photobioreactors, multiparameter sensors and compound microscopes; 4) Experience following standard operating procedures for algae culture; 5) Experience with recirculating aquaculture systems, system design and plumbing; 6) Experience in planning, executing, and reporting of experiments; 7) Proficient use of personal computers and applications including Microsoft Office and statistical software; 8) Knowledge of microorganisms and taxonomy; 9) Experience with data management and analysis; 10) The ability to be proactive, resourceful and self-motivated; 11) Strong communications skills both in the written and verbal form.  Closing date: 3/16/18.  For more information about the job and to apply please visit: (posted 2/16/18)


Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC), Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia (USA):
The Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center’s (ABC) mission is to develop superior shellfish brood stocks and support breeding programs using traditional and molecular approaches. ABC has four main components of operation: hatchery, field and nursery, Kauffman Aquaculture Center (KAC), and laboratory.   POSITION SUMMARY:  The Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center (ABC) located at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is seeking to hire a temporary full time (40 hours a week) temporary position not to exceed six (6) months.   Start date of  April 1st.    The Laboratory & Research Technician will provide support with several on-going multi-investigator, hatchery research projects at both oyster hatcheries (located in Gloucester Pt, VA and the other located in Topping, VA, 40 minutes from GP).  The technician will perform routine larval health and density assessments and accurately maintains record keeping and data entry.  The position will also provide assistance in nursery and field operations on an as needed  basis.   The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  Applications are accepted online at W&M and more detailed information regarding the position can be found at<  Title: Hatchery Research Technician,  Position Number: T0471V Applications are due February 28, 2018. For more information, contact: Debbrah Pelata, ABC Business Manager, 804-684-7711, 2/16/18)

Graduate Assistant - University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS (USA): Project options focus on Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs. The ocean quahog focus is on the population dynamics of the oldest noncolonial marine animal. The project involves developing age frequency distributions for this animal, modeling population dynamics, and examining the influence of global warming on population dynamics over the last 200 years. The surfclam project focuses on the influence of climate change on the distribution and shift in range of the Atlantic surfclam. The successful candidate will develop a masters or dissertation project on the subject. Mentors will include Eric Powell at the University of Southern Mississippi and Roger Mann at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. The research is supported by the NSF Science Center for Marine Fisheries ( The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with SCeMFiS industry and academic partners in this Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC).  Qualification: BS or MS degree in biology, ecology, marine science, fisheries, or related field with demonstrated competency in mathematics or statistics. Minimum academic qualifications include GRE scores in the upper 50th percentiles and a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system).  Salary: Masters -$22,800/year, PhD -$24,000/year.
Contact/Email: Dr. Eric Powell ( (posted 2/16/18)

MS graduate students in The Fisheries and Mariculture (FAMA) Program at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (USA): is looking for graduate students for their Master of Science (M.S.) degree.  The mission of the program is to prepare graduate students for a career in either the private or public sector in fisheries, mariculture, or aquaculture.This is accomplished through a rigorous core curriculum combined with an intensive "hands-on" research or internship project.  If have any questions, contact John Scarpa (Office: 361-825-2369 or For more information or to apply visit: (posted 2/9/18)

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Sciences, University Of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus, Groton, CT (USA)- A postdoctoral opportunity is available to participate in research focused on environmental physiology and toxicology of shellfish and other benthic suspension-feeding invertebrates.  We seek a motivated individual to participate in and enhance ongoing research in one of the following areas of study: 1) the impacts of nanomaterials and microplastics on larvae and adults, or 2) the functional significance and mechanistic role of the microbiome on cellular and physiological processes of the host.  The work will be carried out predominately in laboratories at the University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences, at Avery Point, under the guidance of Dr. J. Evan Ward.  Closing date for the position is March 1, 2018.  For more information about the job requirements and to apply for this job please visit:  (posted 2/2/18)

Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Marine Aquaculture Science- (School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, USA):  SALARY: Dependent on qualifications and experience.   QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in a discipline relevant to marine aquaculture health or equivalent field is required, and a DVM or equivalent, is desirable. Demonstrated experience, independent productivity, and creativity in research in marine aquaculture science are required. Highly desirable areas of research experience include sustainability of marine aquaculture and its impacts on marine systems and mitigating the impact of disease in marine aquatic systems. Highly desirable areas of expertise include ecology, epidemiology, genetics, physiology, nutrition, and pathology of aquatic animals. Demonstrated record of effective teaching is desirable. Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and an ability to work with others in a highly collaborative multidisciplinary community.  RESPONSIBILITIES: Research:  The position requires the development of a creative, independent and productive basic and/or applied research program in marine aquaculture and marine animal science. This includes establishing a strong extramurally funded laboratory, training of undergraduate and graduate academic and professional (veterinary) students, and publication in peer-reviewed scientific/professional journals. Areas of research focus could include epidemiology, ecology, physiology, microbiology, virology, genetics, nutrition, immunology, population health, and/or pathology of marine animals.   Teaching:  Responsibilities include: 1) participation in the graduate academic programs (MS and PhD) of the campus and supervision of graduate students in relevant training programs; 2) participation in lectures and laboratories in the DVM professional curriculum; and 3) participation in the undergraduate and graduate training programs of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, and College of Letters and Sciences.   Service: University and public service through committee work, participation in professional organizations, continuing education and other means is required. Engagement with society beyond the university as a scholar, exchanging information, and speeding the rate at which new knowledge is delivered is expected. Examples of engagement include involvement with agencies, industry, NGOs, and communities in addition to academic societies.   This 11 month, full time position is part of the UC Davis “Sustainable Marine Resources Initiative (SMRI): The Future of Food from the Sea,” coordinated by the cross-campus Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (  This hiring initiative includes two additional faculty positions in resource economics and quantitative fisheries management, and the potential for additional faculty hires in partnership with California Sea Grant and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in marine ecotoxicology and marine fisheries conservation. The candidate will have the opportunity to join the Coastal Marine Sciences Institute and other centers and research units relevant to his/her research interests. This position is envisioned to be housed at UC Davis’s Bodega Marine Laboratory.    APPLICATION PROCESS:      To receive fullest consideration, applications must be received by March 16, 2018; position open until filled. Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, qualifications and experience, and career goals; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching and research statement; 4) up to three peer-reviewed publication pdf files of representative research; 5) a statement summarizing experience and professional contributions in the area of equity and diversity, and 6) the names and addresses of three professional references. Application materials may be submitted by using the University’s online submission program,   (posted 2/1/18)