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Shellfish Laboratory & Research Manager (Gloucester Point, Virginia, USA): The Shellfish Laboratory & Research Manager coordinates field and laboratory research activities and supports collaborations within the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and external research institutions, reporting to the Acuff Professor of Marine Science and Shellfish Aquaculture Program Coordinator. The position participates in or leads seasonal field project maintenance (including an ongoing shellfish research farm) and sampling efforts, either locally in the Chesapeake Bay area or other regions. William & Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  The specific duties include but are not limited to: 1) Assists in experimental design including setup, data collection and management, 2) Establishes protocols for field sampling and associated in-lab processing, 3) Prepares, extracts and analyzes samples for grant objectives, collaborations, or preliminary work, 4) Performs data analysis and creates graphs, tables, etc. as required for reports, publications and presentations, 5) Oversees database management, method development and quality control, 6) Assists in the acquisition, installation and maintenance of new instrumentation, 7) Manages the inventory and procurement, maintenance of field gear and equipment and oversight of general lab and field safety, and 8) Provides training and supervision of students.  You can learn more about the position and submit your application here: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/41723. Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2021. (posted 5/7/2021)

Natural Resources Biologist II (Maryland, USA): This position secures and processes tissue samples from aquatic animals for diagnostic assays, conducts and analyzes laboratory assays on those samples, and documents laboratory assay results for aquatic animal health monitoring and disease investigations conducted or serviced by the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Cooperative Oxford Laboratory. The position draws blood from live fish and shellfish and dissects or biopsies both live and dead animals to obtain samples of solid tissues. The position preserves, processes, and stains tissue samples to produce histological or cytological preparations for microscopic analysis, including immunoassays and in situ hybridization assays. This position performs microbiological assays including cell culture on fish and shellfish tissue samples and analyzes results. The employee maintains and operates sophisticated laboratory equipment, and follows strict safety procedures while regularly working with hazardous laboratory chemicals. The incumbent participates as an essential member of a team that acquires, processes and analyzes diagnostic tissue samples for disease assays from live oysters during an annual survey of Maryland oyster populations as well as from finfish for fish health inspections of fish located on Maryland state hatcheries.  Deadline to apply: May 17th.  For complete list of qualifications and how to apply: https://www.jobapscloud.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=21&R2=003121&R3=0005  The online application is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.  Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application. If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or [email protected].   Inquiries regarding this recruitment can be directed to Crystal Wilson at [email protected]. (posted 5/5/2021)

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Harmful Algal Blooms (Virginia, USA): The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)/School of Marine Science of William & Mary invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research associate to work with harmful algal blooms (HAB). The position will begin in Summer 2021.  The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) or similar terminal degree in marine biology, chemistry, environmental science or a related discipline at the time of appointment. Candidates must have research interests and demonstrated experience in conducting research focused on the impact of HAB species on aquatic organisms, the environmental controls on bloom impacts or bloom dynamics. Preference will be given to those candidates with a strong publication record commensurate with experience, research experience with: 1) culturing phytoplankton, particularly HAB species; 2) single-cell isolation of harmful algae and/or conducting culturing experiments; 3) conducting laboratory bioassays with HAB cultures and aquatic organisms such as finfish and shellfish: 4) performing microscopic identification of marine and estuarine phytoplankton; 5) conducting HAB field experiments. We are seeking candidates who share VIMS’ commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence.The postdoctoral research associate will work in the Marine and Aquaculture Molecular Genetics Laboratory directed by Dr. Kimberly Reece, on projects related to their study of the impact of harmful algal bloom (HAB) species and their toxins on aquatic organisms and the environmental controls of bloom formation and toxin production. The associate will be fully immersed in the activities of the lab and gain experience in the spectrum of methods used including toxicity bioassays, microscopic and molecular detection of HAB species, and phytoplankton culture.  Application materials for the position should include: 1) a cover letter describing professional education, experience, and suitability for the position; 2) a full curriculum vitae; 3) a statement on research interests, including a specific statement on how the applicant is interested in and fully committed to diversity and inclusion; and 4) the names and titles, institutional addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.
Application materials should be addressed to: Dr. Kimberly Reece, Harmful Algal Blooms Postdoctoral Research Associate, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/41570  Application materials are due June 4, 2021 for full consideration. Applications received after that due date will be considered if needed. (posted 5/1/2021)

Seasonal Marine Field Worker, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (New Jersey, USA): This position will be at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Complex which includes the Haskin Shellfish Lab in Port Norris, NJ, the Cape Shore Laboratory in Green Creek, NJ, the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center in North Cape May, NJ and the Fisheries Cooperative Center in Cape May, NJ as well as occasional travel to field sited and may include work onboard boats.  Among the key duties of this position are the following:  Assists with monitoring of Delaware Bay oyster fishery. Monitoring includes field collection aboard research and commercial fishing vessels as well as laboratory processing (measuring, shucking, oyster disease/pathology analysis) of oyster dredge samples; Collects scallop samples to test fishing gear modifications and to assist with hydrodynamic modeling studies; Performs field work duties which involves data collection on a commercial scallop vessel while at sea for up to one week; Performs additional duties both in field and lab including evaluating the performance of living shorelines projects and examining interactions between horseshoe crabs and aquaculture farms. Data entry and audit associated with these tasks will also be required. For full job posting and to apply: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/130842Closing date: 5/19/21 (posted 4/21/2021)

Research Geneticist, Aquaculture (Oregon, USA):  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit seeks a Research Geneticist, GS-0440-12/13 ($77,488 to $119,787per annum, plus benefits). Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of food production in the world and will soon surpass wild fisheries. Bivalve aquaculture is a sustainable form of animal protein production and there is vast potential for domestic industry expansion. Domestication and genetic improvement will play a major role in the ability of this industry to thrive and respond to environmental stressors and change. Compared to other crops, genetics and breeding of shellfish is still in its infancy and is prime for the application of contemporary genetic and breeding methods that can improve health, well-being, and production efficiency.  The position is located at the Pacific Shellfish Breeding Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon and will primarily focus on the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas). The scientist hired into the position will conduct genetics/genomics studies that are expected to 1) identify associations between genotypes and economically valuable phenotypes to apply within breeding programs, ii) quantify genetic variation in commercially relevant oyster populations and iii) work collaboratively with ARS, Oregon State University, private industry partners and others to advance knowledge of Pacific oyster genetics and of shellfish genetic improvement programs.   The ARS Research Geneticist position presents an outstanding range of research and breeding opportunities that will lead to broad impact for the producers of bivalve species along the west coast of North America. Refer to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/597365800 for further information for complete application instructions, and the full text announcement. (posted 4/6/2021)

Shellfish Hatchery Phycologist (Maryland, USA): Ferry Cove Shellfish is a commercial oyster hatchery focused on producing high quality shellfish larvae and seed stock for sale to buyers in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The company is seeking a dynamic individual to oversee all aspects of algal production at its newly constructed, technologically advanced hatchery operating in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Hatchery Manager and working closely with hatchery staff, the Phycologist will oversee all aspects of algal rearing, including general quality control, cleaning tubes and tanks, mixing of chemicals and nutrients, transfers of sterile algae, and the upkeep of the algal bioreactors, etc. He/she will be responsible for hands on work with batch and continuous algae production cultures to meet the ever-expanding needs of a modern shellfish hatchery. The position is fundamental to all aspects of algal rearing including; sterile inoculation, transfers and scale-up, general quality control and sanitation, maintaining the controlled environment of the algal stock room, mixing of nutrients and maintaining their inventories, and the upkeep of the algal bio-reactor system on a daily basis, required adjustments will need to be made to aeration, CO2 injection, water flow and pH. QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: The qualified candidate will be responsible for all aspects of algal rearing., The phycologist will work closely with the hatchery manager performing daily harvesting of selected algal strains, determining feed rates based on background algal cell levels to ensure every success of the shellfish hatchery. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Five years’ shellfish algal hatchery experience preferred, college degree; a science background is required, experience using sterile techniques, well organized and detail oriented, excellent analytical, problem solving, interpersonal and communications skills, proficiency with: (Microsoft Office Suite) PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  This is a physically demanding position which includes repetitive lifting and long periods standing on concrete. The employee: must be able to speak and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors and managers, must be able to carry out repetitive tasks, should be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty and be able to work in a physically challenging environment. POSITION STATUS and BENEFITS: This is a permanent, full-time position (40 hours) with full benefits including health, 401K, and paid time off. The Phycologist must be able to work a flexible schedule as some overtime and weekend work will be required during the production season. Salary is commensurate with experience. The primary duty location for this position is Sherwood, Maryland, 10 minutes from historical St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. START DATE:  May/June 2021 HOW TO APPLY: Please email résumés with cover letter and two references to [email protected] with “Hatchery Phycologist” in the subject line. While the interest of all applicants is appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. (posted 3/31/21)

Shellfish Hatchery Technician (Maryland, USA): Ferry Cove Shellfish is a commercial oyster hatchery focused on producing high quality shellfish larvae and seed stock for sale to buyers in the Mid-Atlantic region. The company is seeking hatchery technicians to work at its newly constructed, technologically advanced hatchery operating in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Hatchery Manager, the Hatchery Technician(s) will participate in: phytoplankton culture, broodstock conditioning and spawning, larval culture, nursery production, equipment cleaning and maintenance environmental monitoring and record keeping. QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: A degree in marine biology or aquaculture is preferred but consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant shellfish industry experience. The Hatchery Technician must have experience in a commercial-scale shellfish hatchery and be familiar with shellfish aquaculture equipment and culture systems. The successful applicant must also have good communication skills and problem-solving abilities. The Hatchery Technician must be organized, self-motivated, and able to work well both independently and as part of a team. The position requires an attention to detail and adherence to hatchery protocols. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: A degree in marine biology or aquaculture and/or three years’ shellfish hatchery / nursery experience, well organized and detail oriented, must be able to work independently and in teams, must be self-motivated PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  This is a physically demanding position which includes repetitive lifting and long periods standing on concrete. The employee: must be able to speak and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors and managers, must be able to carry out repetitive tasks, should be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty and be able to work in a physically challenging environment. POSITION STATUS and BENEFITS: This is a permanent, full-time position (40 hours) with full benefits including health, 401K, and paid time off. The Hatchery Technician must be able to work a flexible schedule as some overtime and weekend work will be required during the production season. Salary is commensurate with experience. The primary duty location for this position is Sherwood, Maryland, 10 minutes from historical St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. START DATE: May/June 2021 HOW TO APPLY: Please email résumés with cover letter and two references to [email protected] with “Hatchery Technician” in the subject line. While the interest of all applicants is appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. (posted 3/31/21)

Shellfish Hatchery Production Manager (Curacao, Lesser Antilles): The Curaçao Queen Conch Hatchery is seeking to hire a full time shellfish hatchery production manager for one year. The position is available immediately.  The Hatchery Manager will be responsible for everyday activities associated with growing queen conch from egg stage to juvenile stage including microalgae culture. Daily responsibilities include maintenance of the seawater system, collection of egg masses, observations of the conch using a microscope for the early stages, water changes for the larvae, inducing metamorphosis, and maintaining conch juvenile tanks. Daily responsibilities also include microalgae culture in the test tubes, flasks, carboys and sun tubes. Counting microalgae cells and feeding veligers. Flocculation of microalgae for the early stage juveniles. Preparation of feeds for the larger juveniles. General cleaning of tanks, supplies and facilities using biosecure procedures. Manager will also be responsible for data collection and monitoring health, development and survival of the conch. Work schedule will be 5 days per week. The Manger will report to the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Project Manager.  Recommended minimum qualifications include at least 3 years of experience operating a shellfish hatchery that includes larval rearing and microalgae culture. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
in marine science, biology, and/or aquaculture. Need to be able to follow protocols, troubleshoot, and work independently and as part of a team. This job requires physical work mostly indoor in the hatchery and in outdoor nursery system. Snorkel and diving are preferred for collection of egg masses from the Curaçao Sea Aquarium dolphin pools. Candidate should be detailed oriented, flexible and able to adapt to situations with a good attitude and work ethic.  Accommodations will be provided on site at the Curaçao Sea Aquarium and compensation will be $2,500 per month ($30,000 per year).  Questions, contact:  Manuel Jove, Curaçao Sea Aquarium Project Manager, [email protected]  To apply, send letter of interest and CV to: Manuel Jove, Curaçao Sea Aquarium Project Manager, [email protected] (posted 3/4/2021).

Postdoctoral Position (Sweden): The University of Gothenburg is seeking a candidate to fill a postdoctoral position with a research focus on (i) bivalve neuroendocrine physiology; or (ii) microalgal production for shellfish aquaculture; or (iii) aquaponics.  The position is fulltime for an initial 2-year contract with the possibility of renewal. International applicants are welcome. Although based at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the position also involves considerable international travel (once that becomes possible again due to the COVID situation), so applicants must be prepared to work for extended periods in locations outside of Sweden.  The exact start date for this position is negotiable depending on the availability of a suitable candidate, but a start date of September 1, 2021 is desirable. Salary is approximately $3500 USD per month (salary is paid in Swedish kroner so is relative to exchange rate). Position includes a full spectrum of vacation and travel benefits, as well as coverage from national health and business travel insurance.  A full job description and how it apply is available here. The application must include: a CV and cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria  Evidence of strong academic writing skills (full text of at least three two first-author peer-reviewed manuscripts, any reports or project/grant proposals written, and a copy of the PhD dissertation); if not included on the CV, name and contact details of three referees attached in a file entitled References ‘your name’.pdf.  If the following items are not evident on the CV, please state clearly in the cover letter (a) your willingness to travel internationally for research periods in collaborating labs (b) evidence of teamwork (c) competence with specific statistical software. For more information, please contact Dr. Alyssa Joyce: [email protected] (posted 3/1/2021)