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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).

Biological Science Technician (Connecticut, USA):  Major duties of the position: Ensure the success of fieldwork and laboratory experiments associated with the study of ocean acidification, probiotics, and other research projects related to shellfish aquaculture and the environment; Assist with the basic maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of experimental sea water systems during the regular work week to include cleaning and basic plumbing of systems, set up and break down of experimental systems, cleaning tanks, filtering of seawater, basic microscopy to enumerate shellfish and algae, and processing of samples generated from experiments; Assist with all aspects of bivalve mollusc culture including holding of shellfish, spawning shellfish, rearing larva, juveniles and adult animals; Coordinate with laboratory staff members to make sure research needs are met and liaise with outside organizations to procure experimental animals to ensure hatchery operations are successful; Prepare, analyze, and disseminate various data reports and communicate results orally and in writing to senior team members and external partners in order to convey project status and updates of general information; Engage in Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) activities, present lab activities to school and community groups as educational and outreach activities as required; Responsible for having a purchase card and assisting the branch with purchases;  Maintain all of the major seawater systems and ongoing laboratory experiments and will operate independently and make decisions during emergencies; Assist with tracking of laboratory usage, research project progression, and core duties in order to facilitate the efficient use of the facilities and meeting of research goals and deadlines.   Incumbent is responsible for working one weekend day per week. The job is expected to post on August 31st and be open for 14 days.  To apply and find more details please visit usajobs.gov on or after this date. (posted 8/28/2020)

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)


Shellfish Scientist (United Kingdom): The NAFC Marine Centre wishes to recruit a fisheries scientist to manage its shellfish sampling program, including data collection, stock assessment and research projects. This long-term program supports the local management of Shetland’s shellfish fisheries by the Shetland Shellfish Management Organization through the provision of scientific and management advice to the organization and through associated research projects.  This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic marine research department with a focus on providing high quality information to underpin fisheries management. Shetland’s shellfish fisheries are held up as an exemplar of good practice with regards to the integration of data in management and this is a unique opportunity to contribute to the science underpinning the continued sustainability of these fisheries.  The role will involve managing and participating in the collection of fisheries data at sea and on shore, the management and analysis of the data collected, and the presentation of results. You will also develop the shellfish research program, including securing external funding for, and managing, new projects.  You should have a degree in a relevant subject, experience of fisheries research, and experience of fisheries data collection, management and analysis.  A full job description, person specification and application documents are available at www.nafc.uhi.ac.uk/vacancies or by contacting the NAFC Marine Centre ([email protected]).  Closing date: September 9, 2020.  Interested persons are encouraged to contact Dr Beth Mouat for an informal discussion ([email protected]). (posted 8/25/2020)


PhD opportunity (Rhode Island, USA): Looking for an enthusiastic student to work on a funded PhD working on sustaining US/international sea urchin production in the field of aquaculture and fisheries. The position ideally would start in the Fall semester of 2020 or at the very latest the Spring semester of 2021 (with some paid work towards the end of 2020) in the University of Rhode Island’s College of Environment and Life Sciences (CELS), USA. The work would entail conducting trials using the Bay Campus aquarium facilities located in Narragansett (RI) and conducting any physiological work or assay work on the nearby main Kingston campus lab facilities. Travel will be required to periodically collect samples from collaborators across the New England region. Requirements: the student must: 1) have completed and graduated with an MS in a related topic by the time of starting this position; 2)  be currently a resident within the US; 3)  be prepared to be included in intermittent weekend rotas for routine aquarium and animal checks; 4) have their own motor vehicle and a valid driver’s license. Experience is needed in: 1) Micro-algal and / or benthic diatom cultivation; 2) Rearing experience of the early life stages of marine organisms which ideally includes a settlement/metamorphosis life stage; 3) Statistical analysis and interpretation of outputs. Interested students must contact Dr Suckling with a 2 page cover letter (highlighting how they meet the above requirements and why this opportunity is important) and a 2 page resume to arrange a virtual meeting to discuss the opportunity. Contact should be made by email to [email protected]. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For more information on Dr Suckling’s research and group please visit the following links: General overview, team and outputs:www.coleensuckling.co.ukUniversity of Rhode Island’s College of Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) Graduate program overview: https://web.uri.edu/cels-gradprograms/bes/ (posted 7/29/20)

Palacios Oyster Hatchery Manager (Texas, USA): Manager will operate a commercial facility for the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization. This facility will be in Palacios, Texas, and will be managed by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Responsibilities: Interact with construction manager in terms of site development and commissioning of facilities; Develop and implement hatchery production guidelines and overall strategy for interaction with potential buyers and stakeholders; Oversee hatchery personnel and daily interaction with administrative section of PMAR; Interact with resource agencies in terms of relevant permitting rules and regulations; Familiarity with federal and state aquaculture regulations and permitting requirements for aquaculture hatchery; Develop a standard operational protocol for operation of the hatchery, including but not limited to algae production, broodstock maintenance, larval rearing, spat-on-shell, and production of seed oysters; Attend and participate in various federal, state, and/or local coastal resource management meetings; Report directly to facility director; This position will be required to work a flexible schedule including some evenings, weekends, and holidays.   Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent experience in biology, marine science, or related field; At least 5 years of experience in oyster hatchery management; Must be a self-starter, with strong time management and multi-tasking skills, able to work independently without much oversight; Prior supervisory and budgetary experience. Preferred Qualifications:  Additional demonstrable experience in commercial oyster aquaculture grow-out; Experience in commercial production management; Liaison skills with stakeholders, regulatory and extension agencies.The applicant if chosen will be hired by the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR).  To apply, submit letter of interest and any other supporting documentation to the following email:  [email protected] (posted 6/17/2020)

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Algae Production (Texas, USA): Looking for a candidate with experience in algae biomass culture with an emphasis on aquaculture applications. The position would involve conducting research for the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR) located in Palacios, Texas and managed by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The finalist for this position will work closely with PMAR management as well as other research staff to develop a broad-based research program to improve algae biomass productivity within the scope of PMAR objectives.  Responsibilities: Identification and development of algae culture strains suitable for use in aquaculture applications; Improve biomass productivity of algae culture systems for aquaculture hatchery use; Develop a vigorous research program to investigate innovative uses of algae biomass for non-traditional uses; Remain current with the body of science related to general aquaculture, present and publish research findings; Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Report to the Project Leader. Qualifications: Doctoral Degree in biological sciences, genetics, microbiology, or closely related field; Background in one or more fields of aquaculture and/or algae biomass production; Practical experience in algae biomass culture; Excellent communication skills and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment. Preferred Qualifications: Strong experience (at least 4 years) in culture of microalgae for oyster hatchery applications; Experience with algal strain selection and nutritional manipulation of algae cultures; Familiarity with current technology regarding algae biomass harvesting; Track record of high-impact publications and collaboration with notable research programs.  Harte Research Institute is partnering with the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR). The applicant if chosen will be hired by the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR).  To apply, submit letter of interest and any other supporting documentation to the following email:  [email protected] (posted 6/17/2020)

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Oyster Aquaculture (Texas, USA): The position would involve conducting research for the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR) located in Palacios, Texas and managed by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The finalist for this position will work closely with PMAR management as well as other research staff to develop a broad-based research program to improve oyster aquaculture and conservation efforts within the scope of PMAR objectivesResponsibilities: Oversees all research associated with oyster culture at PMAR facilities, including hatchery, nursery, grow-out, and restoration; Assist oyster hatchery manager in decision making regarding oyster-related production effort; Follow and enforce all state and federal health and safety guidelines; Remain current with the body of science related to general aquaculture, present and publish research findings; Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Report to the Project Leader.  Qualifications: Doctoral Degree in marine biology, fisheries, or closely related field; Background in field of shellfish aquaculture; Excellent communication skills and ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment. Preferred Qualifications: Strong experience (at least 4 years) in shellfish culture; Experience in oyster reef restoration and/or construction of living shorelines; Familiarity with aquaculture genetics and disease diagnosis/management;Track record of high-impact publications and collaboration with notable research programs. Harte Research Institute is partnering with the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR). The applicant if chosen will be hired by the Palacios Marine Agriculture Research Organization (PMAR).  To apply: Submit letter of interest and any other supporting documentation to the following email:  [email protected] (posted 6/17/2020).

 

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship, Auburn University (Alabama, USA): Candidate will conduct research on improving Eastern oyster broodstock conditioning success and understanding implications on gamete quality, larval performance, metamorphic success and post-metamorphic performance. Research will be conducted at the Auburn University Shellfish Lab on Dauphin Island, AL, where the student is expected to reside after coursework is completed on the main campus in Auburn, AL. The student is anticipated to start August 2020 or as negotiated.  The student is anticipated to start August 2020 or as negotiated. Stipend ($21,000/year), tuition waiver.  Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, aquaculture, comparative physiology, ecology, biology or related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores. Research experience is preferred. Application review will begin 7/1/2020 and continue until a suitable applicant is found. Please email a cover-letter, copy of your CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, GPA, GRE scores and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Bill Walton, Auburn University Shellfish Lab, [email protected] (posted 6/7/2020)

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship, Auburn University (Alabama, USA): Candidate will conduct research on performance of selectively-bred lines of diploid, triploid and/or tetraploid oysters (Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica) across a range of typical production environments and various commercial aquaculture practices, with an emphasis on understanding multiple stressors. Research will be conducted at the Auburn University Shellfish Lab on Dauphin Island, AL, where the student is expected to reside after coursework is completed on the main campus in Auburn, AL. The student is anticipated to start August 2020 or as negotiated. Stipend ($21,000/year), tuition waiver.  Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, aquaculture, comparative physiology, ecology, biology or related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores. Research experience is preferred. Application review will begin 7/1/2020 and continue until a suitable applicant is found. Please email a cover-letter, copy of your CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, GPA, GRE scores and names and contact information for three references to Dr. Bill Walton, Auburn University Shellfish Lab, [email protected] (posted 6/7/2020)