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Associate Director, Marine Advisory Program, Associate or Full Professor - (Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia, USA): The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) seeks an outstanding advisory service, extension, and outreach program manager and scholar to fill the position of Associate Director for the Marine Advisory Program (MAP).  This is a full-time faculty position with rank and tenure status determined upon review of candidate credentials.  Responsibilities: The Associate Director reports to and will work closely with the Associate Dean of Research & Advisory Services to ensure that the program is responsive to state mandates and institutional priorities. The Associate Director for MAP provides strategic leadership for this program and works closely with colleagues across the academic departments and centers at VIMS to ensure strong connections between research and advisory products.  The Associate Director will also work collaboratively with the Director of Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and the Director of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (, both housed at VIMS.  Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in a marine science related field or in coastal policy, economics or social science and will have a broad understanding of coastal resources and management issues. Specific areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to, fisheries and aquaculture, coastal or marine policy or economics, and estuarine and coastal ecology. Program administration experience is required, preferably within higher education, as well as strong team and project management skills. Demonstrated experience with extension or advisory services is required. Candidates should have a history of obtaining funding for research, outreach, or other scholarly production, and a strong record of producing publications, as well as extension and outreach products and services. Teaching experience and familiarity with coastal/marine science stakeholder relations are preferred. We are seeking candidates who share VIMS’ commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion, related to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, cultural identity, religion and more, are critical to maintaining excellence.  Application materials for the position listed above should include: 1) a cover letter describing professional  education, experience, and suitability for the position; 2) a full curriculum vitae; 3) a vision statement (3 pages maximum) that includes your vision for an advisory services unit within an academic and research institution, and how your background, experience and vision fits in an institution that is committed to diversity and inclusion, and 4) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of five references. Application materials should be addressed to: Dr. Mark W. Luckenbach, Search Committee Chair, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at For full consideration, application materials are due February 15, 2018; however, applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. (posted 12/13/17)

Shellfish Biologist Position - (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Newport, OR, USA):  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Marine Resources Program is recruiting for a Shellfish Assessment Biologist in Newport, Oregon.  This is a permanent position responsible for assisting the shellfish and estuary habitat assessment project which generates quantitative data to describe shellfish communities in selected bays and estuaries throughout Oregon.  The project has a total of 4 permanent and seasonal staff who conduct research and assessment of Oregon’s marine / estuarine shellfish and estuarine habitat resources.Salary Range: $2,200 – $2,281 per month. The Shellfish Assessment Biologist is part of a team that supports a field-based project to assess estuarine shellfish populations and habitats in Oregon coastal estuaries.  The primary duties and responsibilities of this position are to: (1) participate in conducting shellfish and estuary habitat assessment sampling in coastal estuaries; (2) assist the Shellfish Assessment Project Leader with literature review, data analysis, and report writing; and (3) provide public information and outreach services regarding recreational shellfisheries. Work includes:   Operation of small boats (15-22’) in shallow coastal estuaries; Intertidal and sub tidal surveys of estuarine shellfish populations; Field sampling to characterize estuarine habitats; Hydroacoustic surveys of estuarine bathymetry and habitat; Collecting biological and habitat data; Assisting with other ecological studies of shellfish populations  to address resource management needs; Equipment maintenance (e.g., boats, field sampling equipment); Data recording and management, including data entry in Microsoft Access; Participation in literature review, data analysis, and report writing; Generate maps and other spatial data products using ArcGIS; Participation in public presentations of Shellfish Assessment Project results to diverse audiences and assist in the development of project-specific outreach products. This position requires a flexible work schedule that will vary in the number of hours worked on a daily basis, but not necessarily every day, or a work schedule in which the starting and stopping times vary on a daily basis, but not necessarily each day. This position mainly conducts field work in estuaries and tidal mud flats, and can be physically demanding. Employees will occasionally be working independently under adverse weather conditions in semi-remote areas.Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following skills: Degree in biological, ecological, or marine sciences; Field experience in marine environments, especially remote locations; Small boat handling/maintenance/operation; Knowledge of shellfish species, fisheries, and estuarine habitats; Familiarity or experience with databases, especially Microsoft Access; Familiarity or experience with GIS mapping and spatial analysis; Data management and statistical analysis; Experimental design and gear preparation; CPR and First Aid training.   Applications due January 10, 2018.  To view the FULL announcement and APPLY for the position, please follow the link to the Shellfish Biologist position on the ODFW website:Shellfish Assessment Biologist.(posted 12/13/17)

Aquaculture and Water Quality Research Scientist - (Langston University, Oklahoma, USA): The Aquaculture and Water Quality Research Scientist will develop and implement a research and extension program tailored to unique needs of Oklahoma and the surrounding region. The incumbent will develop a productive research program with an emphasis on emerging production technologies and the marketing for commercially viable species in Oklahoma and the surrounding region and to protect water resources. The incumbent will collaborate with other faculty and staff of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. The Scientist will manage and assist in work at a field research and demonstration unit consisting of three water storage/reclamation units, 46 culture ponds, hatchery, and analytical laboratory. The Scientist must be willing to teach college-level courses in his/her areas of expertise.  Required:  Ph.D. in Aquaculture, Fisheries, Water Quality, Natural Resources, Biology, or appropriate field. Knowledge and experience in applied fisheries ecology and management. Previous experience in water quality analysis and management. Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with a broad range of professionals and students. Demonstrated a record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Good communication skills. Demonstrated ability to attract extramural funding and conduct research appropriate for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Capacity to work cooperatively with others in an interdisciplinary research and extension program to support the aquaculture/fisheries industry at local, state, national, and international levels. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and capacity to effectively interact with producers, agribusiness personnel, and campus faculty members.   Desired: Previous experience working with or for natural resources agencies. Previous field and lab experience. Knowledge and understanding of principles, theories, federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and systems associated with aquaculture and aquatic organism care and water use and management. Basic knowledge of conservation genetics. Previous success in securing grants. The candidate must provide documentation of identity and eligibility for employment as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986.  Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Official Transcript(s) (upload and mail official(s) to Employee Services), Current Letter of Recommendation (1), Current Letter of Recommendation (2), Current Letter of Recommendation (3).  Must apply by January 18th 2018. To APPLY for this position: (posted 12/13/17)

Graduate Student Position - (University of Maryland, USA): The Burge Lab ( at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET), University of Maryland Baltimore County is currently accepting applications for a graduate student (MS preferred) to participate in a collaborative project with the Friedman Lab (University of Washington) and Harvell Lab (Cornell University) to begin working in the Summer or Fall of 2018. We seek a dynamic student who can work independently and as a member of a team, is interested in conducting empirical studies related to the intersection of ocean environmental change, marine disease and the potential for mitigation of these two important stressors (disease and ocean change). The project focuses on the potential benefits of co-culture of oysters and eelgrass under changing ocean conditions (temperature and ocean acidification), specifically the reduction of pathogen loads. The scope of this work primarily includes tank-based laboratory studies and molecular diagnostic work but may also include participation in field based experimental studies. Laboratory and field trials will be based out of the University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories located on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington. Interested candidates should e-mail Dr. Colleen Burge ( with a brief description of their qualifications and interest in our lab’s research, as well as their CV and GRE scores. Information on the University of Maryland System, Marine and Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) graduate program can be found at; most applicants entering IMET come through the Environmental Molecular Science & Technology foundation ( The application deadline for the MEES program is January 13, 2018.  (posted 11/21/17)

Graduate Research Assistantship - (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA):  The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is currently seeking a highly motivated graduate student to participate in oyster restoration research in the Chesapeake Bay. Ongoing restoration efforts in this iconic ecosystem relies on hatchery propagation of larvae and spat, which to date has delivered billions of oysters back to the bay; however, there may be several unintended consequences of rearing larvae in this food-rich, nutrient-dense culture facilities that potentially weaken the survival of these animals after being placed into the dynamic environments found in Chesapeake Bay. In particular, genomic changes in the way that larvae acquire and process food/energy due to rearing in a hatchery environment could make them less fit in natural, estuarine environments where they must periodically cope with starvation. As a result, hatchery-based propagation of oysters risks producing populations that are poorly suited to replenish their wild counterparts. The goal of this research is to both understand hatchery effects on oyster propagation and develop new culturing strategies that improve restoration success.   The successful candidate will develop a masters project on the subject. Mentors will include Matt Gray and Louis Plough at UMCES Horn Point Laboratory. The candidate will develop skills in both bivalve physiology and genomics while pursuing a master’s degree through the highly interdisciplinary Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences graduate program at UMCES Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge Maryland. Qualifications: BS degree in biology, ecology, marine science, genetics, fisheries, or related field with demonstrated competency in mathematics or statistics. Minimum academic qualifications include GRE scores in the upper 50th percentile in each category and a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 system). To apply, please send an email to: Dr. Matt Gray ( (posted 10/23/17).