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BIOLOGIST PROGRAM MANAGER - OYSTER - (Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries - USA):ResponsibilitiesDirects and is responsible for the statewide oyster management program, including oversight of oyster-related fisheries independent and dependent sampling within the Office of Fisheries.  Designs complex biological investigations and oyster rehabilitation projects, trains field staff in proper scientific collection methods and analyzes biological sampling results.  Provides expert technical input and management recommendations on matters pertaining to oyster management and oyster fisheries.   QualificationA baccalaureate degree in a biological science, marine science, environmental science, wildlife or fisheries management, animal science, or forestry followed by seven years of professional experience in wildlife or fisheries research, management, education or conservation; forestry; or in environmental science. A master's degree with completed thesis in qualifying fields will substitute for two years of the required experience. A Ph.D. in qualifying fields will substitute for two years of the required experience.   Salary:  $4,278.00 - $8,514.00 Monthly.  Ad Closing Date: 10/31/17. Contact/Email:  Kelly Cormier, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Human Resources, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898 (   Web link:  (posted 10/19/17)

Research Technician - (College of New Jersey - USA): The Biology department in the School of Science at The College of New Jersey is seeking a part-time (30 hours per week) Research Technician. This position, which is funded by a federal research grant, is available immediately and will last for approximately 18 months (through March 2019). Research in the funded lab focuses on the biomechanics of marine invertebrates. The project will specifically assess the effect of environment on shell formation and mechanical properties in crabs. Duties of the technician will include (but are not limited to): sample preparation and biomechanical testing; data processing and statistics; training undergraduate students on basic techniques; monitoring lab supplies; and basic maintenance of laboratory equipment. In coordination with undergraduate researchers, he/she will conduct and implement all experimental aspects of the funded project.  Qualifications: The position requires a bachelor's degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be proficient with at least one of the following: biomechanical/materials testing; optical and electron microscopy; statistical analysis; scientific writing; invertebrate animal husbandry.  Preferred Qualifications include:  attention to detail when recording and analyzing data; capability to creatively develop lab infrastructure and procedures; ability and desire to train undergraduate students; and ability to work independently and take ownership of projects.  The salary for the Research Technician is $30,000 annually working 30 hours per week.  To be considered for this opportunity, please send a resume or CV, letter of interest, a list of three references. References will not be contacted without the candidate's prior knowledge and consent. Applications will be considered through Nov. 1, 2017. Resumes received after that date will only be considered if a suitable applicant has not been identified. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. To apply, please visit: (posted 10/8/17).

2 Graduate Student Positions Available - (University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, USA):  The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is seeking two highly motivated graduate students (masters or doctoral level) to participate in research funded by the National Science Foundation Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS - The positions will provide the students with a unique opportunity to work with individuals representing academia, the NMFS, and the commercial fishery.   Fisheries management: The first project focuses on the method for determining uncertainty in stock assessments and for comparing uncertainty levels between stock assessments. Emphasis will be placed on the application of uncertainty in the quota setting process and in evaluating changes in reliability over an assessment time series.  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 Steve Cadrin at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Shellfish population dynamics: The second project focuses on the population dynamics of the oldest non-colonial marine animal, the ocean quahog. The project will involve 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 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.  Qualifications: 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 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. Eric Powell ( (posted 8/23/17)

Aquaculture Biologist II – Algae (University of Mississippi, USA)- Job Title: Aquaculture Biologist II – Algae, Salary: $35,250 - $59,000.  To apply:  You must apply online at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Quick link for job posting:  This is mid-level, professional and technical scientific work with responsibility for providing scientific expertise in algal culture. Characteristic duties include collection and evaluation of field and laboratory biological and aquatic specimens and/or data to make recommendations to upper level management for use in management and program decisions. This is a full-time position that includes a full benefits package. Interaction with faculty, staff and students on a variety of projects will be required. Work is performed using independent judgement under the limited supervision of a higher-level biologist, scientist or an administrative or technical supervisor. Incumbents may act as project leaders/managers in the performance of related duties. Supervision may be exercised over others. The position is associated with Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center in Ocean Springs, MS. The Center is part of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), a unit of the University of Southern Mississippi. The Center is located on the Cedar Point campus of GCRL, a 225-acre site devoted primarily to marine aquaculture. The Center currently includes approximately 100,000 square feet of culture space devoted to live feed, broodstock, hatchery, nursery/growout, laboratory, experimental, and analytical facilities. Support for aquaculture operations at other USM/GCRL sites may be required based on research priorities.  Duties and Responsibilities: - Adheres to University and department policies, procedures, and regulations; - Monitoring and maintaining algae cultures from the clean room through scale-up to mass culture while maintaining high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in laboratory and production areas; - Following standard operating procedures for algae maintenance and sanitation; - Participating in research projects, investigations and aquatic/biological studies in which the scope and objectives are established and based on standardized procedures and participating in translating outcomes and results to form recommendations for management; - Providing detailed records and data entry for monitoring parameters and production data; - Participating in informational and educational outreach programs; - Performing other similar duties as required or assigned.   Education and Experience: Master's degree in Aquaculture, Marine Science, Coastal Sciences, Biology, Marine Biology, Botany or comparable discipline. Or Bachelor's in Aquaculture, Marine Science, Coastal Sciences, Biology, Marine Biology, Botany, or comparable discipline and one year experience in described responsibilities. Above graduation from a standard four-year college or university, related education and related experience may be substituted on an equal basis.  Preferred Qualifications:- Experience with cell culture and sterile technique. Microalgae culture and large-scale microalgae cultivation experience preferred; - Experience operating and maintaining laboratory equipment and instruments including multi-parameter sensors and compound microscopes; - Proficient use of personal computers and applications including Microsoft Office; - The ability to take detailed direction and work independently; - The ability to be proactive, resourceful and self-motivated; - Proficient interpersonal and communication skills.  Quick link for job posting: 8/23/17)