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Sea Grant Professional I (Marine Extension Associate – Aquaculture HUB Coordinator) (Maine, USA): The University of Maine is seeking a candidate to work with members of the MET, the Hub Steering committee, and collaborators to perform the following duties associated with the Aquaculture Hub and performing relevant extension work.  The candidate will maintain and strengthen the network of the Maine Aquaculture Hub; Contribute to and organize the Steering Committee such that the Steering Committee can advise on activities of the Hub; Engage and support farmers through site visits, local/regional convening and other networking activities as appropriate; Coordinate and facilitate events to strengthen the Hub network; Implement aquaculture education and outreach needs identified by Hub participants; Strengthen and diversify the training program ‘Aquaculture in Shared Waters’ and other training events as appropriate; Pursue relevant extension activities as determined by the Professional and supervisors.  This may include participating or leading efforts to secure extramural funding, and participation in applied aquaculture-related research.  The Professional will also conduct related advisory activities in the interest of sustainable use and development of the region’s marine and coastal resources, with particular emphasis on aquaculture. Required: B.S. or B.A. in marine aquaculture or related field; Facilitation and convening expertise; Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a group, but also as a self-starter, working sometimes with significant independence; Computer proficiency; Strong skills in written and oral communication, comfort in working both in groups and in a one-on-one setting; Ability to travel extensively, normally requiring a valid driver’s license; Comfort and skill working in outdoor environments, including aboard marine vessels. Preferred: An advanced degree or five years of applied research, outreach or community development experience in these fields; Significant experience in educational programming and project coordination; Experience with economic development; Experience as an industry collaborator or direct experience with aquaculture or fishing industries. Review of applications to begin: September 30, 2022. For entire job description and how to apply:  For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Dana Morse at [email protected]. (posted 9/2/22)

Assistant Marine Scientist (South Carolina, USA:)  The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is seeking a candidate to join their Mariculture Research Team to assist with their Section’s work with marine stock enhancement, aquaculture nutrition, and applied fisheries research programs. Specific duties will include laboratory and field research, data collection and analysis, biological sample collection and data management, preparation of reports and presentations, authoring technical manuscripts, coordination and supervision of team personnel, proposal preparation, and budget management. Some projects will include work on multi-disciplinary teams.  MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Applicants will be required to have an Ph.D. degree in biology, marine science, or a closely related field. Individuals should have demonstrated abilities to conduct applied fisheries and applied ecology research including experimental design, sample collection and processing, data acquisition, management and analyses, manuscript and report preparation. Experience with recirculating and/or extensive culture systems preferred. Publication record and experience required; successful grant funding record preferred. Applicants must also have knowledge of current stock enhancement issues and challenges and the capability to work independently as well as effectively on teams. Strong communication, quantitative, organizational, computer, writing and inter-personal skills required.  OTHER PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Valid SC driver’s license, a copy of driving record, and ability to gain access to the Hollings Marine Laboratory are required. Applicant must have dependable transportation and a satisfactory driving record. A current CV is requested to supplement the required state application.  TO APPLY:  Submit a state application and letter of interest via the SC State Job Website ( For more information, contact Aaron Watson ([email protected]; 843-953-0462). (posted 8/28/22)

Postdoctoral Investigator (Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA): Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join the Biology Department and Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) program. This is a temporary, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The position is for an 18-month Postdoctoral Investigator in the Biology Department at WHOI, to be co-mentored by WHOI scientific staff and Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) Extension agents. The postdoc will be tasked with investigating cultured shellfish disease with the overarching goal of gaining a better understanding of the pathogen, the disease it causes and how it impacts, or can be managed by, shellfish growers and/or resource managers. The postdoc will be expected to conduct fieldwork, to present research results at stakeholder meetings and scientific conferences, and to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to a competitive salary and benefits, travel and research funds will be made available to the postdoc.Candidates for this position must have completed the requirements of their PhD before starting the position and be available to start no later than April 1, 2023. The application deadline is September 30, 2022.  For more information and to apply: (posted 8/24/22)

Research Assistant: Shellfish Biology & Benthic Ecology (Maine, USA): The Downeast Institute is seeking a Research Assistant to work with DEI’s Director of Research and other PIs to support the advancement of hatchery and field research work plans.   All appointments are grant-funded and contingent on continued grant funding, which relies in large part on successfully achieving research outcomes.  Duties Include: working with the Director of Research and other PIs to understand hatchery and field objectives, key results, and tasks necessary to support each research work plan; Assisting with hatchery production trials and field experiments;  Tracking and communicating progress to achieve objectives, key results and tasks related to the research work plan to the PI and hatchery staff; Coordinating data collection needed for research experiments; Coordinating with hatchery staff to assign to research tasks; and, providing data and other written results to Director of Research or other PIs. Qualifications: A minimum of a B.S. in marine science, biology, environmental science, chemistry, or related fields required. MS is preferred or adequate related work experience. Computer proficiency and competency in a lab is required. Experience in marine animal husbandry is preferred. The flexibility to work occasionally during early mornings and evenings is expected. The ability to drive to and walk/work on mudflats is required. Full job description is available at  Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter electronically to [email protected] or mail to Downeast Institute, PO Box 83, Beals, Maine 04611. The position will remain open until filled. (posted 7/20/22)


Broodstock Manager (Washington State, USA): This position will be based out of the Shelton, WA Taylor Shellfish Co, Inc. facilities, but will require traveling to Bay Center (Willapa Bay), South Sound and Discovery Bay.  The broodstock manager will be in charge of tracking and taking care of all broodstock for commercial (ready to be used by the hatcheries) and research (Taylor Genetic Improvement Program (TGIP)) purposes. The manager is responsible for providing proper husbandry for the broodstock from seed to adults and then supplying the hatcheries with broodstock for spawning (principally diploid, triploid and tetraploid Pacific oysters). This position includes the following responsibilities: (these responsibilities will be much more detailed in our SOPs): Oversee at least 2 employees and manage their schedules and payroll;Receive and deploy the seed from the hatcheries to the farm; Provide husbandry for the commercial broodstock following appropriate oyster growing techniques to insure optimal growth and survival. These techniques might differ from “normal” commercial techniques, as it is very important to keep all the different lines or families handled separate. (SOP’s will be provided); Selecting oyster from requested broodstock groups for delivery to hatchery facilities. Oysters will be chosen based on desirable performance traits outlined in SOP’s; Handle all broodstock needs (collection, cleaning, and coordinate delivery) for the hatcheries to maintain production for the following species: Manila clams,Specialty oysters (Olympias, Virginicas, Kumamotos),Pacific oysters and other species when asked; Aid in collecting and the coordination of broodstock samples for our annual APHIS exams; Provide husbandry for the TGIP research groups.  Since these groups are part of a breeding program, the husbandry will follow different protocols and needs to be discussed with the research department. The farm will house several hundred families that need to be tracked and kept separate: Provide assistance and labor during the major phases of the TGIP program (Bulk seed deployment in June-July, Test experiment replication in Sept, and Seed performance assessment in October-November); Keep the broodstock database up to date (ideally after each bag handling or new seed deployment on the farm). Strong excel knowledge needed; Communicate regularly with the Quilcene hatchery’s research department through regularly scheduled conference calls; Update the Director of Research and Technology and the Hatchery Broodstock manager on the overall performance of the different groups of seed; Ensure that the requirements for proper husbandry are met both on and off the tide. This includes ordering supplies and make sure that the appropriate quality and number of gear is available (seed bags, cages, trays, tables, long lines…); Make sure that the gear is available and plentiful when needed for major seed deployment events; Coordinate the deployment of new seed bag and broodstock lines (“Shigoku” lines), as the demand increases with the TGIP breeding program (Coordinate with the research department).  REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: College degree with background in biology or genetics preferred; Shellfish experience preferred; Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate the tide and logistics schedule; Organized with good computer skills including Microsoft office software (Microsoft Excel knowledge required); Excellent communication skills including the ability to speak comfortably about sustainability, aquaculture, and marine biology; Demonstrate leadership by displaying your job expertise, flexibility, positive attitude, initiative, organization, communication skills and enthusiasm; Understand principles of husbandry for oysters and integrating knowledge into daily decision making and practices when handling broodstock; Ability to identify and act on immediate issues on the farm, general projects, and problem solve creatively and rapidly either independently or through effective communication with colleagues and supervisors; Keep detailed notes on activities and inventory control during maintenance and other activities pertaining to broodstock husbandry practices. Ability to record and share data using Microsoft Office software; Attend intra-company workshops and training for development of necessary operational skills: IT, data management, safety and heavy equipment training, First Aid, etc; Must be able to drive trucks up to one ton & qualify to be on company insurance; Be comfortable operating boats and have a WA State boaters’ card.  For more information on this position and to apply: (posted 6/2/22)

Shellfish Genetics Postdoctoral Fellow (Rhode Island, USA): The University of Rhode Island and USDA ARS Program in Shellfish Genetics and Breeding are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a project that aims to understand genetic architecture of disease resistance traits in Eastern oysters Crassostrea virginica. The position is an initial one-year appointment (with the possibility of renewal for two more years). This project will focus on understanding the genetic basis of resistance to Dermo disease in Eastern oysters and evaluation of methods for improving resistance through selective breeding. The primary responsibilities of the position will be the analysis and interpretation of genomic, pedigree, and phenotype data to understand the genetic basis of disease resistance. Additional responsibilities may include the simulation of breeding strategies and the evaluation of genetic population structure.  The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dina Proestou ([email protected]) and Thomas Delomas ([email protected]). The ideal candidate should have experience applying quantitative/statistical genetic or computational/bioinformatic methods to understand the genetic basis of traits. Experience with agriculture genetics, aquaculture, and/or genomic analyses in a non-model organism will be viewed favorably but are not required. The position will be based in Kingston, RI and can start as soon as possible. To apply, candidates should email Dina Proestou ([email protected]) with one combined PDF including: a (1) cover letter, (2) CV, and (3) contact information for two references. The search will continue until the position is filled. (posted 6/7/2022)