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Shellfish Assessment Biologist (Oregon, 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 Assessment of Coastal Oregon (SEACOR) project which generates quantitative data to describe shellfish communities in selected bays and estuaries throughout Oregon.  The project has a total of 4 permanent staff who conduct research and assessment of Oregon’s marine / estuarine shellfish and estuarine habitat resources. Salary Range: $2,638 - $3,354 per month.  The primary responsibility of this position will be to conduct intertidal and subtidal surveys of shellfish populations and habitats in coastal estuaries as a member of the SEACOR (Shellfish and Estuarine Assessment of Coastal Oregon) team. This position will participate in other ecological studies of shellfish populations to address resource management needs (e.g. Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flights to map eelgrass; acoustic surveys to map bathymetry and habitats), conduct laboratory analyses of SEACOR field samples (e.g. grain size analysis), and help maintain SEACOR field equipment and boats. This position will record shellfish population and habitat data into field data sheets, ArcGIS Apps on tablets in the field, and Access databases. This position will help maintain the quality control of SEACOR data, participate in data analysis of SEACOR datasets, assist with writing of technical reports, and participate in SEACOR and Shellfish Program outreach events. This position is based out of Newport, Oregon. Office and laboratory work to be conducted primarily in Newport. Field Work to be conducted primarily in selected estuaries along the Oregon coast.  Contact Anthony F. D'Andrea with any questions ([email protected]).   Applications are due by November 16, 2020 at 11:59pm PDT  To view the announcement and apply for the position, please follow the link to the Shellfish Biologist position on the ODFW website:  https://oregon.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/SOR_External_Career_Site/job/Newport--ODFW--Southbeach-Annex/Biological-Science-Assistant--Shellfish-Assessment-Sampler-_REQ-51776 (posted 10/21/2020)

Graduate Student Position (Alabama, USA):  Auburn University has a graduate student position open for a M.Sc. in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences.  Desired Major(s) Bachelor’s degree in fisheries, aquaculture, comparative physiology, ecology, biology or related field with competitive GPA and GRE scores. Ideally the candidate will have expertise in both computer science and life science. Research experience is preferred. Knowledge of C++ or Python programming, Linux preferred, but not required.  Duties and Tasks Candidate will conduct research on improving Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) crop inventory and farm management through the practical integration of RFID technology in shellfish aquaculture.  Location Research will be conducted at the Auburn University Shellfish Lab on Dauphin Island, Alabama, where the student is expected to reside after one semester of coursework is completed on the main campus in Auburn, AL. Stipend ($18,500/year), with tuition waiver. Approximately monthly trips will be made to the RFID lab on the main campus.  Availability Application review will begin 11/1/20. 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] and Justin Patton, RFID Lab, [email protected] (posted 10/19/2020)

 

Oyster Hatchery Manager (Hong Kong): Hong Kong Oyster Hatchery and Innovation Laboratory is seeking a candidate manage and operate a small research-scale oyster hatchery located at HKU campus along with 2-3 staff members. For this position, Chinese language is preferable but not necessary. The hatchery setup is underway and will be ready for operation from March 2021. Therefore, applicants with experience in hatchery (not necessarily with oysters) or aquaculture related applied aquaculture research is encouraged to apply even if they do not know local Chinese language. He or she must have PhD degree in aquaculture related field. Salary range from HK$ 28,000 to 38,000 per month (1 US$ = 7.8 HK$). For this salary range, the income tax is negligible in Hong Kong. Exact salary and appointment period (maximum 3 years) are negotiable.  Please send your query or CV to Rajan ([email protected]) or WhatsApp: 852-95757923 or WeChat: wxid_s610q4iljvdu22 or Skype: rajanhk. Deadline: 30th October 2020 or until a suitable candidate is identified.  For full job description, visit: http://www.biosch.hku.hk/staff/rajan/rajan.htm (posted 10/8/2020)

Postdoctoral position - Integrated 'OMICS' (Hong Kong): This position is sponsored by HKSAR’s UGC funded GRF project in 2019 (title: The dynamic multigenerational fate of ocean acidification-stressed oysters). Recently, we observed that the larvae of the F1 generation (Hong Kong oyster) whose parents were exposed to ocean acidification (OA) had increased growth and metamorphosis. Here, the post doc will continue our ongoing experiment to investigate whether this expressed positive carryover effect and transgenerational plasticity are further carried forward to the next F2 generation, as well as identify the underlying inheritance mechanisms. He or she will have an opportunity to work in close collaboration with coinvestigators of the project, Prof Ziniu Yu of South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (HK oyster genomics) and Prof Steven Roberts of University of Washington (Epigenetics). Besides, the post doc is also expected to work very closely with one or two PhD students. Therefore, experience (as indicated by published papers) in molecular biology, bioinformatics and integrated omics in any organism is essential for this position. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply even if they do not have experience in oyster ocean acidification research.Salary range from HK$ 28,000 to 38,000 per month (1 US$ = 7.8 HK$). For this salary range, the income tax is negligible in Hong Kong. Exact salary and appointment period (maximum 3 years) are negotiable.  Please send your query or CV to Rajan ([email protected]) or WhatsApp: 852-95757923 or WeChat: wxid_s610q4iljvdu22 or Skype: rajanhk. Deadline: 30th October 2020 or until a suitable candidate is identified.  For full job description, visit: http://www.biosch.hku.hk/staff/rajan/rajan.htm (posted 10/8/2020)

Postdoctoral position - Seafood Chemistry (Hong Kong): Hong Kong Oyster Hatchery and Innovation Laboratory is seeking a candidate with knowledge and experience in biochemistry (lipid, protein, carbohydrate and metabolic) and food safety (metal and microbial) analyses in any field of research, will identify “novel” biochemical markers or components for selection of oyster meat with high qualities and standard and also to understand how climate change affect those commercial traits. Therefore, experience (as indicated by published papers) in chemical analyses of metabolites in any organism is essential for this position. Two post docs will execute this “applied research project”, one from seafood chemistry and another one form “molecular breeding” background. The two post docs will work together and with LKK staffs and local oyster growers.  You will identify genotype x environment interaction in HK oyster species that produce the most favorable meat quality using metabolites, taste and flavor components as an indicator.  Salary range from HK$ 28,000 to 38,000 per month (1 US$ = 7.8 HK$). For this salary range, the income tax is negligible in Hong Kong. Exact salary and appointment period (maximum 3 years) are negotiable.  Please send your query or CV to Rajan ([email protected]) or WhatsApp: 852-95757923 or WeChat: wxid_s610q4iljvdu22 or Skype: rajanhk. Deadline: 30th October 2020 or until a suitable candidate is identified.  For full job description, visit: http://www.biosch.hku.hk/staff/rajan/rajan.htm (posted 10/8/2020)

Postdoctoral position - Molecular Breeding (Hong Kong): Hong Kong Oyster Hatchery and Innovation Laboratory is seeking a candidate with knowledge and experience in using verity of molecular tools (e.g. genomics, QTL, SNP gene chips, and genotyping) for selective breeding in plants or animals, will identify “novel” molecular markers for rapid identification of strains (using novel and innovative marker assisted selection tools) to survive high salinity winter months and then correlate the data with commercial traits of interest. Therefore, experience (as indicated by published papers) in integrated “OMICS”, bioinformatics, and molecular breeding in any organism is essential for this position. The successful applicants are expected to work in an interdisciplinary environment as a team with academics, government, oyster growers and aquaculture industry.  Salary range from HK$ 28,000 to 38,000 per month (1 US$ = 7.8 HK$). For this salary range, the income tax is negligible in Hong Kong. Exact salary and appointment period (maximum 3 years) are negotiable.  Please send your query or CV to Rajan ([email protected]) or WhatsApp: 852-95757923 or WeChat: wxid_s610q4iljvdu22 or Skype: rajanhk. Deadline: 30th October 2020 or until a suitable candidate is identified.  For full job description, visit: http://www.biosch.hku.hk/staff/rajan/rajan.htm (posted 10/8/2020)

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).

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)


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)