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MS Graduate Research Assistantship ‐ Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture (Florida, USA): We are currently seeking applicants for a two-year M.S. research assistant investigating on molluscan shellfish genetics and germplasm preservation.This successful applicant will work majorly on hard clams and eastern oysters for their breeding programs, germplasm preservation, and related genetic analysis and aquaculture techniques.This position will be based at the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program in Gainesville, Florida, and will travel to Cedar Key, Florida to use the Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Laboratory (1-hr driving from Gainesville) for hatchery, nursery and growout experiments. The terminal degree will be awarded through the Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (  Qualifications: B.S. degree in aquaculture or related disciplines, GRE scores of >150 Verbal and >150 Quantitative; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Familiarity with oyster or clam spawning, hatchery, and growout, and capability of biological assays and molecular techniques.  Salary/Benefits: $21,333 annually, plus tuition waiver and GatorGradCare health insurance.Interested applicants should submit the following documents as a single pdf or word file via email to Dr. Huiping Yang, ([email protected]) as soon as possible: Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial academic transcripts, Unofficial GRE scores, and Names and contact information of three professional references.  Final candidates will be contacted and required to submit formal applications to the University of Florida graduate school by October 15, 2019. For further admission information please visit‐to‐apply/ or contact Ms. Amy Abernethy [email protected], the academic coordinator for graduate programs. (posted 8/21/19)

Shellfish Farm Field Technician (New Jersey, USA): Bayfarm,Inc. is a hard clam and oyster farm that has been operating in Southern New Jersey for 30 years. We have an immediate opening for a field technician who will be responsible for tending and harvesting hard clams on our bay bottom lots, as well as working in our raceway/upweller land-based nursery. The applicant should be comfortable with small boat handling, outboard motors, physical labor and working with the tides. Full time work with variable hours. Please visit our website and submit a resume via the contact page (posted 7/27/19)

Aquaculture Facility Manager (Texas, USA):  The Fisheries and Mariculture Laboratory of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute is looking for applicants to fill the position of aquaculture facility manager.  We would prefer to hire a person who has a master’s degree and significant experience with marine recirculating systems (job title: Research Scientist III), but we are able to consider applicants with a bachelor’s degree and less experience (job title: Research Scientist II). We will fill only one of the two announced positions.  To review both positions and to apply, visit: (posted 7/17/19)

Director of Farm Operations, Hog Island Oyster Co. (California, USA):  If you’re looking for a position that will both challenge and reward while working for a Company that takes care of its people, the planet and profits, then we encourage you to apply. We are proud to be a certified B Corp, using business as a force for good. The DFO will be responsible for the successful operation of the Company’s seed and shellfish production units as well as the distribution and outside sales of those production units.   This individual is expected to implement the Company vision, values and directives to meet the current production and distribution goals.  A commitment to fostering team unity and growth, maintaining fiscal controls, as well as long term planning for development and expansion will be required. A strong cultural fit and passion for our values and principles is most important as this position will serve in a highly visible leadership role.This position requires travel and a satisfactory background check. For full job description and job requirements or to apply, visit: (posted 7/14/19)


Postdoctoral Fellow Increasing Clam Production Through Genetic Selection (Florida, USA):  Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute campus is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow Increasing Clam Production Through Genetic Selection, Fort Pierce, FL. This position is located at FAU's Harbor Branch campus in Fort Pierce, FL. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to conduct research designed to improve clam seed production, through genetic selection (development of lines adapted to changing environment (e.g. thermal tolerant, pH tolerant, etc.), and dietary optimization (e.g. algal strains, mixtures, ratios) to enhance spawning success and seed performance. RNA seq methods will be used to ID potential markers association with production variation seen between developed lines in response to changing environmental parameters. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to present results at scientific conferences, lead and contribute to scientific journal articles, and oversee interns and/or students.   Minimum Qualification:  PhD from an accredited institution in Aquaculture, Biology, or related field required by the time of application.  Experience using standard molecular biology techniques required.  Experience working with clams or other bivalves preferred.  Must be organized, detailed oriented, have a strong work ethic, good communication skills; and the ability to work as part of a team.   Must be able to work in less than ideal environments including outdoors in extreme heat and humidity.   All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position (Postdoctoral Fellow Increasing Clam Production Through Genetic Selection) on the Office of Human Resources' job website ( by completing the required online employment application and submitting the related documents. When completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format.   Recommendation letters should be submitted directly to Catherine Rossmell ([email protected]). The subject of the email should clearly say the name of the candidate and the position.   A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.   For more information and to apply, visit and go to Apply Now (REQ06467). (posted 7/10/19)

Post Doctoral Research, UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences (North Carolina, USA): Full job description posted at
Candidate will conduct exciting research in collaboration with industry partners on Vibrio pathogen quantification for water quality and shellfish aquaculture, including development of rapid methods for aquaculture applications, and public health risk associated with recreational water and shellfish pathogens.  This position will combine the best of field, lab, and computer based investigations in collaboration with multi-national companies interested in revolutionizing rapid testing for pathogens in water and shellfish. Experience with molecular methods, and statistical analysis approaches is a must. Bioinformatics and field skills such as boating, and aquaculture farm research experience are desired. Submit your application at the link, or contact Rachel Noble, at [email protected] for further information if desired. (posted 7/8/19)

Assistant Professor of Practice: Extension Aquaculturist (Oregon, USA): Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) and Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor of Practice: Extension Aquaculturist. The salary range is 63-73k, depending on experience. The position will be serving the Oregon Coastal Region with specific emphasis on Tillamook County and the North coast region. The position will be based in Tillamook, Oregon. This is a ranked position with promotional opportunities; the individual hired will need to determine an academic home within one year of start date. The individual hired will also be expected to bring in 25% of their salary in future years.  This position will address the need for engagement and extension in shellfish and seaweed culture, as well as other existing and potential aquaculture activities in Oregon and the region. The incumbent will understand, synthesize, and communicate the current challenges and opportunities for aquaculture and provide science-based information to the aquaculture industry leadership and workforce, policy-makers, regulators, and coastal community members and others involved in decisions that may affect Oregon’s current and potential aquaculture practitioners. This work includes the facilitation, development, execution, coordination, and evaluation of education and research projects related to aquaculture and marine resources. The incumbent will also take a leadership role in obtaining support for further research and, when appropriate, development of aquaculture initiatives in Oregon.   OSU seeks diversity as a source of enrichment for our university community. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.   To learn more, go to and enter in Posting # P03086UF.   To apply you are required to submit the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. 3) Answer a supplemental question.  For additional information please contact: Amanda Gladics at [email protected] (posted 6/17/19).

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (Texas, USA): The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be responsible for overseeing aquaculture production research and managing associated personnel. This individual will conduct research, generate publications, and assist with grant proposals. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of faculty, postdocs, undergraduate, and graduate students and must have the demonstrated ability to work to deadlines and in inclement weather conditions. The position will be subject to working outdoors in the marine coastal environment.  All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.  To apply and see full job description:  (posted 6/8/19)

Oyster Hatchery Assistant Manager (Florida, USA):  The Pensacola Bay Oyster Hatchery Assistant Manager is a full time salary position based on but not limited to 40hrs/wk.  Annual Salary $30,000, Eligible for annual bonuses based on production quotas, Three Month Probationary Period, PTO as production schedule allows and as approved by COO.  Applicant Qualifications:  B.S. in Aquaculture, Marine Biology, or related concentration; Min. 2 years of experience working in a hatchery or applicable field work involving oyster ecology; M.S. acceptable substitute for work experience.  Job Duties Include but not limited to: Assist in daily hatchery operations; Assist with biological activities: WQ, spawning, larval rearing, and seed grow-out/grading; Assist with general maintenance, expansion of hatchery, and repairs; Direct operations of hatchery in absence (and under the guidance) of hatchery manager; Diving lease for site surveys; WQ monitoring; Seed deployment and harvesting; Population and recruitment monitoring; Harvesting for order fulfillment; Splitting bags, desiccating cages/bags, sorting; Fleet and equipment maintenance;  Further Expectations: Must be self-motivated and possess desire to succeed; Schedule will consist of needs based on overall success of the company; Cooperatively work with all team members to achieve combined goals of success for Pensacola Bay Oyster Company, Pensacola Bay Oyster Hatchery, and The Oyster Restoration Company & Hatchery as a whole; Effectively manage time by identifying and prioritizing duties to meet all established priorities; Responsive to emergencies, available to work weekends and holidays as needed, and passionate about growing an aquaculture business; Opportunity for ground-floor growth with innovative, start-up company.  To apply please email your resume and/or CV to [email protected] (posted 6/1/19)