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Post-doctoral position, molecular breeding (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong): The newly-established Hong Kong Oyster Hatchery and Innovation Research Unit (HKO_HIRU) is seeking to hire a fulltime post-doc for molecular breeding of oysters to tolerate multiple stressors using molecular tools. This position at HKU is funded by Knowledge Exchange research grant from Lee Kum Kee International Ltd.. The Project starts in early 2021. Qualifications: We are seeking talented, enthusiastic, and hardworking PhD degree holder with a relevant research experience and a proven track record, e.g. publications in molecular breeding. Job Description:  This post doc 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. Further details of job description are provided here.  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 with a relatively quick (1 to 2 months) employment VISA process. Exact salary and appointment period (maximum 3 years) are negotiable. How to apply: Please send your query or CV to Rajan via Email:[email protected] or WhatsApp: 852-95757923 or WeChat: wxid_s610q4iljvdu22 or Skype: rajanhkDeadline: 30th April 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified.​ 

Hatchery Scientist (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong):  The newly-established Hong Kong Oyster Hatchery and Innovation Research Unit (HKO_HIRU) is seeking to hire a fulltime hatchery scientist position for 3 years. This position at HKU is funded by SFDF grant from the Hong Kong government for the innovative and impactful research work related to oyster aquaculture. The Project starts in early 2021. Qualifications: We are seeking talented, enthusiastic, and hardworking PhD degree holder with a relevant research experience and a proven track record, e.g. publications in aquaculture field. Job Description: You will be managing a small research-scale oyster hatchery located at HKU campus along with 2-3 staff members while experimenting variety of newly developed tools for modernizing oyster aquaculture and developing an impact case study. The successful applicants are expected to work in an interdisciplinary environment as a team with academics, government, oyster growers and aquaculture industry. Further details of job description are provided here. 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 with a relatively quick (1 to 2 months) employment VISA process. Exact salary and appointment period (maximum 3 years) are negotiable. How to apply: Please send your query or CV to Rajan via Email:[email protected] or WhatsApp: 852-95757923 or WeChat: wxid_s610q4iljvdu22 or Skype: rajanhkDeadline: 30th April 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified.​ (posted 4/9/2021)

Research Geneticist, Aquaculture (Oregon, USA):  The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit seeks a Research Geneticist, GS-0440-12/13 ($77,488 to $119,787per annum, plus benefits). Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of food production in the world and will soon surpass wild fisheries. Bivalve aquaculture is a sustainable form of animal protein production and there is vast potential for domestic industry expansion. Domestication and genetic improvement will play a major role in the ability of this industry to thrive and respond to environmental stressors and change. Compared to other crops, genetics and breeding of shellfish is still in its infancy and is prime for the application of contemporary genetic and breeding methods that can improve health, well-being, and production efficiency.  The position is located at the Pacific Shellfish Breeding Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon and will primarily focus on the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas). The scientist hired into the position will conduct genetics/genomics studies that are expected to 1) identify associations between genotypes and economically valuable phenotypes to apply within breeding programs, ii) quantify genetic variation in commercially relevant oyster populations and iii) work collaboratively with ARS, Oregon State University, private industry partners and others to advance knowledge of Pacific oyster genetics and of shellfish genetic improvement programs.   The ARS Research Geneticist position presents an outstanding range of research and breeding opportunities that will lead to broad impact for the producers of bivalve species along the west coast of North America. Refer to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/597365800 for further information for complete application instructions, and the full text announcement. (posted 4/6/2021)

Shellfish Hatchery Phycologist (Maryland, USA): Ferry Cove Shellfish is a commercial oyster hatchery focused on producing high quality shellfish larvae and seed stock for sale to buyers in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The company is seeking a dynamic individual to oversee all aspects of algal production at its newly constructed, technologically advanced hatchery operating in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Hatchery Manager and working closely with hatchery staff, the Phycologist will oversee all aspects of algal rearing, including general quality control, cleaning tubes and tanks, mixing of chemicals and nutrients, transfers of sterile algae, and the upkeep of the algal bioreactors, etc. He/she will be responsible for hands on work with batch and continuous algae production cultures to meet the ever-expanding needs of a modern shellfish hatchery. The position is fundamental to all aspects of algal rearing including; sterile inoculation, transfers and scale-up, general quality control and sanitation, maintaining the controlled environment of the algal stock room, mixing of nutrients and maintaining their inventories, and the upkeep of the algal bio-reactor system on a daily basis, required adjustments will need to be made to aeration, CO2 injection, water flow and pH. QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: The qualified candidate will be responsible for all aspects of algal rearing., The phycologist will work closely with the hatchery manager performing daily harvesting of selected algal strains, determining feed rates based on background algal cell levels to ensure every success of the shellfish hatchery. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Five years’ shellfish algal hatchery experience preferred, college degree; a science background is required, experience using sterile techniques, well organized and detail oriented, excellent analytical, problem solving, interpersonal and communications skills, proficiency with: (Microsoft Office Suite) PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  This is a physically demanding position which includes repetitive lifting and long periods standing on concrete. The employee: must be able to speak and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors and managers, must be able to carry out repetitive tasks, should be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty and be able to work in a physically challenging environment. POSITION STATUS and BENEFITS: This is a permanent, full-time position (40 hours) with full benefits including health, 401K, and paid time off. The Phycologist must be able to work a flexible schedule as some overtime and weekend work will be required during the production season. Salary is commensurate with experience. The primary duty location for this position is Sherwood, Maryland, 10 minutes from historical St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. START DATE:  May/June 2021 HOW TO APPLY: Please email résumés with cover letter and two references to [email protected] with “Hatchery Phycologist” in the subject line. While the interest of all applicants is appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. (posted 3/31/21)

Shellfish Hatchery Technician (Maryland, USA): Ferry Cove Shellfish is a commercial oyster hatchery focused on producing high quality shellfish larvae and seed stock for sale to buyers in the Mid-Atlantic region. The company is seeking hatchery technicians to work at its newly constructed, technologically advanced hatchery operating in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Hatchery Manager, the Hatchery Technician(s) will participate in: phytoplankton culture, broodstock conditioning and spawning, larval culture, nursery production, equipment cleaning and maintenance environmental monitoring and record keeping. QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: A degree in marine biology or aquaculture is preferred but consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant shellfish industry experience. The Hatchery Technician must have experience in a commercial-scale shellfish hatchery and be familiar with shellfish aquaculture equipment and culture systems. The successful applicant must also have good communication skills and problem-solving abilities. The Hatchery Technician must be organized, self-motivated, and able to work well both independently and as part of a team. The position requires an attention to detail and adherence to hatchery protocols. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: A degree in marine biology or aquaculture and/or three years’ shellfish hatchery / nursery experience, well organized and detail oriented, must be able to work independently and in teams, must be self-motivated PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  This is a physically demanding position which includes repetitive lifting and long periods standing on concrete. The employee: must be able to speak and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors and managers, must be able to carry out repetitive tasks, should be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty and be able to work in a physically challenging environment. POSITION STATUS and BENEFITS: This is a permanent, full-time position (40 hours) with full benefits including health, 401K, and paid time off. The Hatchery Technician must be able to work a flexible schedule as some overtime and weekend work will be required during the production season. Salary is commensurate with experience. The primary duty location for this position is Sherwood, Maryland, 10 minutes from historical St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. START DATE: May/June 2021 HOW TO APPLY: Please email résumés with cover letter and two references to [email protected] with “Hatchery Technician” in the subject line. While the interest of all applicants is appreciated, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. (posted 3/31/21)

Shellfish Hatchery Production Manager (Curacao, Lesser Antilles): The Curaçao Queen Conch Hatchery is seeking to hire a full time shellfish hatchery production manager for one year. The position is available immediately.  The Hatchery Manager will be responsible for everyday activities associated with growing queen conch from egg stage to juvenile stage including microalgae culture. Daily responsibilities include maintenance of the seawater system, collection of egg masses, observations of the conch using a microscope for the early stages, water changes for the larvae, inducing metamorphosis, and maintaining conch juvenile tanks. Daily responsibilities also include microalgae culture in the test tubes, flasks, carboys and sun tubes. Counting microalgae cells and feeding veligers. Flocculation of microalgae for the early stage juveniles. Preparation of feeds for the larger juveniles. General cleaning of tanks, supplies and facilities using biosecure procedures. Manager will also be responsible for data collection and monitoring health, development and survival of the conch. Work schedule will be 5 days per week. The Manger will report to the Curaçao Sea Aquarium Project Manager.  Recommended minimum qualifications include at least 3 years of experience operating a shellfish hatchery that includes larval rearing and microalgae culture. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
in marine science, biology, and/or aquaculture. Need to be able to follow protocols, troubleshoot, and work independently and as part of a team. This job requires physical work mostly indoor in the hatchery and in outdoor nursery system. Snorkel and diving are preferred for collection of egg masses from the Curaçao Sea Aquarium dolphin pools. Candidate should be detailed oriented, flexible and able to adapt to situations with a good attitude and work ethic.  Accommodations will be provided on site at the Curaçao Sea Aquarium and compensation will be $2,500 per month ($30,000 per year).  Questions, contact:  Manuel Jove, Curaçao Sea Aquarium Project Manager, [email protected]  To apply, send letter of interest and CV to: Manuel Jove, Curaçao Sea Aquarium Project Manager, [email protected] (posted 3/4/2021).

Postdoctoral Position (Sweden): The University of Gothenburg is seeking a candidate to fill a postdoctoral position with a research focus on (i) bivalve neuroendocrine physiology; or (ii) microalgal production for shellfish aquaculture; or (iii) aquaponics.  The position is fulltime for an initial 2-year contract with the possibility of renewal. International applicants are welcome. Although based at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the position also involves considerable international travel (once that becomes possible again due to the COVID situation), so applicants must be prepared to work for extended periods in locations outside of Sweden.  The exact start date for this position is negotiable depending on the availability of a suitable candidate, but a start date of September 1, 2021 is desirable. Salary is approximately $3500 USD per month (salary is paid in Swedish kroner so is relative to exchange rate). Position includes a full spectrum of vacation and travel benefits, as well as coverage from national health and business travel insurance.  A full job description and how it apply is available here. The application must include: a CV and cover letter that describes how the applicant meets the selection criteria  Evidence of strong academic writing skills (full text of at least three two first-author peer-reviewed manuscripts, any reports or project/grant proposals written, and a copy of the PhD dissertation); if not included on the CV, name and contact details of three referees attached in a file entitled References ‘your name’.pdf.  If the following items are not evident on the CV, please state clearly in the cover letter (a) your willingness to travel internationally for research periods in collaborating labs (b) evidence of teamwork (c) competence with specific statistical software. For more information, please contact Dr. Alyssa Joyce: [email protected] (posted 3/1/2021)

Postdoctoral Research Associate Shellfish Aquaculture (Virginia, USA):  William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in shellfish aquaculture to work with Dr. Bill Walton in the Department of Fisheries Science. The Postdoctoral Investigator will join researchers in the Walton Lab to develop and apply methods to understand how culture methods and farm management strategies in shellfish aquaculture affect yield, product quality and ultimately profitability. Field data from experimental farms at VIMS and cooperating farms are expected to be leveraged in this research, with collaboration likely with advisory service personnel, agriculture economists and/or marketing experts. The work will be firmly grounded in questions relevant to the US commercial shellfish aquaculture industry. We are seeking candidates who share VIMS’ commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence. Position responsibilities include: Development of a research plan that addresses one or more of the topics of interest; Development of conceptual approaches and sampling protocols; Collection of data from field and lab-based studies; Analysis of data and statistical modeling; Preparation of reports and manuscripts describing results; Coordination of meetings with the research team; Presentation of results at scientific conferences; and discussion of results with management agencies and other interested groups such as the VIMS Shellfish Aquaculture Program Exchange. The project will involve travel to meet with managers and to present at scientific conferences, as well as to accomplish field-based studies as necessary.  At the time of appointment, the successful applicant will have a PhD in fisheries science, marine science, agricultural economics or similar, with a research focus on shellfish aquaculture, ecology and/or restoration. Candidates should have: Experience leading others in the sampling and handling of shellfish in the field; Experience processing shellfish in the laboratory for tissue samples, shell condition, or similar; and strong quantitative and experimental design skills are required Preference will be given to applicants with: Experience analyzing willingness to pay by consumers for products; Experience applying statistical models (e.g., GLM) to data; Experience developing and using spatially explicit models to describe aquatic species distributions; Demonstrated computational abilities using R, MatLab, SAS or similar; and strong communication, team building, and organizational skills. Application materials should include: 1) a cover letter identifying availability for this position; 2) a 1-page statement describing relevant experiences and research interests; 3) a pdf of a peer-reviewed publication; 4) a full curriculum vitae; and 5) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.  Application materials should be addressed to: Dr. Ryan Carnegie, Search Committee Chair, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/40710. For full consideration, application materials are due by April 10, 2021 however, applications received after this date will be reviewed if necessary.  William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (posted 2/25/2021)

Coastal and Aquatic Ecological Research Technician -Focused on Oyster Restoration (Mississippi, USA): Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will be participating in collaborative coastal and aquatic ecological research. The participant will participate in a collaborative field experiment focused on bivalve restoration techniques in the Gulf of Mexico, that will improve Gulf sturgeon habitat and oyster reef, and will assess the use of Natural and Nature Based Features. The participant will participate by serving as a liaison between the ERDC Environmental Laboratory and University of Southern Mississippi partners on this oyster restoration research.  In addition, the participant will concurrently participate with the development of additional research projects within the coastal ecology and aquatic invasive species research groups portfolios. This will include, but will not be limited to, assisting with experimental design, data collection, analysis of results and writing papers.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, bivalve ecology, coastal restoration, oyster reef dynamics and commercial fisheries, invasive species, ecological study design, threatened and endangered species, among others. This appointment is a full-time twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.  Candidate should have completed or currently pursuing his/her Master's or PhD in a biological or ecological field of study.  Useful skills a candidate could bring to this opportunity include knowledge in: benthic invertebrate, vertebrate and coastal plant systems ecology; threatened and endangered species;  restoration and resilience of coastal ecosystems;· impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems; beneficial use of dredge material; natural and nature based features and natural infrastructure;  applying quantitative approaches to studying coastal systems; statistical approaches to data analysis including spatial analyses; proficiency in working with large datasets; strong technical writing skills.  For more information or to apply: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/ERDC-EL-2021-0002 (posted 2/1/21)

Shellfish Hatchery/Nursery Technician (Virginia, USA): Ward Oyster Company seeks a motivated individual to assist with hatchery and nursery operations. Primary responsibilities will be the daily care and husbandry of small oyster seed. Duties will include washing small seed ranging from 800um to 2mm in size, hand grading small oyster seed, performing counts and determining quantities, preparing orders, maintaining records, pressure washing upweller tanks, pressure washing upweller silos, and other nursery duties as required. Additional tasks may include assisting the hatchery crew in spawns, microalgal culture, husbandry of larvae and post-set animals, water changes, maintaining downwellers and bottle upweller system, and other tasks as required. This is a full-time, year-round position, one weekend day per week is required during the production season. The work occurs outside in all weather, and applicants must be capable of lifting 50 lbs. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently, pay attention to detail, and complete tasks thoroughly and efficiently. Required qualifications are a high school diploma, a valid driver’s license, and a strong work ethic. Preferred qualifications are college-level coursework in marine science, biology, and related fields. Experience in a shellfish hatchery or nursery is desirable, however we will train a promising and motivated candidate. Starting pay is $13.00/hr or commensurate with experience. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Chris Smith at: [email protected] (posted 1/21/2021)