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Oyster Hatchery Technician (Florida, USA): The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory seeks an Oyster Hatchery Technician with strong interests in shellfish husbandry to be involved in hatchery operations as part of the Apalachicola Bay System Initiative. This position will contribute to a long-term research project examining the health and mapping a trajectory for recovery of oyster reefs in the Apalachicola Bay.  The hatchery will focus on the production of oyster larvae and seed for experimental purposes. Note that this is not for commercial production. This position will report to the ABSI Hatchery Manager and will be involved in all aspects of shellfish production (specifically the eastern oyster).  To apply, please visit and submit an application to job ID 47206. The deadline to apply is March 18, 2020. Florida State University is An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: (posted 2/25/2020).
Wildlife Biologist-3, Mussel Program Leader (West Virginia, USA): The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) plans to fill a Wildlife Biologist -3 position in the Elkins Operations Center in Randolph County.  The position serves as Mussel Program Leader in the Wildlife Diversity Unit of the Wildlife Resources Section with state wide responsibilities. This is a multi-disciplinary position that includes biological field work involving data collection/analysis, regulatory enforcement, conservation education, environmental review, incident/disease investigation, coordination with other state and federal agencies, and conservation activities (including recovery of listed species)/planning.  Demonstrated experience with survey and monitoring methodologies for freshwater mussels is essential. Familiarity with the West Virginia Mussel Survey Protocols is preferred (  For more information regarding this position you may contact Janet Clayton or Kieran O’Malley at (304) 637-0245 or by email at [email protected] or Kieran.M.O’[email protected] (posted 2/25/2020)
Algologist/Biological Sciences Research Technician, Oregon State University (Newport, Oregon): The Molluscan Broodstock Program is recruiting a full-time Algologist/Biological Sciences Research Technician 2 for the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 2 years from the appointment begin date with possibility of renewal dependent on funding. The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is an administrative unit of Oregon State University (OSU) designed for education, research and extension. In addition, the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) is housed at HMSC with a branch in Astoria. COMES conducts research to understand, conserve, utilize, and manage Oregon’s marine resources and to enhance the economic and social value of related activities. This position will be a part of the Molluscan Broodstock Program (MBP), which is a research program working in partnership with the West Coast oyster industry to improve the performance of Pacific Oysters through genetic selection. To view the full position description, and to apply, click here: or visit the the Oregon State University job search page and enter posting number PO2588CT. Application deadline is February 23, 2020. (posted 2/5/2020)

Postdoctoral Research Position, Modeling Interactions among Wind Energy and Shellfish Fisheries (New Jersey, USA): Rutgers University seeks applications from candidates with experience or interest in shellfish fisheries and numerical modeling. The project is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary, and we invite applications from candidates who excel in team work environments and are interested in building an interdisciplinary network of collaborators.  The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team whose goal is modeling economic and ecological interactions of a major commercial clam fishery and proposed wind energy farms along the US Atlantic coast. Position is based at the Haskin Shellfish Research Lab (located in Port Norris, NJ) at Rutgers University, in Prof. Daphne Munroe’s group. Will include frequent travel to meet with project collaborators and advisors from management and fishing communities. Funding is in place for one year, with possible extension subject to funding. The postdoc will be responsible for coordinating meetings with interdisciplinary teams, collection of data from industry and management advisory teams and primary literature, planning and running simulations of ocean energy/fishery interactions, and writing reports and manuscripts about results. Opportunities for grant writing, undergraduate student mentoring, and presentations at science conferences will also be encouraged. Qualifications: PhD in ecology, fisheries, data science or related fields. Preference will be given, to applicants with 1) expertise in shellfish ecology, fisheries, or resource management; 2) strong communication, team building, and organization skills; 3) can code in R, MatLab, Fortran or similar languages; and 4) strong publication records and proven written and oral communication skills. To Apply: Submit application materials here (posted 1/31/2020)

Associate Professor-AY (Director of Rutgers Marine Field Station) (New Jersey, USA):  The Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is seeking a motivated tenure-track, academic year, faculty to join a collaborative statewide community as Director of the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS). While the full range of faculty positions will be considered, preference is given to a mid-career candidate with a research, teaching and service record that will empower their pursuit of long-term cross-disciplinary partnerships and program-building goals. RUMFS has a decades long history of research in fisheries and marsh ecology that is expanding as part of a state-wide coastal marine research station network including the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratories, New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the Sandy Hook Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit. This network of laboratories is embedded within coastal ecosystems and communities where hands-on research, teaching and outreach opportunities abound. RUMFS is located on the seaward edge of the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), and on the inshore edge of a world-renowned long-term coastal ocean observatory. Housed within the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences with >50 faculty, the position will be a creative bridge drawing upon numerous strengths across Rutgers, including growing collaborations within the Rutgers Energy Institute in the area of offshore wind energy development, and within the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences in the area of coastal resiliency. Depending on research interests, the successful candidate will have the option to join the Center for Fisheries and Ocean Sustainability and/or the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership. Rutgers is ranked within the top 25 public universities in the United States with a vibrant student body of >70,000 students. The candidate is expected to expand and develop an internationally recognized research program, mentor graduate students in the candidate’s area of expertise, and be involved in undergraduate teaching. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. As an equal opportunity employer and a campus with a continually growing diverse faculty and student body, Rutgers University encourages applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring under-represented demographics in marine science. We encourage applicants to comment in their cover letter and their statements on how their research, teaching, service and outreach activities contribute to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.  More information, or to apply:

Assistant Professor of Practice: Extension Aquaculture Specialist (Oregon, USA): Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) is seeking applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor of Practice: Extension Aquaculture Specialist.  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. Please note this is a re-posting of a similar position that was advertised last July.  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.   The Assistant Professor of Practice, Extension Aquaculture Specialist 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, coastal community members and others involved in decisions which may impact Oregon’s current and potential aquaculture practitioners. The incumbent will also take a leadership role in obtaining support for applied research and, when appropriate, development of aquaculture initiatives in Oregon. Although not currently part of the position, there is the potential for classroom teaching depending on the interests and skills of the candidate.   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 #P03558UF.  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 1/30/2020)

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Environmental Toxicology, University of Mississippi (Mississippi, USA): The University of Mississippi is searching for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Environmental Toxicology for a position that is available 1 March 2020. The ideal candidate would have experience in invertebrate larval rearing and conducting toxicity assays, and an interest in marine conservation and resource management. The successful candidate will join a Mississippi-Based RESTORE Center of Excellence funded research program assessing the effects of environmental stressors on oyster development and survival. The goal is to integrate field, laboratory, and policy research on the impacts of low salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen and harmful algal blooms on early life stages of oysters to inform sustainable oyster reef restoration efforts in Mississippi coastal waters. The candidate will perform laboratory exposures and bioassays, and deploy field experiments. Research will be coordinated with the MBRACE Core Research Program, which will conduct in situ water quality monitoring, and the Sea Grant Law Program. There will be opportunities for outreach through partnerships with educational and conservation groups, as well as for developing a broader understanding of marine policy issues.   For complete job description, experience/requirements, and how to apply, click here: (posted 1/17/2020)

Graduate Research Student Assistant (Florida, USA): The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute campus at Florida Atlantic University located in Fort Pierce, Florida has a Masters graduate research student assistantship available in clam aquaculture.  Summary of Responsibilities Include: The successful applicant will be involved in a two-year funded project that examines biotic and abiotic factors affecting hard clam production; the focus will be on monitoring water quality, bacterial loads; responsible for monitoring seed health in Florida hatchery/nursery operations.  Minimum Qualification:  Bachelors’ degree from an accredited institution in Aquaculture, Biology, or related field required.  Must be a degree seeking graduate student enrolled in any of the three Biology MS Program tracks (Biology, Marine Science, Environmental Science) at FAU.  Per degree application requirements:

GPA greater than 3.0, A transcript, GRE score minimum of 151 (verbal) and 151 (quantitative) and two (2) letters of recommendation required.   Must be organized, detailed oriented, have a strong work ethic, good communication skills; and have 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.  Research experience in aquaculture or culture of marine organisms preferred.   Experience with water quality instrumentation and microscopy preferred.  For more information and to apply, visit and go to Apply Now (REQ08033) (posted 12/19/19).