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Associate Professor, Fisheries and Mariculture (Texas, USA): The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) invites applications for a tenure-track Associate Professor of Mariculture and Program Coordinator for the Fisheries and Mariculture program (FAMA) to begin fall 2021. We seek a motivated and talented person who can work in applied areas of Mariculture including Production Mariculture, Nutrition, and Development of Mariculture species. Applicants whose expertise is complementary to that of existing faculty and who can fill known gaps in the department are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program, supervise graduate students in the FAMA MS program and Marine Biology PhD program, and teach courses consistent with their individual expertise.  In addition, the new hire is expected to take on the role of Program Coordinator for FAMA. The FAMA program (https://sci.tamucc.edu/departments/life-sciences/fisheries-and-mariculture) prepares M.S. students for careers in either the private or public sector in fisheries or mariculture. This is accomplished through a rigorous core curriculum combined with thesis research or internship projects. The successful applicant must demonstrate a vision of expanding and strengthening the FAMA program.  Office and dry lab research space will be provided in Tidal Hall, a new (2019) state of the art building on campus, and wet lab space off-campus at the TAMU AgriLife Mariculture Research Facility (TAMRF) is available for preapproved projects. The TAMRF is a wet-lab facility with a natural seawater system, laboratory space, as well as equipment and facilities for microalgae culture, water chemistry analysis, and spawning and rearing of marine species.  Required Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Fisheries Science, Biology or related field specializing in Mariculture; A strong publication record in leading journals; and Experience at the Assistant Professor level.  Preferred Qualifications: Individuals with active, externally-funded research programs and collaborations, who can take advantage of potential faculty collaborators and our research laboratories and equipment, including the Texas A&M AgriLife Mariculture Research Facility, High Performance Computer Center, Isotope Core Lab, microscopy and other analytical facilities; Applicants whose research focus is complementary to existing faculty in the department are especially encouraged to apply.  All required documentation must be submitted to be considered for the position: Cover letter; Statement of research interests; Teaching statement that details a) preferred teaching interest and teaching philosophy, and b) strategies to guide/grow the FAMA program; Curriculum vitae; four professional references including name, address, title, telephone number, and email addresses- including a current or previous supervisor.   TO APPLY: http://hr.tamucc.edu/careers/ The position will remain open until a finalist is selected. Applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday, March 15, 2021; review of applications will begin April 1, 2021. (posted 1/16/2021)

Shellfish Hatchery Technician (Maryland, USA): Ferry Cove Shellfish, a commercial oyster hatchery focused on producing high quality shellfish larvae and seed stock for sale is seeking hatchery technicians to work at its newly constructed, technologically advanced hatchery operating in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Reporting to the Hatchery Manager, the Hatchery Technician(s) will participate in the following activities: phytoplankton culture, broodstock conditioning and spawning, larval culture, nursery production, equipment cleaning and maintenance, environmental monitoring and record keeping.  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. 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 and has an anticipated start date of March 2021.  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. Applications must be received by January 22, 2021 to be considered.  More information can be found here: www.ferrycove.org/aboutus. (posted 12/7/2020)

Shellfish Hatchery Phycologist (Maryland, USA): Ferry Cove Shellfish, a commercial oyster hatchery focused on producing high quality shellfish larvae and seed stock for sale is seeking a phycologist to oversee all aspects of algal production at its newly constructed, technologically advanced hatchery operating in Talbot County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  The Phycologist will report 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 vitamins, 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. 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. 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 and has an anticipated start date of March 2021.  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. Applications must be received by January 22, 2021 to be considered.  More information can be found here: www.ferrycove.org/aboutus. (posted 12/7/2020)

Oyster Hatchery Assistant Manager (Louisiana, USA). Triple N Oysters has an opening for an oyster hatchery assistant manager. Previous experience required in a shellfish hatchery environment.  Located in Baton Rouge, LA. Larvae and/or algal culture experience required. Salary 40-50K. Bonuses possible. Please contact Steve Pollock at 225-588-6254 or [email protected] for more information (posted 12/2/2020).

Research Professional (Georgia, USA): Applications are being accepted for a Research Professional at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography of the University of Georgia (SkIO), a multidisciplinary research institution located on the Georgia coast near Savannah, GA (http://www.skio.uga.edu/). This position will work with a Principal Investigator to conduct research in biological oceanography for a 12-month period and is renewable on an annual basis contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of research funding. Responsibilities will include the daily operations of the Frischer Molecular Ecology Laboratory and participating in ongoing grant-funded laboratory and field research including participation in oceanographic research cruises.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in a related field, master’s degree preferred.  Minimum of 1-year of relevant research experience.  Duties/Responsibilities: Support the daily operation of the laboratory including ordering and tracking materials and supply inventories, laboratory safety, and laboratory waste management; Performance of a range of technical analyses largely focused on nucleic acids (DNA, rRNA, and mRNA); Routine maintenance of algae and other cultured organisms; Data and record keeping and basic data analysis; Assist with and provide supervision and training to undergraduate students, graduate students, and research associates in all aspects of the ongoing research; Participate in the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and grant proposals; Some travel may be required associated with fieldwork or attendance at scientific meetings; Operate vehicles and laboratory equipment in a safe, technically correct manner; Follow standardized research protocols with supervision.  Skills/Abilities: Knowledge of basic laboratory skills; Knowledge of reagent preparation and axenic sterile culture techniques; Knowledge of nucleic acid purification and quantification; Knowledge of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction); Knowledge of gel electrophoresis, and other complex molecular biology and biochemistry assays. (omics analysis skills preferred).  Knowledge of Microsoft Office Software (Excel, Powerpoint, Word); Capable of sea-going activities related to coastal oceanographic data collection. Ability to work in a variety of conditions, climate controlled and outdoor environments; Ability to understand and interpret scientific information (data and technical manuals); Ability to work independently.  Other duties as assigned and appropriate.   APPLICATION DEADLINE - OPEN UNTIL FILLED.  To apply, please submit application via the UGA website with a cover letter and resume using the job search function for Position #S05311P at the following URL: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/174259 Please contact Levon Calloway, Business Manager, at [email protected] or Dr. Marc Frischer, Professor, at [email protected] for any additional information regarding this position.  (posted 10/25/20)