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Graduate Research Assistantship in Ichthyology

Date Posted: 26 Mar 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Saint Louis University
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Closing date: 14 April, 2017

The Mayden Lab at St. Louis University is seeking a Ph.D. student research assistant interested the global diversity and evolution of freshwater fishes. Projects involve both molecular and morphological taxonomic and/or systematic studies, as well as many other areas that make use of uncovering previously unknown diversity and phylogenetic relationships. Student will be working in fully developed laboratories for molecular and morphological studies, curation of specimens and tissues, and a full array of microscopes of different types, multiple camera systems, and full molecular laboratory.

Qualifications:

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and preferred applicants will be those with experience with fieldwork with fishes, laboratory experiences in molecular and/or morphological studies, statistical background, and willingness to learn and adapt to new ideas, techniques, and ideas.

To Apply:

Interested parties please contact Dr. Richard Mayden at maydenrl [at] slu [dot] edu or 314-977-3494.

Saint Louis University offers research assistantships as 11-month appointments, full healthcare benefits. This position will be for 12 months/year and with healthcare benefits. There exists plenty of affordable housing within walking distance to campus. 

Associate Professor in Fish Biology

Date Posted: 26 Mar 2017 (Show details)

Institution: UIT The Arctic University of Norway
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Closing date: 30 April 2017

The research group for genetics at the The Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NCFS), UiT The Arctic University of Norway (in beautiful Tromso), seeks a motivated, collaborative, and ambitious scientist for a permanent position as Associate professor in fish biology (12 month’s salary). The position is a part of a strategic commitment to strengthen the capacity for aquaculture related research at NCFS/UiT.

Research emphases of the position include two or more of the following themes:

  • Biological and genetic interactions between aquaculture and natural systems;
  • Biological and genetic effects of climate change for the aquaculture industry;
  • Evaluation and assessment of biodiversity in relation to area planning and sustainability of aquaculture activities;
  • Conservation biology with focus on maintaining local adaptations in aquaculture and natural systems/species. 

Responsibilities also include teaching fish biology, supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, and contribution to educational outreach and dissemination, at UIT and to the industry and society in general.

Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in fish biology and a strong research record;
  • Background and experience in classic fish biology, modern molecular taxonomy, and principles related to speciation in fishes is preferred;
  • Knowledge of the use of environmental DNA in studies of biodiversity, population genomic methods, fish anatomy and/or fish physiology is preferred;
  • Documented ability to secure external funding for research is preferred.
  • Experience in teaching relevant subjects.

To Apply:

Apply online at www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/135757/associate-professor-in-fish-biology-at-the-faculty-of-biosciences-fishery-and-economics. Please read the full posting for complete details pertinent to the position at and follow the application instructions therein.

For further information, please contact: Group leader, Associate Professor Kim Praebel, kim [dot] praebel [at] uit [dot] no, Professor Ragnar L. Olsen, ragnar [dot] olsen [at] uit [dot] no, or head of department Kathrine Tveiteras, kathrine [dot] tveiteras [at] uit [dot] no.

Temporary Research Associate in Ichthyology

Date Posted: 21 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Great Basin Institute
Location: Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada
Closing date: not provided

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is recruiting for a Research Associate (RA) to serve as a Biological Science Specialist at the Ash Meadows Fish Conservation Facility, Amargosa Valley, NV. Primary duties include development and implementation of a long-term ecosystem monitoring plan for a 100,000 gallon refuge tank that simulates the Devils Hole spring ecosystem and provides habitat for a backup population of endangered Devils Hole pupfish, and assisting the aquaculturist/fish biologist in fish and aquatic invertebrate culture and care. The RA works directly under the supervision of the Facility Manager and with project partners and cooperators.

The position is full-time, temporary (7 months, March/April 2017 – September 2017). Compensation is $21/hr with ACA-compliant health benefits.

Main duties include:

  • Acts as lead technician on the inventory and monitoring of the refuge tank ecosystem. This includes conducting a wide variety of water quality tests to monitor biotic and abiotic parameters, such as water chemistries, nutrients, and bacterial loads. This also includes development, planning, scheduling, and implementing aquatic invertebrate surveys, fish surveys, and substrate and algal surveys.
  • Continues the development and implementation of the currently in-progress ecosystem monitoring plan for the refuge tank ecosystem. This includes determining appropriate survey equipment, experimental design, database management, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of large datasets, statistical analyses, creating and updating SOPs, presentations, and reports to supervisors and cooperators.
  • Assists in culture and inoculation of aquatic invertebrates in aquaria
  • Assists with fish culture and care for desert fishes in aquaria.
  • Works independently to maintain and troubleshoot environmental monitoring equipment such as Hach multiprobe water quality sensors, light meters, HOBO temperature loggers. Ability to reference O&M manuals, written and video-recorded SOPs, and other resources, as required.
  • Accurately records and archives data and meticulously maintains and archives written records of laboratory and field activities, including by not limited to: water qualities, aquatic flora and fauna propagation and culture activities, environmental surveys, and all other work completed. The incumbent will keep these records in such a manner that they may be referenced and interpreted by internal and external regulatory agencies for the purposes of endangered species management for high-profile species.
  • Follows SOPs and sterile technique procedures to ensure proper cleanliness, decontamination, and sterilization of laboratory and hatchery facilities, equipment, and sampling gear.
  • Assists in the planning and execution of the planned program by making recommendations and ensuring communication are effective between facility staff and other partners and offices.
  • Works cooperatively with various U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners to address ecological, hatchery, and fish and invertebrate culture questions to further the successful propagation of native aquatic organisms in the southwest.
  • Heads outreach, scheduling, training, and direct supervision to volunteers for facility activities.
  • The work is completed in both indoor and outdoor locations, often in extreme conditions, and often working alone.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, and cleaning. Some weekend and odd-hour work may be required.
  • Applicant must be comfortable working at a facility that is located in a semi-remote desert location.  

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s and two years of experience or Master’s degree in biology or environmental sciences (e.g. ecology, fisheries, entomology, conservation biology, wildlife management, or related field) OR at least four years of full-time work experience in a closely related field.
  • Experience in data collection and management and project reporting.
  • Familiarity with and ability to use a microscope to identify micro, meio, and macro invertebrates
  • Experience in working in a laboratory setting running water quality analyses and utilizing laboratory analytical equipment and methods including but not limited to spectrophotometry, balances, and microscopes.
  • Education or experience in community and/or ecosystem ecology a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to work in harsh desert conditions, including extreme temperatures, independently or as part of a team.
  • Willingness, ability, and experience working in a scientific laboratory setting that involves frequent use of hazardous laboratory and industrial chemicals according to OSHA regulations
  • Experience or training in aquaculture, aquarium, or hatchery operations, or keeping aquatic animals in aquaria, a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience.
  • Experience in volunteer coordination a plus.
  • Valid, clean, state-issued driver’s license and familiarity driving 4WD vehicles on- and off-road.
  • Willingness to submit to a background check, and pass computer security and ethics training.
  • Ability to lift a minimum 50 lbs. for short periods of time.
  • Current SCUBA certification or willingness to obtain certification a plus.  

To Apply:

Apply online at crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/.

Graduate Assistantship for Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project

Date Posted: 16 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Maine
Location: Orono, Maine
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed beginning March 20 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine has an opening in its Masters of Wildlife Conservation program for a student to participate in a project to update the Maine Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. This is a non-thesis degree program requiring 30 credits of course work, including an independent project; we expect that it will take four semesters and perhaps a summer to complete the program. The project will include field surveys and some database work in collaboration with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; academic supervisors will be Aram Calhoun and Malcolm Hunter.

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree with a strong academic record, an interest in fieldwork, and intent to expand their coursework in ecology and conservation. Priority will be given to applicants with field survey experience and teaching experience.

Most of our MWC programs have limited financial support but in this case support includes four semesters of a Teaching Assistantship stipend, tuition waivers, and half the cost of health insurance. Applications for a program beginning September 2017 will be reviewed beginning March 20 and continue until the position is filled.

Please send a letter of interest, transcripts, GRE scores, and resume to Wildeco [at] maine [dot] edu with a subject heading: HerpMWC.

Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences

Date Posted: 13 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Arkansas State University
Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Closing date: Review of applications will begin March 12, 2017

The Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in herpetology at the Assistant Professor level, commencing August 16, 2017.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching, research, and service of the department which currently has 500 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. The successful candidate will develop an independent and externally funded research program involving herpetological conservation and physiology or immunology, with experience/interest in managing herpetological collections.

Qualifications:

  • Skilled at teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level in areas of herpetology, histology, and immunology is a plus.
  • Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required
  • Post-doctoral research is preferred.

To Apply:

Candidates should include with their application a curriculum vitae, cover letter, statement of research and teaching interests, and the names and contact information (addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) of three references. To apply visit the Arkansas State employment website (and search for Position F00092).

Review of applications will begin March 12, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Requests for further information should be directed to Dr. Tanja McKay, Search Committee Chair, at tmckay [at] astate [dot] edu.

Arkansas State University does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, national origin, religion, marital status, veteran status, genetic information or disability in any of its practices, policies or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, employment, admissions, educational services, programs or activities which it operates or financial aid.

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