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Research Hatchery Manager/Experimentalist

Date Posted: 6 Apr 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Oregon Statue University
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Closing date: 26 April 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University (OSU) is seeking a Manager/Experimentalist to oversee the rearing of all life stages of salmonids and other aquatic species, and oversee the hatchery facility. This position requires strong interpersonal skills with positive and constructive personnel management. The incumbent should understand the scientific methods concerning discovery and experimental research to participate in discussions on experimental design. If desired, this position also offers a potential for leadership in scientific endeavors, including publications and scientific presentations. This is a one year position with the possibility of a one year extension. The start date is May 15, 2017.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS degree in fisheries, physiology, aquaculture, natural resources, zoology or related field
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a track record of positive/constructive personnel management
  • Experience working with contractors, vendors, and suppliers from various organizations
  • Self-motivated, problem solver with good critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Ability to collaborate within and across disciplines
  • Ability to supervise a staff and student workers
  • Ability to prioritize multiple competing priorities and confer with project leaders
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with conducting research and with experimental design

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate education or equivalent practical experience with a background in fish ecology, behavior, genetics, physiology, or development (or some combination thereof), with an interest in the application of basic research to fisheries conservation and management
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide professional facility and support staff oversight
  • Preference given to applicants with knowledge of fisheries biology/management and prior experience working with salmonids; experience using Excel and/or Access worksheets for data entry, checking data, and generation of graphics; use of quantitative applications and statistical programming; sound understanding of juvenile salmonid life history patterns; project management skills
  • Programmatic development of research programs and enhancement of facilities.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity 

To Apply:

For full position announcement with required and preferred qualifications and application materials, go to Applications must be received by the closing date 04/26/2017.

OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ecology and Evolution

Date Posted: 3 Apr 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Murray State University
Location: Murray, Kentucky
Closing date: not provided

The Watershed Studies Institute and Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University is seeking a postdoctoral associate. The successful applicant will conduct research on life history evolution and population/community ecology, help mentor graduate and undergraduate research students, and teach one biology course per semester. Research will focus on the impacts of size structure and climate on polyphenism and resulting trophic cascades, using mesocosm experiments and analysis of long-term data sets.

This is a two-year position starting August 1, 2017. The salary is $47,500/year with benefits.

Murray is a highly-rated, vibrant public university with significant infrastructure and personnel dedicated to ecological research, including the Hancock Biological Station.


Ph.D. required and experience with experimental design is preferred.  

To Apply:

Email a letter of interest detailing research goals and experience, a curriculum vitae, several representative reprints, and email addresses of three references to Dr. Howard Whiteman (hwhiteman [at] murraystate [dot] edu).

The review of applications begins immediately, but new applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Murray State University is an equal education and employment opportunity, M/F/D, AA employer.

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.


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.


  • 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 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.  


  • 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

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