Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Laboratory Researcher III for the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) within the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University. This position provides day-to-day oversight of the Cape Shore facilities and grounds, with a primary focus on husbandry and spawning of Rutgers selectively bred broodstock. Direction is provided by the Faculty PI responsible for the Shellfish Genetics and Breeding Program and the HSRL Director. While the primary focus is shellfish breeding and development and maintenance of broodstock families, this position also includes facilitating additional uses of the facility for shellfish and ecological research and educational programs.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Responsible for supporting activities of the breeding program as well as a diverse and regularly changing set of research programs by visiting faculty, staff and students.
Responsible for achieving breeding program goals set by Faculty PIs and for maintaining all records relating to hatchery operations.
Supervises and coordinates the activities of the Cape Shore field and hatchery technicians.
Performs and is responsible for specific duties involving grant-funded research on shellfish or other projects associated with the facility, husbandry of shellfish produced in breeding programs, the maintenance of the associated facilities, and all permits required for operation.
Oversees accommodating and providing support to visiting faculty and students from within and outside Rutgers to use the facilities and surrounding site.
Participates in the proposal development and execution of funded research projects involving the Cape Shore.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a BS degree in biological or marine sciences, or related field: or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
A minimum of two years of experience in an aquaculture research or production facility and/or University research setting with focus on marine invertebrate culture.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Use of personal vehicle in order to travel for business demands; a valid driver's license would be required for this position.
Because of the collaborative nature and disparate locations of the Haskin research facilities, the employee will be expected to travel among facilities from time to time to accomplish various administrative, research, education, outreach and other program objectives.
Must be able to work independently and in teams, must be self-motivated and organized, and should have good time management skills
May be required to work flexible hours as needed
Must continually improve understanding of scientific and technical information relevant to the position through attendance at scientific meetings, participation in publications of relevant research, and active collaboration with peers in the field.
An MS degree or higher in a natural science, preferably in aquaculture, marine sciences or genetics is preferred.
Specific experience in a shellfish aquaculture research or production facility with experience in algal culture, larval culture and maintaining breeding stocks of shellfish is also preferred.
Personal computer; software (Word, Excel, database, statistical).
Plumbing, electrical, and general construction related to aquatic culture systems.
Seawater tanks, pumping systems, filtration systems, aeration systems and sterilization systems.
Microscopes, autoclaves, incubators and other basic laboratory equipment.
Trucks and off-road vehicles such as ATVs and trailers.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position includes work indoors and out, including during inclement weather.
Tolerance of mosquitos, biting flies and the like is periodically necessary.
Schedule may require long days and/or weekend and holiday work that is often dictated by tidal cycles and weather.
The applicant must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, complete repetitive tasks, sit and/or stand for extended periods, climb stairs and ladders, and cross various types of terrain (e.g., marshes, beaches and tidal flats).
Periodic work aboard boats and on docks.
Clean Driving Record
Posting Number: 19ST1665
Location: Off Campus
Internal Number: 86098
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