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Research Associate to Develop Sugar Kelp Breeding Program

University of Connecticut, USA


The University of Connecticut seeks applications for a part time (83%) Research Associate II. This position is in the lab of Professor Charles Yaris within the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and is part of a large ARPA-E grant to develop open-ocean grown sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima). Saccharina latissima is a cosmopolitan large multicellular brown alga or kelp. It is phylogenetically distant from both plants and animals, having diverged from green algae early in the evolution of eukaryotes. The project will explore the population structure of New England sugar kelp, its genome and take advantage of its biphasic life cycle to select for desirable traits by Mendelian genetic techniques as well as using innovative genomic selection methodologies.

In research for this project, the Research Associate will collaborate with scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Northeast Fisheries Science Aquaculture Labs, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA), Cornell University’s Plant Breeding Labs, Incheon National University, University of Alaska and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. This positon will be responsible for the overall kelp-breeding program in association with PI and a post-doctoral associate and will communicate and write reports. This position will oversee the isolation and maintenance of the kelp cultures at UConn from populations throughout New England; and work with colleagues at Cornell University in the implementation and design of the breeding program at two farm sites in southern New England.  Additional duties include collecting all breeding data, running ecophysiological and genetic analyses, maintaining the kelp cultures in the laboratory with post-doctoral associate, working with Cornell scientists to identify a reference population, and estimating important population genetic parameters of the New England sugar kelp.

Anticipated Division of Time:

·       Isolation and maintenance of kelp cultures for experimental and breeding program design and data analysis: 60%

·       Communication and coordination with collaborators: 20%

·       Preparation of quarterly reports to ARPA-E: 10%

·       Training of lab members and collaborators in kelp algal cultivation, ecophysiology and population genetics: 10%

Minimum Qualifications:

1.     An earned Ph.D. in Botany, Biology, or a closely related field.

2.     Expertise in marine phycology with experience or interest in the isolation, cultivation, and ecophysiology of macroalgae, especially kelp.

3.     3-5 years postdoctoral experience.

Appointment Terms:

This is a part time (83%), annually renewable position with an expected duration of three years contingent upon funding and performance.  The anticipated start date is January 1, 2018

To Apply

Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to Indicate search number 2018277.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 12, 2017.

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Posted: December 4, 2017

Postdoc in Microbiology/Molecular Biology/Analytical Chemistry

University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Two postdoctoral positions in microbiology/molecular biology/analytical chemistry at the University of Gothenburg

The first position is part of a project examining the role of microbial populations in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), in anaerobic digesters and in hydroponics (HYP) units with the goal of better understanding conditions that will maximise beneficial transfers of microbes and their products among components of decoupled aquaponics systems. A second candidate will work on bacterial relationships in biofloc within Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS).

These positions require excellent English proficiency but do not require EU or Swedish residency as they are open to all international applicants.

The positions are based in Gothenburg Sweden, but successful candidates must be willing to travel frequently and for extended periods within Europe and overseas as the project will run for two years in conjunction with four collaborating international laboratories. Salaries are €41,000 with excellent benefits including health coverage, paid vacation and considerable international travel.

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Posted: November 9, 2017

Research Faculty: Marine/Coastal Scientist

Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, St. Teresa, FL, USA

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) invites applications for a RESEARCH FACULTY position in Marine/Coastal Science (12-month renewable appointment). We seek a highly motivated scientist with notable research achievements aligned with FSUCML’s mission to conduct pioneering, interdisciplinary research on coastal and marine ecosystems, to mentor the next generation of problem solvers, and to leverage scientific outcomes and expertise through engagement with stakeholders to optimize marine management and conservation. The FSUCML is embedded in an area of rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity with an abundance of complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including tidal salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard- bottom reefs dominated by soft coral and sponge communities. It is expected that the successful candidate will focus on processes related to these local habitats and environments.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. with significant postdoctoral experience. The successful applicant will be expected to make a commitment to excellence in scholarship, student mentoring and outreach and to develop a well-funded, independent research program. Salary will be provided at 100% for the first two years and 75% from the 3rd year forward, with the expectation that the remaining 25% of salary will be met through external funding. A competitive start-up package will be offered.

Application Content: Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a two-page narrative describing their research interests and plans, a brief graduate student mentoring statement, and the contact information for three references. Applicants are encouraged to present their research in a way that is complementary to and can form a basis for integrative collaboration with faculty at the FSUCML and on the FSU main campus.

Applications must be sent electronically to Tianna Forbes: Review of applications will begin on December 18, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Sophie McCoy:

Florida State University is committed to the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, and to sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer. FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

Posted: November 9, 2017

Part-Time lecturer position available for Spring 2018

California State University. Long Beach, California

Biology 425 Phycology (4 units- Lecture and Laboratory):

Taxonomy, phylogeny and physiology of algae, including the physiological ecology of marine macroalgae; emphasis on local marine forms.

Lecture T & TH 8-9:15 AM   Laboratory Th 9:30- 11:45 AM

Technical support for the laboratory is available.


Posted: September 21, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA


The Alverson Lab at the University of Arkansas is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Fellow to work on the evolutionary genomics of marine–freshwater transitions in diatoms. The project combines genomics and experimental transcriptomics to address basic questions about the rate and mode of adaptation of marine diatoms to freshwater habitats. The researcher will also be encouraged to develop and pursue his or her own questions in this area. 


More information, with instructions on how to apply, is available here: 

Posted: September 21, 2017

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