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Research Curator in Ichthyology II

Date Posted: 23 Aug 2014 (Show details)

Institution: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Closing date: 19 September 2014


The North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources invites applications for the position of Research Curator, Ichthyology. This position is located in Raleigh, North Carolina at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, an award-winning major institution with a prominent State-wide, national and international profile. This key position is in the Museum’s Research & Collections section and is located at the Museum’s Research Laboratory, approximately 15 minutes away from the downtown Raleigh Museum buildings.

The salary range is $42,667.00–$69,177.00 annually. 


  • Development of original scientific research programs in ichthyological systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields; research programs may have local, regional, and/or international focus and will include pursuit of external research funding, data generation and analyses, and publication/dissemination of results; some aspects of this research should, ideally, include collaborations with other agencies, universities, and/or citizen scientists.
  • Curatorial responsibilities for the Ichthyology Research Collection, including maintenance and growth of collection, migrating collections data to database format, specimen loan activities, and setting curatorial best-practice guidelines for collection.
  • Operational management and administration of the Ichthyology unit, a subdivision of the Research & Collections section; duties include supervision of laboratory with oversight of equipment, budgets, and personnel.
  • Participation in science communication initiatives, including participation in Museum educational programming, delivering public science-based presentations, interacting with Museum visitors, serving as a role model for students and citizen scientists, and creating programmatic themes that raise the science literacy of visitors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Compentencies

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.

A successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Considerable taxonomic/systematic knowledge in Ichthyology, in general, and of North Carolina and South Eastern United States fishes, specifically.
  • Experience applying principles and practices of research, with special expertise in at least one aspect of fish systematics (taxonomy, phylogenetics), genomics, ecology, and/or related fields.
  • A demonstrated mastery of materials, equipment, and techniques used in relevant research (laboratory based protocols and fieldwork) and specimen collection curatorial activities.
  • A demonstrated track record of effective and creative science communication to diverse audiences.
  • Experience in preparing grant proposals to fund biological research and/or administering budgets supporting research or collections-related activities.
  • Experience in publishing technical science papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Possession of a master's degree in biology, zoology, or a science curriculum related to area of expertise and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Education:

A Ph.D. in biology, zoology, or related science field.

To Apply:

Apply online at All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application. Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.

The closing date is 19 September 2014 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

Supplemental and Contact Information:

For additional information, please contact: Laura Oakley (919) 707-9809 or laura [dot] oakley [at] naturalsciences [dot] org.

The North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resource uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Postdoctoral Associate – Marine Animal Health

Date Posted: 7 Aug 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Stony Brook University
Location: Southampton, New York
Closing date: 23 September 2014

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) of Stony Brook University seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Associate position in marine animal health. This position is associated with SoMAS’s Marine Animal Disease Laboratory (MADL), whose mission is to provide diagnostic services and to conduct research on marine animal diseases and pathology, especially those important to New York’s marine fisheries and aquaculture industries. The incumbent will be expected to conduct diagnostics of marine organisms and participate in the development of an active research program that addresses basic and applied aspects of marine diseases, including biological bases of animal resistance to infectious diseases and various aspects of host-microbe interactions. The incumbent will also assist with the supervision and management of the lab.


Applicants should possess an advanced degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) and have extensive training in cell and/or molecular biology techniques.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working on shellfish. Experience with molecular detection techniques and functional genomic techniques preferred. Experience supervising graduate students and/or undergraduate students is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating creativity in aquatic animal health research (innovative research, development of diagnostic tools, etc.) as well as those demonstrating excellent writing skills and productivity.

This will be an initial one-year position with the possibility of extension based on continuous funding. The salary is $36K to $46K, commensurate with qualifications.

Applications due 5 pm EST 9/2/14, but will be accepted until the position is filled. Application forms, detailed procedures, and further information about this position, MADL and SoMAS can be found at (Ref. # WC-S-9097-14-07-S ).

Stony Brook University/SUNY is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Laboratory Fish Care Technician

Date Posted: 7 Aug 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of Tennessee
Location: Austin, Texas
Closing date: Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until August 15

The laboratory of Dr. Daniel Bolnick at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), seeks an organized and experienced individual to fill a job position as an animal care technician. The technician would join a friendly and diverse research lab studying the evolution of immunity to parasites. The technician would work at the UT Austin main campus, and be a part of one of the leading Evolution Ecology & Behavior departments in the U.S. The Bolnick lab's research focuses on evolutionary ecology of trait variation within populations, including variation in diet, courtship traits, and immune function.

The primary duties of the technician will be to care for a large laboratory population of fish, the threespine stickleback. The technician will be responsible for aquarium system maintenance, feeding animals, maintaining clean aquaria and animal care rooms, purchasing supplies, rearing fish food (copepods), maintaining animal care logs, and breeding fish. The technician will also be called upon to assist other lab members with experimental assays of fish resistance/tolerance to a tapeworm parasite. Additional responsiblities, as needed, may include assisting with specimen dissection, DNA extraction, and related laboratory analyses.

The key qualifications for this position are:

  • Prior experience with fish care and aquarium systems.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic and ability to collaborate with others
  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher, preferably in biology or a related field.

To apply, pleases send a pdf containing a cover letter, a CV, and names and contact information for two recommendation letter writers to Dr. Daniel Bolnick (danbolnick [at] austin [dot] utexas [dot] edu). Any previous experience with animal care, fish, or laboratory should be emphasized and explained in detail in the cover letter and letters of recommendation wherever possible. Questions may be directed to the same email address.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired, but we expect to make a decision no later than August 15.

The position is intended to be full time, but if required we could consider a half-time position. The employee would initially appointed for a period of 12 months at a starting salary of approximately $2,500 per month (depending on qualifications), plus benefits. The chosen applicant will ideally start work in August 2014, though later start dates might be negotiable. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Professor and Head, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Date Posted: 17 Jul 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of Tennessee
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Closing date: Review of applications will begin on Sept. 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is seeking a senior colleague for the position of Professor and Head. The new Head will guide the growth of the department and help us to build on existing strengths in mathematical biology, macroevolution, ecological genetics, behavior, and global change ecology. We seek a candidate with a strong record of excellence in research and teaching, a history of effective leadership, and a vision of how to foster the continued progression of the program into one of the top EEB departments in the nation. The successful candidate will be able to manage administrative duties while maintaining an active research program.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is a dynamic and collaborative group of 21 faculty and over 50 graduate students. Our department maintains a field station in the nearby Smoky Mountains, close ties to nearby Oak Ridge National Lab, and synergy with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. Knoxville is also an exciting town that has undergone a vibrant civic revitalization over the past several years, yet it remains one of the most affordable cities in the US and the region has been rated as one of the best in the country for eventual retirement. The University of Tennessee welcomes dual-career couples and pursues family-friendly policies. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability and enthusiasm to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The Head position is open to individuals who are qualified to be appointed at the full professor level with tenure at the University of Tennessee.

To apply, please send the following in a single pdf-formatted document to mander16 [at] utk [dot] edu:

  • Cover letter that includes a vision statement for the head’s leadership role in the intellectual growth of our department,
  • Statement of teaching philosophy/experience,
  • Statement of current and near future research interests,
  • Names and contact information for five referees,
  • CV. 

Review of applications will begin on Sept. 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Potential applicants may also contact Search Committee Chair Prof. Hanno H. Weitering (hanno [at] utk [dot] edu) or Prof. Susan E. Riechert (sriecher [at] utk [dot] edu) with questions; more information about our Department, including our current strategic plan, is available at

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Ph.D. or M.S. Assistantship in Fish Ecology

Date Posted: 8 Jul 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
Closing date: 24 August 2014

A graduate student (PhD or MS) assistantship available to participate in a study to evaluate fish utilization of spawning habitat in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. Specifically, in collaboration with local, state (Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality) and federal (USFWS, USGS) partners, the student will survey remnant reef habitat in inner Saginaw Bay. In addition, there may be opportunities to develop complementary studies, potentially including an integration of field studies, laboratory analyses, controlled experiments and/or quantitative modeling analyses.

The selected individual will enroll in Purdue University's Department of Forestry and Natural Resources ( in West Lafayette, Indiana.


Minimum qualifications include a BS (for MS position) or MS (for PhD position) in Biology, Ecology, Fisheries Science, or related field; GPA of 3.2 or greater; and above average GRE scores (at least 50th percentile for quantitative and verbal; at least 4.0 for analytical writing).


Assistantships include 12-month stipend, full tuition coverage, and insurance.

Start date:

January 2015 (although earlier start is possible)

How to Apply:

The positions will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please respond by 24-August-2014 and submit cover letter, CV, GRE scores (unofficial is fine), transcript (unofficial is fine), and names and contact numbers of three references to:

Tomas Hook
thook [at] purdue [dot] edu,

For more information please contact:

Tomas Hook
thook [at] purdue [dot] edu

Purdue University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer.

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