eDNA and Marine Fishes Senior Scientist

Monmouth University
West Long Branch, New Jersey
Job Category
Full time Positions
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Monmouth University is seeking applications for a Environmental DNA / Marine Fisheries Senior Scientist in the Biology department, which is part of the School of Science. This is a grant-funded position for up to five years (2023 – 2027) through a contract to Monmouth University for fisheries monitoring related to offshore wind development off the New Jersey coast. The incumbent will work as part of a growing team within the Dunton and Adolf laboratories at Monmouth University working on eDNA and acoustic telemetry monitoring of various offshore wind development areas. The incumbent will coordinate and lead field/lab research related to assessing marine fish communities using eDNA across pre-during-post construction phases of an offshore wind farm. This includes collection of eDNA samples, hydrographic (CTD) data, as well as conducting field experiments related to the sampling. The incumbent will also lead laboratory processing of eDNA samples, including filtration, DNA extraction, and metabarcoding library construction, as well as analyses. Offshore fisheries and eDNA sampling trips will occur seasonally (quarterly) and the incumbent will be in charge of preparing for/leading/processing/helping to analyze samples from the eDNA component of these sampling trips. Sampling trips are coordinated with fish trawling trips (up to 7d duration at sea) conducted by a partner university, and the incumbent will be expected to contribute to fish sampling (e.g., sorting, measuring, weighing, tagging, fin clip sampling) on these trips. The incumbent will be expected to lead report/manuscript writing, presentations at national meetings, and contribute to outreach and education.
Minimum Qualifications: -MS in related scientific field with minimum 2-3 years experience working in a molecular laboratory setting, or PhD degree in related scientific field with relevant work experience -Demonstrated competency with molecular biological techniques including DNA extraction and PCR -Demonstrated ability to analyze and visualize data with R statistical programming language; -Ability to work extended periods (up to 7days) at sea on vessels up to 27m under possible inclement conditions -Ability to complete mandatory safety training for at-sea work associated with this position (e.g., STCW or equivalent) -Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly Preferred Additional Qualifications: -Areas of expertise should include estuarine and/or coastal ecology. (Two years’ experience preferred) -PhD degree in related field with experience in marine fisheries and eDNA -MS degree in related field with significant experience in lab / project management -Demonstrated ability to conduct field and laboratory experiments independently -Ability to organize and coordinate long-term, multi-institutional, ecological sampling and data collection program -Familiarity with metabarcoding library preparation and related techniques -Familiarity with Illumina next generation sequencing platforms -Experience with (or ability to learn) field oceanographic sampling techniques and data organization (e.g., CTD data); -Ability to operate small boats independently -Experience with reporting of scientific results in peer reviewed journals; A complete list of job duties is available at http://jobs.monmouth.edu. Special Instructions to Applicants: For full consideration, applicants should provide C.V. and cover letter expressing their interest and qualifications for this position, as well as contact information for 2-3 professional references and a short diversity statement. Instructions for the diversity statement can be found on the School of Science Equity and Diversity webpage, https://www.monmouth.edu/school-of-science/diversity-and-equity-commitment/ . Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. Interviews are anticipated in early February, 2023 with an anticipated start date as soon as possible because this an active, ongoing project.
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