Undergraduate Lab Technician
School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST)
Department of Fisheries Oceanography
Fairhaven, MA 02719
Supervisor: Kevin Stokesbury, PhD
20 hours per week during academic semester
40 hours per week during academic breaks and summer
The Marine Fisheries Field Research Group in the Department of Oceanography is looking for qualified undergraduate lab technicians for this upcoming Spring and Summer 2014 to assist in its annual sea scallop video survey. Video surveys are an accurate and precise method for scallop stock assessment and can provide long-term benefits to the fishery. Since 1999 SMAST and the commercial sea scallop industry have cooperatively video-surveyed sea scallop and sea star density distributions, benthic substrates and the presence of megabenthos along the continental shelf of the northwest Atlantic. We have examined >320,000 m2 of sea floor along 60,000 km2 of continental shelf.
Working cooperatively with the commercial scallop industry, we have tagged a total of 129,500 scallops to estimate spatially specific shell growth. We also examined the relationships between spatially specific shell growth and scallop density, size distribution, and benthic substrates relative to the area-specific video survey data. Tagging experiment analyses in all other locations are ongoing as shells are returned.
Work as part of the SMAST Scallop Research Lab on a variety of field, lab and office tasks including:
- Image analysis of SMAST sea scallop video survey data
- Participation in SMAST scallop and fish tagging programs
- Participation in SMAST sea scallop video survey
- 6-10 day trips on commercial fishing vessels up to 200 miles offshore
- Assist with lobster research program in Buzzards Bay
- Other lab needs and duties at supervisor’s discretion
- Basic background in Biology and experience identifying marine organisms
- Ability to work independently
- Organizational skills
- Ability to work in various environments, including extended time at sea
- Ability to lift 40 lbs
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Erin Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org, (508) 910-6372
Department of Fisheries Oceanography
We seek fisheries scientists with research interests in one or more of the following areas: fisheries stock assessment, fisheries stock identification, fisheries survey methodology (including acoustics, trawl surveys, and advanced technologies), survey design and statistical analyses, and ecosystem assessments and modeling of environmental factors influencing fish and shellfish populations with focus on but not limited to the Northwest Atlantic Ocean continental shelf. Interested applicants should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarly accomplishments, a capability to build a strong interdisciplinary research program with extramural support, and a commitment to service.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. relevant to one of the following research areas: fisheries oceanography, marine and estuarine sciences, marine ecology, population dynamics. Requirements also include postdoctoral or faculty experience, a corresponding publication and grant record, strong pedagogical skills, strong written and oral communications skills, and demonstrated ability to work in cooperative research.
To apply please submit application materials electronically to DFO-SMASTemail@example.com. Materials should include a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, and three names of references.
The review of applications will begin January 10, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.
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