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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Shellfish Aquaculture
William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia
Date Posted 02/26/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Information

Present Position Number F0117V
Role Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Title Postdoctoral Research Associate - Shellfish Aquaculture
Position Summary

William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in shellfish aquaculture to work in the Shellfish Aquaculture Lab led by Dr. Bill Walton in the Department of Fisheries Science. VIMS has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policymakers, industry, and the public. The School of Marine Science at VIMS supports masters and doctoral programs within four academic departments: Aquatic Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Fisheries Science, and Physical Sciences. We are seeking candidates who share VIMS’ commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence.

The successful candidate will join researchers in the Shellfish Aquaculture Lab to develop and apply methods to understand how culture methods and farm management strategies in shellfish aquaculture affect yield product quality and ultimately profitability. The expectation will be that the candidate will focus on one of the species commercially raised in Virginia (e.g., oysters and clams) though the geographic scope may be (and ideally will be) broader.

Field data from experimental farms at VIMS and cooperating farms are expected to be leveraged in this research, with collaboration likely with advisory service personnel, agriculture economists and/or marketing experts. The work will be firmly grounded in questions relevant to the commercial shellfish aquaculture industry.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Develop research plan that addresses one or more of the topics of interest;
  • Develop conceptual approaches and sampling protocols;
  • Collect data from field and lab-based studies;
  • Analyze data and statistical modeling;
  • Prepare reports and manuscripts describe results;
  • Coordinate meetings with the research team;
  • Present results at scientific conferences;
  • Discuss results with management agencies and other interested groups such as the VIMS Shellfish Aquaculture Program Exchange.

The project will involve travel to meet with managers and to present at scientific conferences, as well as to accomplish field-based studies as necessary.

Required Qualifications
  • At the time of appointment, the successful applicant will have a PhD in fisheries science, marine science, agricultural economics or similar, with a research focus on shellfish aquaculture, ecology and/or restoration.
  • Experience leading others in the sampling and handling of shellfish in the field.
  • Experience processing shellfish in the laboratory for tissue samples, shell condition, or similar.
  • Strong quantitative and experimental design skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience analyzing willingness to pay by consumers for products.
  • Experience applying statistical models (e.g., GLMs) to data.
  • Experience developing and using spatially explicit models to describe aquatic species distributions.
  • Demonstrated computational abilities using R, MatLab, SAS or similar.
  • Strong communication, team building, and organizational skills.
Department 181100 Fisheries Science
Location VIMS - Gloucester
Job Open Date 02/24/2021
Review Begin Date 04/10/2021
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Category Instructional Faculty
Special Application Instructions

For full consideration please submit all application materials by the review date April 10, 2021.

Application materials should include:
1) a cover letter identifying availability for this position.
2) a 1-page statement describing relevant experiences and research interests.
3) a pdf of a peer-reviewed publication.
4) a full curriculum vitae
5) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Application materials should be addressed to: Dr. Ryan Carnegie, Search Committee Chair

Background Check Statement

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Benefits Summary Statement

FT, Quasi FT Positions: William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to:

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