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Research Associate (Post Doc)

Location: Newport, OR
Company: Oregon State University
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Salary: 45,000-50,000
Closing Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Date Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017


PhD in genetics or related discipline - Experience in applying quantitative and/or molecular genetic techniques to determine responses of populations to environmental effects - Evidence of: • scholastic achievements in publications and scientific presentations • self-motivation and able to work independently • effective work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds - In accordance with the Department of Commerce Background Investigation policy, the incumbent must successfully obtain the appropriate security clearance within 90 days of the employment start date. Preferred (Special) Qualifications - Experience in quantitative genetics - Experience in animal or plant breeding programs - Experience in marine or freshwater biology - Experience in working with shellfish - Participation in grant writing - Experience in mentoring and outreach - Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity


Research Associate (Post Doc) holds a leadership role in a larger research team made up of researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) and the Agriculture Research Service-United States Department of Agriculture (USDA – ARS) involved in cooperative research to improve commercially important traits of farmed Pacific oysters on the US West Coast through the application of quantitative and molecular selection (MAS) methods. Specific objectives are to participate in the design, execution and data analysis of experiments to: 1) develop resistant stocks to new microvariant strains of oyster herpes virus (OsHV-1 µvar) that pose a threat to the US West Coast oyster industry, 2) develop stocks that are resilient to hypoxic, acidified seawater (OA), 3) develop high-yielding stocks as part of Oregon State University’s shellfish breeding program, the Molluscan Broodstock Program (MBP). Quantitative analysis of data will include application of mixed animal models e.g. AIREMLF90, ASReml. The incumbent is expected to engage in innovative research, produce scholarly publications and other products, as well as participate in outreach to the West Coast shellfish industry. The position is located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), Newport, OR. Position Duties 55% – Research - Collaborate in quantitative analyses of data and identification of genetic markers in projects designed to develop resistant stocks of Pacific oysters to OsHV-1 µvar and OA conditions as well as improve yields (survival and growth) and other desirable traits of MBP oyster stocks. - Use these genetic markers to provide a framework for investigating resistance to OA and OsHV-1 µvar, as well as continuing to improve traits of Pacific oysters of high value to West Coast shellfish farmers in the MBP program. 20% Presentations and Publications - Synthesize data and present research findings through oral presentations, technical reports, and publications in high impact, peer-reviewed scientific journals. 10% Grant Development - Develop and assist with writing grants on quantitative and molecular genetics for the Pacific oyster and other commercially valuable West Coast shellfish species. 5% Supervision - Plan, assign and approve work of faculty research assistants and graduate students in order to best meet research goals 5% Outreach to the West Coast oyster industry and general public. - Present results at meetings of the West Coast oyster industry, collaborate with industry partners in developing research goals, present results to interested members of the public through publications, presentations and other formats 5% Mentoring of graduate and fellow post doc students - Provide general support and collaboration towards scholarly advancement of graduate and post doc students of Oregon State University’s Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
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Other Contact Information: “To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 22, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.” When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A resume/CV; and 2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process. Please provide a sample of scientific writing you are most proud of that is relevant to the advertised position. Please upload sample as a pdf under “Optional Documents”. For additional information please contact: Michael Banks at

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