Duke University School of Medicine
The Z-Core has an opening for an Aquaculture Manager to be
part of a dedicated husbandry staff. Candidates should have at minimum a
Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline, with a Master’s degree preferred.
Ideal candidates will have at least 2-3
years of experience working with zebrafish or in a biomedical aquaculture
facility. An advanced understanding of aquaculture,
husbandry, and water chemistry is expected.
Work responsibilities include:
1.) Provide support
to Shared Resource Manager and researchers in the daily facility functions.
2.) Supervise and
train technicians and student helpers on required duties.
3.) Respond to
emergency situations (this may include responding at night or on weekends).
4.) Prepare stock
solutions and track inventory necessary for research procedures and fish care.
5.) Manage quarantine
room to ensure biosecurity measures are being exercised and fish strains are
transitioned properly into general holding.
logistics of importing and exporting fish shipments.
7.) Assist in
developing or revising standard operating procedures.
8.) Orient new
9.) Feed fish,
maintain cultures, and clean tanks as needed.
10.) Maintain facility
cleanliness in tandem with the facility staff.
requirements of quarterly sanitation testing.
12.) Record, review,
and/or adjust daily water parameters.
13.) Perform daily
health checks and work with veterinarians and staff to resolve any health
14.) Ensure facility
equipment is maintained, calibrated, and operating correctly.
15.) Monitor embryo
care, survival, and transfer of tanks on or off of nursery racks.
16.) Maintain common wild-type,
transgenic, and mutant fish stocks.
17.) Participate and
occasionally lead in bi-weekly staff meetings.
18.) Contribute ideas
on facility improvements regarding equipment, procedures, and techniques.
19.) Interact and
consult with facility users to ensure research goals are being met by the most
humane and ethical methods in accordance with approved protocols.
Other duties may be required as necessary. Training will be provided as needed. Occasional weekend and holiday work is
The Aquaculture Manager will be on his/her feet a majority
of the time and will periodically need to lift items up to 50lbs. Work will be performed in or around wet
conditions that require extra caution. Work
may result in occasional exposure to malodorous smells, chemicals, and fish and