Ocean Career: Marine Fisheries eDNA Technician at Monmouth University

Monmouth University is seeking applications for a temporary Marine Fisheries/Environmental DNA Technician in the Biology department, which is part of the School of Science. This is a grant-funded position for up to six years (2021 – 2027) through a contract to Monmouth University for fisheries monitoring of the Ørsted Ocean Wind Offshore Wind Farm (off Atlantic City, NJ).

The incumbent will participate in offshore fisheries and eDNA sampling trips seasonally (up to 7 consecutive days per trip). The incumbent will be in charge of preparing for sampling trips, processing samples and data collected on each trip in a timely fashion, as well as debriefing project staff on research cruises. This opportunity will also involve participation in report/manuscript writing, presentations at national meetings, and outreach and education.

Job Duties

  • Work on an oceanographic vessel to collect eDNA water samples, fish samples and oceanographic data.
  • If at sea trawling occurs, assistant in Identifying and enumerate fish species collected by trawling.
  • Receive, organize, and analyze NexGen sequencing data.
  • Order supplies, complete purchase requisitions, and conduct invoicing as needed.
  • QA/QC of data.
  • Maintain and calibrate sampling and field equipment.
  • Filter, process, and ship eDNA samples.
  • Write and communicate results through reports, presentations, and publications.
  • Assist with outreach and education of marine ecology of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean.
  • Conduct lab/field experiments in support of eDNA analysis.
  • Attend and present at regional and national scientific meetings.
  • Coordinate sampling trips with partner institutions.
  • Prepare/pack for sampling trips.
  • Prepare brief cruise report/updates following each sampling trip.

Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related scientific field, specifically with a marine and/or estuarine sciences focus.
    • Experience with field oceanographic sampling techniques, laboratory analyses related to water quality and molecular biology, data analysis and organization/maintenance of large data sets, and reporting of scientific results.
    • Ability to work extended periods (up to 7 consecutive days) at sea under possible inclement conditions. Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly. Ability to organize and coordinate long-term ecological sampling and data collection program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree. Emphasis on combined field and laboratory research. Ability to operate small boats.
  • Experience/familiarity with molecular techniques including DNA extraction, building libraries for Illumina MiSeq-HISeq NexGen sequencing, and experience with R statistical programming including bioinformatics.
  • Experience and ability to generate peer-reviewed manuscripts and scientific presentations from collected data.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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