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Opportunity at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Expanding Marine Finfish Aquaculture in the Mid-Atlantic and New England: Developing Capacity, Technologies, and Production Methodologies


National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.56.C0574 Highlands, NJ 07732


name email phone
Beth Anne Phelan 732-718-9089


The NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the James J. Howard Laboratory located in Highlands (Sandy Hook), New Jersey. A Ph.D. is required for this position. Applicants should have a background in 1) marine finfish aquaculture and hatchery operations, 2) marine science or fisheries science, and 3) fish physiology. Grant writing experience is desirable. The incumbent will be expected to perform travel and participate in scientific conferences.

The incumbent will play a significant role in the further development of finfish aquaculture research capacity at the Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory and integrate it within the Northeast and nationally (e.g. NOAA Office of Aquaculture, USDA Agricultural Research Service). The incumbent will ideally develop a research program which address priorities described below and is expected to work in a small team. We are looking for someone to help improve our current hatchery operations and to help identify target finfish aquaculture species. Marine species for research consideration may be local to the east coast or of global significance. Developing projects that work with regional industry collaborators and resource managers is highly desirable. Communication and outreach to stakeholders and the research community (seminars, workshops, traditional scientific outlets) will also be an important component of the work. Major objectives are to increase research capacity, develop or identify useful technologies and recommend best management practices that will support finfish aquaculture hatchery operations in Sandy Hook and promote environmentally safe, sustainable and efficient finfish aquaculture production.

Noji, T., D. Wieczorek, B. Phelan, Y. Liu, L. Milke, R. Mercaldo-Allen, J. Rose, L. Sassoubre, B. Nash. 2021. Applications of environmental DNA data in support of aquaculture, 47th Scientific Symposium of UJNR Aquarculture Panel. Bulletin of Japan Fisherise Research and Education Agency 50.

Stanley, J.A., P.E. Caiger, T.A. Mooney, B. Phelan, K. Shelledy, S. M. Van Parijs. 2020. Ontogenetic variation in the hearing sensitivity of black sea bass (Centropristis striata) and the implications of anthropogenic sound on behavior and communication. Journal of Experimental Biology 223:1-11.

Russo, D.J., Watanabe, W.O., Kinsey, S.T., Seaton, P.J. 2017. Effects of feeding frequency of lvie prey on larval growth, survival, resistance to hyposalinity stress, Na+/K+ ATPase activity, and fatty acid profiles in black sea bass, Centropristis striata. Aquaculture 470:56-67.

aquaculture; marine; finfish; Mid-Atlantic; New England; production; hatchery


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$56,000.00 $2,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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