Polyploid Specialist

Job description

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science invites qualified applicants to apply for the Polyploid Specialist position.

The Polyploid Specialist position will support the laboratory, field and hatchery operations concerning ABC’s polyploidy (tetraploid) oyster program at both the Gloucester Point and Kauffman hatcheries as well as field sites.

The Polyploid Specialist provides technical support in field deployment (nursery and grow out) specializing in care of tetraploid stocks, evaluates hatchery and field experiments concerning tetraploids, conducts sampling, flow cytometry processing, and compiles data from previous studies on tetraploids.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Processes oyster tissues on oyster groups to determine ploidy status.
  • Care and rearing of polyploidy (tetraploid) oysters in the field, conducts sampling, maintains accurate inventories and data collection for tetraploid breeding programs.
  • Provides support in field operations, maintenance of brood stock and families, and assists in annual spawns and larval rearing as necessary.
  • Provides assistance in the operation of the hatchery and related nursery procedures at the Gloucester Point facility as necessary.
  • Provides direct backup support to the KAC facility in the absence of the KAC Field Specialist during seasonal operations

Required Qualifications:

High School graduate and/or equivalent combination of education and experience in aquaculture.


  • Working knowledge of marine biology and systems and aquaculture, specifically with tetraploid breeding, grow out methods, nursery techniques and knowledge of bivalve hatchery/field operations.
  • Knowledge of genetic techniques to produce and manage polyploidy shellfish.
  • Working knowledge in a scientific laboratory environment, and sampling techniques, with the ability to collect, record and maintain data, conduct analysis and prepare reports.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a variety of routine software applications.
  • Strong interpersonal skills the ability to work well with others, and as a cohesive team player.
  • Effective problem solving skills with the ability to solve problems and use sound judgment when making recommendations or decisions that affect tetraploid production.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.


  • Previous experience in laboratory processes.
  • Previous experience in bivalve hatchery/field operations.
  • Experience in aquaculture grow out methods or related field experience with emphasis in field and grow out techniques.
  • Experience assisting with field deployment and working in the field to collect and analyze data.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience in marine science, aquaculture, or a related field.


  • Ability to collect, enter and maintain detailed data utilizing specialized software.
  • Knowledge and skills in spawn and larval rearing.
  • Knowledge and skills in algae growth and aquaculture husbandry.


  • Demonstrated experience with genetic techniques to produce and manage polyploidy shellfish is highly desirable.
  • Experience in flow cytometry and histological methods.
  • Experience in maintaining adequate inventory, database management and or experience in tracking and maintaining accurate data is desirable.

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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.




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Job No: Position # 00573V
Posted: 11/27/2018
Application Due: 12/11/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Up to $32,000, commensurate with experience.