Postdoctoral Fellow Fish Health

Location
Harbor Branch (HBOI)
Posted
Jul 07, 2019
Position Type
Postdoc
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job location: Harbor Branch (HBOI)


Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-09-13
Req: REQ06705
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Position Summary:

Florida Atlantic University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow Fish Health, Fort Pierce, FL.This position is located at FAU's Harbor Branch campus in Fort Pierce, Florida.
 

Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (FAU-HBOI) is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Fish Health to be stationed at FAU-HBOI’s Campus in Fort Pierce, FL, on the USDA-ARS Sponsored CRIS project “Establishing Seedstocks for the U.S. Marine Finfish Industry.” This research is conducted in support of ARS National Programs 106-Aquaculture. The incumbent is responsible for research designed to identify and mitigate factors leading to on-farm losses to disease, including identifying fish which are disease resistant, identify genes that control the immune response, analyze microbial genomes to understand pathogen variation, developing novel disease detection methods, and developing vaccines to prevent infection.

The incumbent is responsible for research designed to identify and mitigate factors leading to on-farm losses to disease, including identifying fish which are disease resistant, identify genes that control the immune response, analyze microbial genomes to understand pathogen variation, developing novel disease detection methods, and developing vaccines to prevent infection.

The overall goals of the incumbent’s research are to develop strategies that will lead to healthier, disease-resistant animals and to identify factors that control immune responses in warm water marine finfishes.

Specific objectives of this research are the following:

  • Evaluate disease resistance of selectively-bred, pedigreed fish populations under laboratory and farm conditions.
  • Develop new approaches to measure the immune status of warm water marine finfish.
  • Identify genes that control innate and acquired immune responses.
  • Determine complete genome sequences of major aquaculture pathogens.
  • Utilize knowledge of molecular variation and virulence to guide selective breeding efforts, novel detection methods, and integrate with vaccine development. Novel approaches and methodologies are required to accomplish this work including identification of relevant immunological methods for studying immunity, developing and validating immunological reagents and assays that include qPCR, flow cytometry, microbial genome sequence determination and analysis, and conducting on-farm field trials of select germplasm.

The research will accomplish the following:

  • Improve disease resistance of marine finfish broodstocks, and release germplasm to stakeholders.
  • Identify immune genes and pathways involved in innate and acquired immune responses of fish.
  • Develop and validate assays that measure immunological status.
  • Determine genome sequences of fish pathogens, and strain variants.
  • Develop novel methods for detection of disease organisms in culture systems.

The results are expected to increase understanding of the immunological response of warm water marine finfish species leading to new approaches to measure immune system activation and function. Definition of the genes that control immunity will contribute to knowledge of the fish genomes and will enhance our ability to select for healthier, disease resistant stocks for aquaculture. Improved disease monitoring, resistance and new vaccines will save millions of dollars for farmers by improving animal welfare and growth, and reducing mortality as well as the numbers of low-quality fish that have to be removed at harvest. Research results will be published in the appropriate scientific and technical literature to document and explain the significance of the knowledge developed. In this way, information is shared with the scientific community and the aquaculture industry. The success of the incumbent’s research program and associated unit project will lead to increased production efficiency benefiting commercial producers and consumers of U.S. aquaculture products.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in an aquaculture related fish health field such as fish pathology or immunology required at the time of application.

Ability to identify research needs, display ingenuity, and originality in the application of concepts and techniques from the major areas of emphasis to research studies as well as farming operations required.

Experience in molecular genetics related to disease and/or vaccine production in an aquaculture setting preferred.

Broad, general knowledge of aquaculture, fish disease, and selective breeding, thorough professional knowledge of comparative immunology, immunogenetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and microbial genomics preferred.

Salary:

$55,000

College or Department:

HBOI

Location:

Harbor Branch (HBOI)

Work Days and Hours:

N/A

Application Deadline:

2019-10-14-07:00

Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website (https://fau.edu/jobs) by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents.

The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two page statement of research, a list of at least three professional references and their contact information, who will be providing references and official transcripts scanned into an electronic format.

Recommendation letters should be submitted directly to Catherine Rossmell ([email protected]).

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application. If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into one attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.

Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to one's application as with other US-based transcripts.

Prior to appointment, the candidate must submit official, sealed transcripts from all institutions where graduate coursework was attempted, whether or not a degree was obtained, as well as an original NACES evaluation, if applicable. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University not to you as the student.

A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.

Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

This position is grant funded with an expiration date of funding on June 30, 2020.

This recruitment has been reopened; all previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply. This position may close without prior notice.

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