HBOI Postdoctoral Fellow Geneticist

Harbor Branch (HBOI)
Jul 16, 2019
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job location: Harbor Branch (HBOI)

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-09-13
Req: REQ06717
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Position Summary:

Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (FAU-HBOI) is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Geneticist 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. Research includes independent and collaborative studies aimed at developing broodstocks for warm water marine finfish species by determining the genetic and phenotypic parameters that define complex traits such as growth, disease resistance, and meat yield and quality using quantitative genetic and genome-enabled analyses. The breeding program is an essential resource for broad and complex studies aimed at understanding basic biological mechanisms affecting economically-important traits.  The research contributes information used in commercial and in-house selection programs and requires interaction with industry stakeholders to facilitate the development of genetically superior lines of marine fish.   

Incumbent will have a major role in a broodstock development program to characterize novel traits, select elite germplasm, and make germplasm available for scientific research, to private aquatic animal producers of food fish, and to state governmental workers involved in fish and wildlife enhancement.

Specific research objectives include:

  • Identify, characterize, and quantify genetic and phenotypic variation in complex, economically-important traits such as growth, disease resistance, meat yield and quality, and reproductive output.
  • Evaluate genetic and environmental determinants for correlated variables and related traits.
  • Develop and test innovative approaches for incorporating molecular-based information into breeding and selection schemes.
  • Enhancement of techniques for storage, retention, and distribution of genetically improved germplasm. 

Research methodology includes quantitative genetic analyses using BLUP-based animal models and bioinformatic analyses of high-density SNP array and transcriptome data. Research also involves basic physiology and biochemical assessment techniques and comparative genomics approaches to identify biological mechanisms affecting economically-important traits. Strong collaborative interactions with industry are maintained to rapidly transfer technologies and improved germplasm to commercial populations.

Results of research will be published in peer-reviewed journal articles that document and explain the significance of the knowledge developed in the course of the research. Published information will be shared with the scientific community and the warm water marine aquaculture production and processing industry. The research is expected to result in the development and application of techniques that expedite genetic improvement warm water marine aquaculture species for disease resistance, product yield and quality, and reproduction traits. Research results will contribute to the evaluation and retention of the germplasm available in these species for gene mapping resources and for future genetic improvement. Highly-characterized germplasm of known pedigree will be made available to scientific and industry partners. Disease resistant germplasm is expected to save millions of dollars for farmers by reductions in mortality, quantity of downgraded product, and antibiotic use. Faster growing and higher-yielding warm water marine fishes will decrease the grow-out period and improve feed conversion, thereby improving economic returns to producers and minimizing environmental impacts.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in an aquaculture related genetics field at the time of application required.

Thorough, professional knowledge of genetics is essential, specifically the statistical analyses of complex, quantitative traits and the utilization of these analyses to design selection and breeding programs for strain improvement.

Broad, general knowledge of the biology and culture of warm water marine fishes, and structure of the aquaculture industry and breeding programs therein is required.

Ability to define research problems, perform required background investigations, develop appropriate experimental and statistical designs, execute research plans, organize and evaluate results, and report findings is required.

Ability to identify research needs and display ingenuity and originality in the application of concepts and techniques from the major areas of emphasis to research studies is required.



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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 ( by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents.

This position is funded with recurring grant funds with an expiration date on June 30, 2020. Renewal of funding is anticipated; however, not guaranteed.

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, and copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format and a list of at least three professional references, and their contact information, who will be providing reference letters.

Recommendation letters should be submitted directly Catherine Rossmell ([email protected]).The subject of the email should clearly state the name of the candidate and the position.

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 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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