HBOI Postdoctoral Fellow Research Animal Nutritionist

Harbor Branch (HBOI)
Jul 18, 2019
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job location: Harbor Branch (HBOI)

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-09-13
Req: REQ06716
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Position Summary:

Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (FAU-HBOI) is recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Nutritionist 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 determining nutrient requirements and developing feeding strategies and diets for optimal growth, efficiency, and reproductive success of warm water marine fish larvae and juveniles. This will require investigating available sources of nutrients (essential amino acids and essential fatty acids) from traditional and novel sources, optimizing nutrient balance in feeds, assessing the effect of diet processing methods on fish performance, and testing improved feeds in commercial conditions.

Research of fish nutrition will be conducted to improve reliability and efficiency of seed stock production. New feed formulations and information pertaining to nutrient availability, including ingredients from non-traditional feedstuffs, will be incorporated. Dietary additives or feed formulations that may improve reproductive performance of broodstock and the growth, quality, and health of fry, fingerlings and food fish will be evaluated. Experimental improvement of optimum feeding strategies for the different phases of production, seed stock especially, will also be investigated.

Specific objectives include:

  • Develop improved larviculture methods for sustainable production of high-value warm water marine finfish.
  • Develop optimal methods for eliminating the requirement for live feeds technology for larviculture of Florida Pompano and Red Drum.
  • Determine nutrient requirements and develop feeding strategies and diets for optimal growth, efficiency, and reproductive success of warm water marine fish larvae and juveniles.

Research methodologies include techniques to:

  • Manufacture diets and evaluate the effects of ingredient or feed manipulation on nutritional value of diet.
  • Analyze chemical and biochemical components of feeds.
  • Measure digestibility, nutrient utilization and retention, and satiation feeding.
  • Develop unique feed ingredients by biological (i.e. enzymatic, chemical or fungal fermentation), chemical or mechanical modifications to improve nutrient profile and reduce or eliminate anti-nutritional factors.

The research is expected to determine nutrient requirements and develop feeding strategies and diets for optimal growth, efficiency, and reproductive success of warm water marine fish larvae and juveniles. Optimum feed production techniques that maximize the intake, consumption, and utilization of nutrients, and optimize growth and health in genetically improved fish strains are expected to be identified.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution in an aquaculture related aquaculture (fish) nutrition or aquaculture related fish physiology field at the time of application required.

Technical ability and application of knowledge of aquaculture, feed manufacturing, ingredients sourcing and preparation, and animal nutrition for interdisciplinary research required.

Comprehensive professional knowledge of fish nutrition and physiology, biochemistry, and chemical analyses required.



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Harbor Branch


Harbor Branch (HBOI)

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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.

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

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

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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