The Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) of the University of Maine conducts respected, relevant and responsive research targeted at improving efficiency, profitability and sustainability of existing and emerging aquaculture in Maine and the USA. The ARI currently has members in several departments and schools at the University of Maine including five core funded professional staff, three core funded aquaculture faculty, and over 40 cooperating faculty. ARI is one of 13 research units at the University of Maine that report to the Vice President of Research. Our research is focused on one of the seven targeted technology areas (aquaculture and marine technology) outlined in the 2010 Maine Science and Technology Action Plan and qualifies us for funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF). MEIF was established to administer investments in targeted research and development and product innovation and to provide the basic investment necessary to obtain matching funds and competitive grants from private and federal sources.
NEW POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN AQUACULTURE
3 TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS
1 ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST POSITION
Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine was recently awarded a $20 million National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to establish a Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) program in Maine. SEANET will mobilize the collective capacity of Maine’s coastal science resources to establish SEANET, a research network focused on sustainable ecological aquaculture. SEANET will take a multi-institutional, transdisciplinary research approach to gain a comprehensive understanding of how sustainable ecological aquaculture can interact with coastal communities and ecosystems.
This multi-institutional, public-private partnership led by UMaine, in collaboration with the University of New England and other institutions in Maine, will use the state’s 3,500-mile coastline as a living laboratory to study physical oceanography, biophysical, biogeochemical, socioeconomic and policy interactions that have local, bioregional, national and global implications.
Position One: Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences
Department: School of Marine Sciences
This is a full-time (9 month/academic-year) tenure-track position in the Department of School of Marine Sciences. This faculty position will perform research, teaching and education in the general area of estuarine modeling. The School of Marine Sciences will serve as the academic tenure home (umaine.edu/marine/), with a joint affiliation in the Aquaculture Research Institute (umaine.edu/aquaculture/). Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Perform research, teaching and service in aquaculture-estuary interactions, with an emphasis on estuarine modeling. The position will be expected to develop data-driven research leading to numerical models of coastal water column and sedimentary processes that support multispecies aquaculture. The person will join the new Sustainability Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), an innovative program in sustainability science funded by a 5-year, $20 million NSF EPSCoR grant. MORE AT: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=21516&job=assistant-professor-of-marine-sciences
Position Two: Assistant Professor in Ocean and Marine Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering
This is a full-time (9 month/academic-year) tenure-track position in the Department of Mechanical or Civil and Environmental Engineering. Either the department of Mechanical or Civil and Environmental Engineering will serve as the academic tenure home (engineering.umaine.edu), with a research affiliation to the Aquaculture Research Institute (umaine.edu/aquaculture/). The proposed position is one of four new faculty hires funded by the new NSF EPSCoR research center, SEANET. The position will be supported by the College of Engineering beyond the initial term of the EPSCoR funding, assuming that the position contributes significantly to satisfying core teaching needs of the host department. MORE AT: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=21510&job=assistant-professor-in-ocean-and-marine-engineering
Position Three: Assistant Professor of Communication
Department: Communication & Journalism
This is a full-time (9 month/academic-year) tenure-track position in the Department Communication and Journalism. This faculty position will perform research, teaching and education in the general area of risk communication. The Department of Communication & Journalism will serve as the academic tenure home (cmj.umaine.edu/), with a joint affiliation in the Aquaculture Research Institute (umaine.edu/aquaculture/). Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Perform research, teaching and service in Risk Communication with an emphasis on science and policy in the context of Marine Aquaculture. The position will be expected to participate in collaborative research focused on the intersection of risk communication, aquaculture, and marine science and policy in the context of a large, interdisciplinary team. The person will join the new Sustainability Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET), an innovative program in sustainability science funded by a 5-year, $20 million NSF EPSCoR grant. MORE AT: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=21515&job=assistant-professor-of-communication
Position 4: Administrative Assistant
This position is focused on supporting the core team of faculty and research staff for an interdisciplinary research program. The employee performs difficult and complex secretarial and bookkeeping work involving some administrative responsibility in support of the Maine EPSCoR SEANET program based at the University of Maine’s Aquaculture Research Institute. Judgment and initiative are frequently exercised. Tasks are normally accomplished within well-defined procedures with frequent non-routine administrative work or project monitoring required. Frequent internal and external verbal and written communication is required.
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SAVE THE DATE!
Maine Aquaculture R&D Forum
Venue: Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland
Date: January 14th, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 5:45 (refreshments from 12:30)
Become part of the future and join us for the 1st annual Maine aquaculture R&D forum hosted by Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute. It will be held in conjunction with the Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition (NACE) on January 14th, 2015 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland.
This is an opportunity to explore innovative R&D opportunities to develop cutting edge solutions for Maine’s aquaculture industry needs. This is a unique opportunity for members of the industry and researchers to meet and exchange ideas. Even if you have not been involved in aquaculture research before, now is the time to join the movement to build Maine’s future!
Aquaculture and FutureFood 2050
Professor Mary Ellen Camire (ARI Cooperating Faculty, Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition in the School of Food & Agriculture at UMaine, and President of the Institute of Food Technologists) carried out 11 media interviews last week in New York, as part of the IFT’s “FutureFood 2050” project. FutureFood 2050 focused on seafood in August, and aquaculture was a hot topic!!! You can see the videos and related material at http://futurefood2050.com/interviews/future-of-fish/
Keep a lookout for Mary Ellen’s podcast with SeafoodSource on aquaculture too – coming soon!