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Sea Grant position at Grand Isle Oyster hatchery - Grand Isle, LA

February 8, 2013


Position Announcement

  Economic Development Assistantship (Ph.D.)


Start date:  July 1, 2013; negotiable.


Locations:   Sea Grant Grand Isle Oyster Hatchery, Grand Isle, Louisiana; and,

                      Office of Sea Grant Development, LSU, Baton Rouge, La.


Stipend:       $25,000/year for up to 4 years + in-state travel mileage, tuition waiver & student insurance supplement.


Description: A graduate research assistantship is available to a qualified doctoral candidate to join the Sea Grant Oyster Hatchery team addressing the commercialization of triploid oyster production and the development of tetraploid oyster broodstock in Louisiana.


After initial application, the candidate must be accepted and enrolled into the LSU Graduate School and the School of Renewable Natural Resources prior to receiving the assistantship, remain in good academic standing, and make satisfactory progress toward a PhD degree, as determined by appropriate LSU faculty.   A 3.5 overall and semester GPA must be maintained.


Previous experience in oyster aquaculture is preferred, but not required.  The candidate will be responsible for their research program with an emphasis in economic development and assist in the operation and maintenance of oyster hatchery, nursery, and grow-out systems in Grand Isle during hatchery season (April-September). Specific responsibilities include:


  1. Assist research team with the development of tetraploid broodstock, commercialization of triploid oyster culture, training oyster farmers, and conducting enterprise budgets on new and existing oyster nursery and grow-out operations;
  2. Work weekends during hatchery season (typically April-September) as well as weekdays during the summer semester at the hatchery, as necessary;
  3. Maintain a personal vehicle in good working order to travel from Baton Rouge to Grand Isle & return when necessary (travel fund allotment); and,
  4. Help prepare interim and final project reports; and,
  5. Participate in educational activities, meetings, conferences.


Application: Interested applicants should initially submit via email a curriculum vita, including work experience & references, GRE scores and transcript copies to Dr. John Supan, Associate Research Professor, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, LSU ( by March 15, 2013.  Final selection will depend on academic acceptance and enrollment into the LSU Graduate School and the School of Renewable Natural Resources.


LSU is an equal opportunity/equal access employer

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