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Algal Culturist; Laboratory Researcher IV, Grade 3
October 28, 2013
Position Title: Algal Culturist; Laboratory Researcher IV, Grade 3
Summary: Under the guidance of a supervisor, provides technical support relative to the production of unicellular algae in a pilot scale aquaculture demonstration facility. Prepares basic growth media, solutions, and chemical preparations needed for the culture of microalgae as required. Responsible for maintenance of both parent and working stock algal cultures, sterilization of associated equipment, and the production and maintenance of small scale (test tubes, flasks, carboys) to large scale (kalwalls, tanks) quantities of unicellular algae to be used in an aquaculture research and production facility. Constructs, maintains and cleans a variety of culture vessels and associated equipment. Primary location of position is at the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center (NJ AIC) in North Cape May, NJ, but some interaction with and travel (~15 miles) to Rutgers Cape Shore Facility in Green Creek, NJ is likely to occur.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This position entails the production of microalgae for a pilot scale aquaculture demonstration facility for combined large-scale and experimental production of a variety of shellfish and fish. Must understand algal biology, basic bacteriology, and unicellular algal production techniques including stock culture maintenance and management, water quality management, disease/contamination monitoring, and sterile techniques. In addition, the position requires skill in maintaining algal inventory control and record keeping as well as all aspects of system operation and maintenance. The position requires limited mechanical skills related to plumbing and gas delivery systems, and the ability to learn and retain information regarding water chemistry and maintenance of water filtration and flowing water systems. Must have the ability to work independently, yet function as part of a team.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience. Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet operations. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Salary: Starting: $39,229. Includes full medical benefits, paid vacation/holidays, and retirement program.
Start Date: As soon as possible.
Application Procedure: Send cover letter and resume to:
Gregory A. DeBrosse
Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
6959 Miller Avenue
Port Norris, NJ 08349