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Assistant Marine Scientist – Fisheries Specialist

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Assistant Marine Scientist – Fisheries Specialist for the Aquaculture Innovation Center. This position reports to the HSRL Director in cooperation with faculty supporting the position with externally funded research and works at various locations within the HSRL complex in southern New Jersey. The position will provide leadership and support for the commercial and recreational fishing industries throughout New Jersey with a focus on the southern region of NJ. Responsibilities include education and outreach of research conducted at HSRL or in association with HSRL faculty staff and students.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Exists to coordinate, implement and conduct field research programs, including stock assessment surveys, net testing programs, dredge efficiency programs, etc., as well as liaising with wind energy developers and fishing companies on existing research.
Develops new field research programs with industry, federal or state sponsorship, in the field of fisheries science.
Establishes a framework for research and evaluation of projects related to fisheries extension, education and outreach.
Obtains funding by seeking out and approaching potential research sponsors/clients at federal, state and local levels.
Develops and promotes research products and capabilities for the HSRL and reinforces existing client/sponsor/collaborator relationships.
Develops research budgets, performing both quantitative and qualitative research, and data analysis.
Responsible for report and proposal writing and general administration of relevant programs for the department.
Serves as Principal Investigator (PI) or may assist a PI to develop original research plans, schedules, and protocols to ensure successful completion of assigned projects.
Implements appropriate methodologies while managing project teams conducting the research.
Writes technical reports, journal article submissions, and prepares conference presentations.
Completes work independently with broadly defined work objectives and limited review of overall results.
Performs professional work that requires specialized to general knowledge of one or more fields and a solid understanding, use, and application of concepts, theories, principles, practices, terminology, and applied bases of area of specialization.

  • Job Type: Staff
  • Organization: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Qualifications: Minimum Education and Experience A master’s degree in a relevant scientific field or discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and understanding of general research principles and practices around fisheries. A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in marine science, excellent communication skills, and computer literacy, including Microsoft office products, statistical analyses and the internet. Certifications/Licenses Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Effective public speaking and presentation skills for program delivery and communications to clientele are essential. Must be able to design and implement applied or evaluative research with measurable impacts on clientele and the profession and also assimilate and disperse timely research information (i.e., relevant to current issues). Supervisory or managerial experience as it relates to staff and volunteer management is necessary along with evidence of successfully training, mentoring, and evaluating staff, ensuring the requirements and objectives of program assessment, outreach, and evaluation. Ability to work cooperatively and communicate with staff and clientele is essential. Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends as needed and outdoors on water in adverse conditions when necessary, including the ability and willingness to work at sea for periods of time as necessary. Knowledge and experience in the field of fisheries is required in order to be fully conversant and garner respect from various stakeholders for whom this position will provide services and support. A working knowledge of fisheries statistics and modeling. Preferred Qualifications A doctorate in fisheries science or a related field with experience in multiple facets of fisheries including but not limited to research, stock assessment, policy and marketing is desired. A demonstrated ability to secure and manage external funding is desired along with evidence of publication and dissemination of findings. The ability to provide leadership and expertise to develop, implement, and evaluate applied and evaluative research appropriate to the needs of the clientele in commercial and recreational fisheries is highly desired along with the ability to coordinate implementation of programmatic efforts with local, regional and national agencies and partner institutions to develop outreach/education methods and materials. Equipment Utilized Employee should be knowledgeable of a diverse array of fishing gear and technologies. Should also be familiar with and able to use standard marine science laboratory equipment as well as basic field sampling equipment. Physical Demands and Work Environment Position demands will vary with programs, but will require work outdoors in inclement weather, aboard boats and around docks. The ability to assist another to lift and carry heavy objects weighing 40 lbs (e.g., a 5-gallon bucket of seawater, a heavy net, etc.) as is the ability to work from/aboard boats of varying sizes, use ladders and stairs. Long hours, weekend work, and work at sea will be periodically required along with the ability to have a flexible schedule that can accommodate such needs. In state and out of state travel will be required and there is some potential for international travel.
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  • Location: Newbrunswick, NJ
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Dave Busheck
Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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