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Research Associate


USDA-ARS and Oregon State University

Job Location

2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
United States

Job Description

Genomics; molecular biology Location: Newport, Oregon The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), fixed-term Research Associate position. The Research Associate will contribute to the objectives of the newly formed USDA-Agricultural Research Service Pacific Shellfish Research Unit and the project “Improving the Sustainability and Productivity of Shellfish Culture in Pacific Estuaries” This position is being created to advance the work under a Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (NACA) between the USDA-ARS and Oregon State University. The incumbent will work with the USDA-ARS Pacific Shellfish Research Unit and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES) with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of sex determination in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. Pacific oysters are one of the most important commercial oyster species in the world and important contributors to the U.S. Pacific coast economy. Knowing the sex of individual oysters at the time of spawn is critical for crossing of animals in breeding programs. While Pacific oysters are dioecious (females and males are separate individuals) they lack any secondary sex characteristics making the sexing of individuals a significant challenge. In addition, Pacific oysters show occasional hermaphroditism and multiple events of sex reversal during their lifespan. Understanding the mechanisms that underly sex determination and reversal in this species will help in developing tools for precise and early identification of the sex outcome during spawns. Goals for this project include elucidating molecular mechanisms of sex determination and identifying early markers that can be used to identify sex of maturing individuals. This position is located at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, OR. Funding is available for renewing the position for up to 3 or 4 years depending on performance.


Ph.D. in the biological sciences related to aquaculture, veterinary, molecular biology, genetics, or genomics Experience with: Molecular biology and bioinformatics Analyzing high throughput sequencing data Writing and publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers Demonstrated knowledge of basic statistic methods including experimental design, use of linear models and multivariate statistics Demonstrated leadership, collegial attitude and communication skills Ability to work independently and as part of a team

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