Employment Opportunities

POSITION TITLE:
Research Scientist (Recirculating Aquaculture Specialist)

JOB SUMMARY:
OI is seeking a highly motivated Research Scientist (PhD) with extensive research experience with recirculating aquaculture (RAS) and/or biofloc systems. The position is focused on shrimp production using RAS; however, candidates with experience with other aquaculture species are encouraged to apply.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
This position requires a Ph.D in Biology, Aquaculture, Engineering or related disciplines which have prepared the candidate with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Excellent knowledge of water chemistry and proficiency with standard water quality measurement equipment/techniques is required. Experience in any of the following areas is desirable: shrimp biology, aquaculture economics, and statistics.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates with experience obtaining competitive research funds and a strong publication record are preferred. Good interpersonal and communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and projects, good judgment, motivated and reliable.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Design and manage experiments to further improve production levels, production efficiency, and economic viability of RAS for shrimp.
Oversee shrimp cultures in a variety of systems and at a variety of life stages.
Provide technical and management support for large shrimp selective breeding program.
Interface with other research and education programs.
Participate in education/training course development.
Handle complex tasks simultaneously and stick to time milestones and completion dates.
Oversight of technical staff.
Maintain laboratory documentation in accordance to required scientific, regulatory and intellectual property requirements.
Prepare scientific reports and presentations as required.
Continually develop skill sets for new technologies, methods etc.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Position requires both indoor and outdoor work and physical exertion to include sitting, walking, stooping, kneeling, bending, stretching, standing; manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; use of vision, pushing/pulling/lifting/carrying 5-25 pounds.

COMMUNICATION DEMANDS:
Communicating with co-workers, vendors and visitors; requires writing/composing written letters and reports; visiting/working at other sites; training/giving verbal and written instructions; communicating via the latest technologies.

MENTAL/EMOTIONAL DEMANDS:
Interact with others with courtesy and tact; manage and prioritize multiple projects in an organized and efficient manner to meet deadlines; complete projects on schedule; work under stressful conditions and respond to crisis situations in a calm and effective manner; maintain confidentiality; maintain regular and punctual work attendance.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK ENVIRONMENT:
General office environment with most work performed indoors at Oceanic Institute; traveling to neighbor islands, mainland, and international destinations required.

POSITION TITLE:
Research Scientist (Molecular Geneticist)

JOB SUMMARY:
Oceanic Institute (OI), an affiliate of Hawaii Pacific University, is a non-profit research organization dedicated to applied marine science and aquaculture. OI is seeking a highly motivated Research Scientist (PhD) with experience using molecular genetic tools to assist existing projects on marine shrimp genetic improvement and marine finfish aquaculture. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to develop a research program in his/her area(s) of interest. Qualified candidates with experience and research interests outside of aquaculture are encouraged to apply, including recent post-docs.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:
This position requires a Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Marine Biology or related disciplines which have prepared the candidate with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Proficiency with standard molecular techniques (DNA extraction, PCR, etc.) is required. Experience in any of the following areas is desirable: qPCR/gene expression, sequencing/fragment analysis, development of molecular markers, and bioinformatics.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates with experience obtaining competitive research funds and a strong publication record are preferred. Good interpersonal and communication skills; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and projects, good judgment, motivated and reliable.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Performs various bench-top molecular biology procedures such as PCR/rtPCR/qPCR, gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, bacterial culture and transfection, cloning, DNA isolation, DNA sequencing and in situ hybridization.
Perform experiments/analyses associated with development of molecular markers, genotyping, parentage assignment, and assessment of genetic diversity.
Investigate molecular mechanisms and genetic diversity associated with growth, reproduction, and disease resistance in aquatic organisms.
Interface with other research and education programs.
Participate in education/training course development.
Handle complex tasks simultaneously and stick to time milestones and completion dates.
Oversight of laboratory staff and equipment.
Maintain laboratory documentation in accordance to required scientific, regulatory and intellectual property requirements.
Prepare scientific reports and presentations as required.
Continually develop skill sets for new technologies, methods etc.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Position requires both indoor and outdoor work and physical exertion to include sitting, walking, stooping, kneeling, bending, stretching, standing; manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; use of vision, pushing/pulling/lifting/carrying 5-25 pounds.

COMMUNICATION DEMANDS:
Communicating with co-workers, vendors and visitors; requires writing/composing written letters and reports; visiting/working at other sites; training/giving verbal and written instructions; communicating via the latest technologies.

MENTAL/EMOTIONAL DEMANDS:
Interact with others with courtesy and tact; manage and prioritize multiple projects in an organized and efficient manner to meet deadlines; complete projects on schedule; work under stressful conditions and respond to crisis situations in a calm and effective manner; maintain confidentiality; maintain regular and punctual work attendance.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK ENVIRONMENT:
General office environment with most work performed indoors at Oceanic Institute; traveling to neighbor islands, mainland, and international destinations required.

Interested individuals should submit a CV and cover letter highlighting their education and relevant expertise.

Mail:
Oceanic Institute
Atten Human Resource
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Waimanalo, HI 96795

Email:
hr@oceanicinstitute.org

Oceanic Institute is an EEO employer M/F/D/V. If you require a reasonable accommodation for open positions, please contact Sharon Stillman at 259-3124 or via email.