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Research Assistant: Shellfish Biology and Benthic Ecology

Downeast Institute Beals, ME



This position supports DEI’s Strategic Goals by assisting our scientists to provide leadership and credible scientific information to help harvesters, policy-makers, regulators and others involved in shellfisheries adapt to a changing marine environment. The Research Assistant supports the research needs of current, future and visiting scientists.

Description: The Research Assistant will work with DEI’s Director of Research and other PIs to support the advancement of hatchery and field research work plans.

Duties Include:
• Working with the Director of Research and other PIs to understand hatchery and field objectives, key
results, and tasks necessary to support each research work plan;
• Assisting with hatchery production trials and field experiments;
• Tracking and communicating progress to achieve objectives, key results and tasks related to the
research work plan to the PI and hatchery staff;
• Coordinating data collection needed for research experiments.
• Coordinating with hatchery staff to assign to research tasks; and,
• Providing data and other written results to Director of Research or other PIs.

Position Duration: All appointments are grant-funded and contingent on continued grant funding, which relies in large part on successfully achieving research outcomes.

Position Location: The Downeast Institute, 39 Wildflower Lane, Beals, Maine, and off-campus field sites as determined by research needs. The Downeast Institute serves as the Marine Science Field Station of the University of Maine at Machias.

Supervision: The Research Assistant reports to DEI’s Director of Research or other PIs as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The Research Assistant will share in the direction and supervision of summer interns working in the laboratory and field, and other assigned hatchery staff.

Work Timeframe: Workweek is a minimum of 40 hours and may include weekends. The workday is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm or as designated by the Director of Research or DEI Scientists/PIs for specific project needs.
Qualifications: A minimum of a B.S. in marine science, biology, environmental science, chemistry, or related fields required. MS is preferred or adequate related work experience. Computer proficiency and competency in a lab is required. Experience in marine animal husbandry is preferred. The flexibility to work occasionally during early mornings and evenings is expected. The ability to drive to and walk/work on mudflats is required.