Environmental DNA / Marine Fisheries Senior Scientist
Monmouth University is seeking applications for an Environmental
DNA / Marine Fisheries Senior Scientist in the Biology department,
which is part of the School of Science. This is a grant-funded
position for up to two years (2023 - 2025) through a contract with
Monmouth University for fisheries monitoring related to offshore
wind development off the New Jersey coast. The incumbent will work
as part of a growing team within the research labs of Dunton and
Adolf at Monmouth University, working on eDNA and acoustic
telemetry monitoring of various offshore wind development
The incumbent will coordinate and lead field/lab research related
to assessing marine fish communities using eDNA across
pre-during-post construction phases of an offshore wind farm. This
includes collection of eDNA samples, hydrographic (CTD) data, as
well as conducting field experiments related to the sampling. The
incumbent will also lead laboratory processing of eDNA samples,
including filtration, DNA extraction, and metabarcoding library
construction, as well as analyses. Offshore fisheries and eDNA
sampling trips will occur seasonally (quarterly), and the incumbent
will be in charge of preparing for/leading/processing/helping to
analyze samples from the eDNA component of these sampling trips.
Sampling trips are coordinated with fish trawling trips (up to 7d
duration at sea) conducted by a partner university, and the
incumbent will be expected to contribute to fish sampling (e.g.,
sorting, measuring, weighing, tagging, fin clip sampling) on these
trips. The incumbent will be expected to lead report/manuscript
writing, presentations at national meetings, and contribute to
outreach and education.
This is an in-person, on-campus, non-remote
A complete list of job duties is available at http://jobs.monmouth.edu
Required Degree, License or Certifications:
Required Skills or Software:
Must be able to utilize a variety of computer software programs in
order to successfully complete assigned tasks, Excellent
interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
Required Years of Experience:
- Master of Science in related scientific field or Ph.D. degree
in related scientific field with relevant work experience.
- A minimum of two (2) years experience working in a molecular
- Demonstrated competency with molecular biological techniques,
including DNA extraction and PCR.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and visualize data with R
statistical programming language.
- Ability to work extended periods (up to 7 days) at sea on
vessels up to 27m under possible inclement conditions.
- Ability to complete mandatory safety training for at-sea work
associated with this position (e.g., STCW or equivalent) within 180
days of registering for the training.
- Routinely lift up to 50 pounds.
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- Areas of expertise should include estuarine and/or coastal
ecology. (Two years’ experience preferred).
- Ph.D. degree in related field with experience in marine
fisheries and eDNA.
- MS degree in related field with significant experience in
- Demonstrated ability to conduct field and laboratory
- Ability to organize and coordinate long-term,
multi-institutional, ecological sampling and data collection
- Familiarity with metabarcoding library preparation and related
- Familiarity with Illumina next generation sequencing
- Experience with (or ability to learn) field oceanographic
sampling techniques and data organization (e.g., CTD data).
- Ability to operate small boats independently
- Experience with reporting of scientific results in
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