Position Title: Algal Culturist; Laboratory Researcher IV, Grade 3
Under the guidance of a supervisor, provides technical support relative
to the production of unicellular algae in a pilot scale aquaculture
demonstration facility. Prepares basic growth media, solutions, and chemical
preparations needed for the culture of microalgae as required. Responsible for
maintenance of both parent and working stock algal cultures, sterilization of
associated equipment, and the production and maintenance of small scale (test
tubes, flasks, carboys) to large scale (kalwalls, tanks) quantities of
unicellular algae to be used in an aquaculture research and production
facility. Constructs, maintains and cleans a variety of culture vessels and
associated equipment. Primary location of position is at the
New Jersey Aquaculture
(NJ AIC) in North Cape May, NJ, but some interaction with and travel (~15
miles) to Rutgers Cape Shore Facility in is likely
to occur. Green
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This position entails the production of microalgae for a pilot scale aquaculture demonstration facility for combined large-scale and experimental production of a variety of shellfish and fish. Must understand algal biology, basic bacteriology, and unicellular algal production techniques including stock culture maintenance and management, water quality management, disease/contamination monitoring, and sterile techniques. In addition, the position requires skill in maintaining algal inventory control and record keeping as well as all aspects of system operation and maintenance. The position requires limited mechanical skills related to plumbing and gas delivery systems, and the ability to learn and retain information regarding water chemistry and maintenance of water filtration and flowing water systems. Must have the ability to work independently, yet function as part of a team.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or relevant research experience. Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet operations. Must have a valid driver’s license.
Salary: Starting: $39,229. Includes full medical benefits, paid vacation/holidays, and retirement program.