Marine Biological Laboratory’s Marine Research Services oversees the collection and care of aquatic animals used in education and research at the MBL. This includes several marine facilities including the Marine Resources Center, a zebrafish culture Facility and a terrestrial Animal Care Facility. An immediate opening is available for a full-time Zebrafish Facility Supervisor, with experience in animal husbandry and aquaculture, to manage the operation of our small (6-rack) zebrafish culture facility and perform duties related to the handling and care of marine species as well as occasional laboratory mammals under the direction of the Director of Marine Research Services.
This is an animal husbandry and aquaculture position with a diverse range of duties across an array of freshwater and marine species.
A primary responsibility of this role is the seasonal operation of our laboratory zebrafish culture facility that is used to support spring/summer research activities. This entails the operation of zebrafish life support systems, daily water quality measurements, zebrafish husbandry and culture (embryo production) and food production. It requires scheduling, record keeping and interacting with visiting researchers and their representatives. The Zebrafish Facility Supervisor will train and manage a seasonal technical assistant and oversee the duties of the animal care technicians that provide rotating coverage to the zebrafish facility.
Additional duties include husbandry and aquaculture tasks in support of a wide array of marine species as part of our animal care team. This includes the design, preparation and maintenance of animal care and holding facilities as well as animal food preparation and feeding and the basic handling and care of marine specimens. Aquaculture duties include the rearing of marine microalgae and larval invertebrates as well as other marine invertebrates and fish. The Zebrafish Facility Supervisor will provide additional duties supporting our research mammal facility as needed
This position will generally require a 5-day work week that includes approximately one weekend/month. Additional coverage on some holidays and evenings on a rotating basis with other staff as needed is a requirement.
Candidates should have at minimum an associate’s degree in a scientific discipline, with a bachelor’s degree preferred. A general understanding of aquaculture, husbandry, and water chemistry is expected.
Experience with research culture of zebrafish is highly desirable. Troubleshooting mechanical problems and performing water quality tests. Assists in the training and direction of temporary staff and oversees the work of the animal care technicians providing coverage in the zebrafish facility. Works independently and effectively as a team member with other Marine Resource Department personnel. Reports to the Director of Marine Research Services.
The working environment for this position requires The physical requirements for this position include: Lifting 5 gallon buckets of seawater, approx. 45 lbs.; reaching to clean out tanks; and regular contact with seawater.
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