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University of Florida seeking biologist for their Tropical Aquaculture Lab

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 16, 2016 09:00 AM
University of Florida, in participation with Rising Tide Conservation, has made remarkable progress researching captive breeding of reef fish, including their recent success with blue tangs. UoF currently has a opening for a full-time staff scientist for their aquaculture lab.
University of Florida seeking biologist for their Tropical Aquaculture Lab

55 days post hatch!! Pacific Blue Tangs, from the UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory! Image courtesy of the UF IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory.

It is an exciting time for reef fish aquaculture.  A lot of major breakthroughs have been made by Rising Tide Conservation's collaborative effort including:

  • the captive breeding of yellow tangs at the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii
  • success with captive breeding of blue tangs at the University of Florida IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
  • successful aquaculture of potter's angelfish at the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii
  • and most recently, news of successful rearing of the Hawaiian cleaner wrasse!


If you're a biologist who wants to be part of the pioneering aquaculture research, the University of Florida may have the job for you.

The job description:

Assist in the planning, organization, and management of multiple research projects involving a wide range of aquaculture species and topics including live feed production, fish health management, larval rearing, broodstock management, water quality management, fish nutrition, pest management, and aquatic ecology.

Communicate and converse with lay people, students, and faculty regarding projects.   While this position will not have an extension or teaching assignment, it will require oral and written communication skills to convey research findings and observations to assist extension and research faculty in communicating research findings.

Maintain aquaculture facilities (i.e. tanks and ponds) and scientific equipment using mechanics, plumbing, carpentry, and other skills.

Collect and maintain data, and assist in the writing of reports at a level acceptable for inclusion in scientific journal articles.

Please note this position requires a doctorate in a related field, a master's degree in a related field  with one year related experience, or a bachelor's degree in biology with three years experience.  In other words, you actually need to know how to science!

Visit University of Florida's career website to view or apply for the position.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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