Postdoctoral Research Associate in Applied Shellfish Genetics

Downeast Institute (DEI), is a growing, innovative nonprofit organization engaged in high quality scientific research for the advancement of Maine’s wild and cultured shellfisheries.  DEI also has a robust public education program and serves as the Marine Science Field Station for the nearby University of Maine at Machias.

We seek an individual to help develop and implement an integrated program in shellfish genetics and breeding at DEI’s Center for Shellfish Production and Research using both traditional and novel approaches that will serve Maine’s shellfish aquaculture industry. The program will include selective breeding, ploidy manipulation, and genomics. The overarching objectives of DEI’s program are to produce disease-resistant, fast-growing shellfish varieties with high meat quality. While DEI cultures nine bivalve species, those of immediate interest include soft-shell clams, eastern oysters, and blue mussels. The research will involve investigations focused on selection for cold tolerance (oysters), heat tolerance (blue mussels), and field survival (soft-shell clams). The geneticist will be part of an experienced team working on project and grant application development.

The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in Genetics, Marine Biology, or a related field, with a specialization in genetics and genomics. The candidate should have a thorough understanding of modern genetic and genomic technologies, such as genome or transcriptome sequencing and genotyping, and can utilize these technologies to conduct research in aquaculture breeding and population genetics. Proven experience in genetics breeding including but not limited to genomic selection, genome-wide association study, and strong proficiency in statistical analysis and bioinformatics, including experience with relevant software and programming languages (e.g., R, Python) are preferred. In addition, excellent communication and writing skills, and a passion and ability to lead and mentor graduate and undergraduate interns are important attributes we seek in the successful candidate.

The Downeast Institute is located in the coastal town of Beals in eastern Maine. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of the people of downeast and coastal Maine through marine research, marine science education, and innovations in wild and cultured fisheries. Our vision is that our groundbreaking work will generate new knowledge of the marine ecosystem for all who depend on it. More information can be found at

Funding (annual salary to $60,000 with benefits) is in place for one year, with a possible extension of two years. The position is based at Downeast Institute, 39 Wildflower Lane, Beals, Maine. Please send CV, cover letter, and the names/contact information of three references to Dr. Brian Beal at This position will remain open until filled.

Downeast Institute is an equal opportunity employer. 

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