Post-doctoral Position in Oyster Larval Physiology and Genomics

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is currently seeking a post-doctoral scholar to participate in grant funded research on oyster larval physiology and the evolution of larval feeding traits in the hatchery. Despite great advances in oyster larval production for aquaculture and population supplementation, high mortality at this stage still represents a constraint for the industry and many questions remain about the underlying physiology of larval feeding, particularly how it may change in response to hatchery conditions or domestication selection. A mix of lab and field experiments will be used to investigate the physiological responses of larvae to variable food conditions, employing a range of detailed physiological measurements (e.g. respiration rates, clearance rate, ingestion rate) and genomic approaches (RNAseq, RADseq). The overarching goal of this research is to identify important physiological and genetic mechanisms associated with larval growth and survival in both hatchery and wild settings.

The post-doc will be mentored by Dr. Louis Plough at UMCES Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland. Current funding is available for 1.5 years.

Required Qualifications: PhD degree in biology, ecology/evolution, marine science, fisheries, or related field with previous experience in larval culture or animal husbandry and application of  current genetic or molecular genetic approaches (e.g. genotyping, gene expression, genomics). Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated track record of lab or field-based work with shellfish or oysters, and expertise in genomics/bioinformatics.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and names of 3 references in one PDF to: (

To receive full consideration, apply by Monday November 21, 2017.

UMCES is an AA/EOE institution. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Horn Point Laboratory
Monday, November 13, 2017