Fish Health and Immunology Lab Support Specia

Fish Health and Immunology Lab Support Specia

Job category: Other

Job Type: Other

Manchester, Alaska

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At Saltwater Inc., we believe that high-quality data is vital to the health of our fisheries and oceans: our mission is to provide that data. We are a Women-Owned Small Business and are constantly seeking new team members who share our passion for innovation and environmental wellness. We are currently recruiting for a Fish Health and Immunology Lab Support Specialist to conduct research in the areas of aquaculture and aquatic animal health and disease and manage laboratory activities associated with a fish health and immunology laboratory for the Environmental Fisheries and Science Division of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). This will include assessment of the impact of diseases on both important cultured and wild fish and shellfish species.


Are you fascinated by the science behind aquatic animal health, are a strong team player, and have a knack for host immunology, molecular and microbiology, and how the environment interacts with pathogens and hosts to influence disease outbreaks? If so, this position may be for you. Work will be performed on-site at the Manchester Research Station, Port Orchard, WA. The contract has a one-year base period beginning April 1, and will have up to four (4) 12-month option periods.




  • TASK ONE – Laboratory management and organization
    1. Assist in set up, maintenance, and daily organization of a laboratory, and operate specific equipment (e.g. qPCR, PCR cyclers, biosafety hoods, incubators, centrifuges, etc.)
  • TASK TWO – Fish disease challenge and host immune response analysis
    1. Participate in disease challenge studies and determining and analyzing disease challenge studies of fish, which includes culturing pathogens of fish/shellfish, characterizing the pathogen using a variety of techniques (e.g. PCR/qPCR, ELISA, and eDNA techniques), assessing host immune response using molecular and standard assays, and properly storing frozen bacterial or viral stocks for later experiments.
  • TASK THREE – Determine the degree of phenotypic variation in host response
    1. Optimize methods for determining the degree of phenotypic variation in host responses to various pathogens and environmental influences.
  • TASK FOUR – Fish husbandry of both finfish and shellfish
    1. Work with the aquaculture team and periodically assist with husbandry for both finfish and shellfish as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university with a major directly related in a field of study as related to the requirements of specific task order outlined below with emphasis in fisheries.
  • Experience in working with pathogens that affect aquatic species.
  • Experience in fish husbandry practices of aquatic species, and knowledge of water quality issues and diseases that affect aquatic animal health.
  • Experience in applying microbiological and molecular techniques to research questions on fish health.
  • Five (5) years or more experience working in a laboratory setting.


Salary range is dependent upon experience.


Saltwater Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, parental status, veteran status, or disability status. We strive to create an inclusive workplace culture to attract the best talent and allow each member of our team to achieve their full potential and maximum productivity. Furthermore, Saltwater Inc. highly encourages qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to apply for positions for which they are qualified and to notify us if there are any needs for accommodation throughout the application process and/or upon hire.


Only qualified applicants with the requisite experience need to apply.


Saltwater’s mandatory employee COVID-19 policy requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination to safeguard the health of our employees and their families.


We will honor all requests for application confidentiality.

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