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    Summary

    This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center, in Orono, ME.

    The incumbent identifies projects in Atlantic salmon or other emerging cold water fish species of industry as priority research, organizes collaborative efforts, plans and executes the research, and publishes and presents results from the research to all interested groups.

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    Responsibilities

    • Research objectives are directed at the development of applied solutions to pathogens, including sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) and addressing new and emerging diseases of industry concern. Experimental approaches will include.
    • Identification of groups, parentages, or families of fish resistant to diseases and/or responsive to vaccines or therapeutic treatment.
    • Demonstrate applied methods to manage or treat pathogens.
    • Molecular profiling of mucosal immune barriers and other immune-related tissues using transcriptomic platforms or other differential gene expression analyses to characterize genes or suites of genes altered by pathogenic insult or colonization.
    • Monitor levels of immune products and effector molecules such as antibodies, complement, and lysozyme and/or immune cell type, abundance, and localization patterns under conditions of disease or in differentially susceptible fish.
    • Development of innovative detection and treatment methods of bacterial and parasitic diseases.
    • Define the interrelationships between host physiology, nutrition, environmental parameters, and immunity in fish.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    15

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