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Operations Manager

University of Louisiana Lafayette
La Fayette, Georgia, US
Closing date
Oct 30, 2021
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Position Title: Biology: Operations Manager

Department: 2710|Biology


The University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites applications for the position of Operations Manager for a collaborative project (LO-SPAT) focused on understanding the physiology, ecology, and environmental conditions of low salinity tolerance in oysters and developing more tolerant strains for restoration purposes. The LO-SPAT project is a state-funded endeavor that brings together academic collaborators from universities and private industry to advance our scientific understanding of low salinity tolerance in the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and apply that knowledge in the development of oysters through selective breeding that could be added to resilient populations. The project involves field, lab, and hatchery operations, numerous personnel ranging from technical staff to students and postdoctoral associates, and stakeholders at state agencies and in local communities.

The LO-SPAT Operations Manager is a unique and critical position that will be primarily responsible for leading activities in relation to building, operation, and maintenance of a low-salinity broodstock facility at the UL Lafayette Ecology Center. Primary responsibilities include: 1) Working with university and industry partners to build and maintain low salinity broodstock facility at the Ecology Center (50%); 2) Supporting collection, husbandry, and spawning of oyster broodstock (20%); 3) Supervising technical staff in maintaining and monitoring algal cultivation and seawater systems necessary for the broodstock facility (20%), and 4) Coordinating with partners, supporting project goals, and record-keeping and reporting of all relevant activities (10%).

This position will be based at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, but may require travel to other universities in LA and MD and to industry and state partners in LA and MS. The main work location will be at the UL Lafayette Ecology Center, a 50-acre facility located just 8 minutes from the main campus. This center has both indoor and outdoor facilities, including a 15,000 sq. ft. building with laboratory areas, research equipment including deionized water system and drying ovens, greenhouses, and some field vehicles. Overnight and/or weekend travel may be required.
The initial appointment is for one year with the opportunity to extend up to a total of 3 years with current funding (total of 5 years, pending project renewal). Support includes competitive salary and a benefits package including retirement and health care.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 19,000 students. A public, selective admissions university, UL Lafayette awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The University includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Within the Carnegie classification, the University is designated as a Research University with High Research Activity. UL Lafayette is dedicated to achieving excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, in research, and in public service. The University reaffirms its historic commitment to diversity and integration. Thus, through instruction, research, and service, the University promotes regional economic and cultural development, explores solutions to national and world issues, and advances its reputation among its peers.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law or common sense.


Excellent communication and organization skills, as the Operation Manager will be working closely with many LO-SPAT collaborators.
* B.Sc. or M.Sc. in a relevant scientific discipline, including but not limited to: environmental science and monitoring; oyster biology, ecology, or husbandry; coastal ecology or restoration with substantial experience working on fisheries-related projects. Working knowledge of flow-through seawater or animal holding systems is also relevant.
* Experience working as a part of a team, managing a collaborative center or field station, and supervising technical staff and/or students
* Experience or a willingness to learn procurement, human resources, facilities management, and other administrative processes essential to a large project's success
* Experience engaging with partners and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and with varied perspectives

In your application, please include a cover letter describing your experience and interest/qualifications for the position, CV or resume, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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