This position will contribute to our ongoing population genetic research projects on marine and freshwater organisms. Responsibilities will include a combination of traditional population genetics work, population genetic modeling (in R metasim) for our ongoing stock enhancement, risk assessment work with spotted seatrout, and website design for our research programs. Modeling efforts will include coding, running model, and synthesizing results. Genetics work will include laboratory research (some field research), data collection and analysis, and data management. Job tasks will include literature review and synthesis, preparation of reports and presentations as well as authoring technical manuscripts. Some activities will include work on multi-disciplinary teams. Processes genetic samples, catalogues appropriate information, conducts standard laboratory protocols to isolate mitochondrial and nuclear DNA, amplifies fragments, determines fragment lengths and sequencing. Maintains strict quality control assurances for genetic data. Completes data analyses (parentage and standard population genetic structure), including implementation of new protocols as required. Contributes to the preparation of monthly reports, progress reports and publications. Conducts supply inventories and orders laboratory supplies when necessary. Plans and conducts field sampling for project fishes - including genetic kit processing, organization and implementation of genetic sampling.
Minimum: A master's degree in biology, chemistry or related technical ara field; or a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, wildlife management or related technical area and two (2) years of experience relevant to the job.
Preferred: Master's degree in biology preferred. Demonstrated ability to conduct population genetics research and risk assessment modeling including experimental design, data collection, model coding and implementation (R-metasim), and analyses and report preparation. Publication record and experience with microsatellites and automated sequencing systems preferred. Ability to work independently. Strong quantitative, organizational, computer, writing and interpersonal skills. Individuals should have demonstrated abilities to conduct population genetics research. Applicants should also have knowledge of marine and/or freshwater fishes of the southeastern US.
State Employees may be eligible for a variety of benefits associated with their employment. From a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, to generous annual and sick leave policies, to a solid and secure retirement system, the State of South Carolina offers a competitive benefits program for state employees.
Contact Dr. Tanya Darden with questions: DardenT@dnr.sc.gov