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August 29, 2019 | Danielle Costantini


Frank Lopez, 919-515-3012,

North Carolina Sea Grant is looking for a coastal aquaculture specialist to be stationed in Morehead City at NC State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, or CMAST.

Requirements and other details are available in the online posting:

The opening comes as Chuck Weirich moves from North Carolina Sea Grant to join the aquaculture team at the National Sea Grant College Program, based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Weirich was a critical part of several statewide efforts including as a founding partner in the N.C. Shellfish Initiative with state and federal agencies, growers and community organizations.

“We will miss having Chuck on our N.C. team, but look forward to having his expertise in the national office,” notes Susan White, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant.

“Over the past four decades, our Sea Grant program has been a leader in finfish and shellfish aquaculture research at state and national levels, and provided key outreach to industries and consumers,” White says. “We expect to continue that role through this national search.”

The N.C. coastal aquaculture specialist will support the development, expansion and diversification of the state’s aquaculture industries, including shellfish, finfish and algal species. Projects will include education and outreach, technology transfer, and applied research activities.

All efforts will include working with marine and freshwater aquaculture stakeholders — and will consider existing, as well as new and emerging species, growing methods and techniques to meet consumer demands, explains Frank Lopez, North Carolina Sea Grant’s extension director.

The online application includes a resume, cover letter and contacts for three professional references, Lopez adds.

North Carolina Sea Grant conducts statewide research, extension, communications and education efforts regarding marine, coastal and watershed topics. Work often is with academic, agency and community/industry colleagues. A federal/state partnership, the program is administered through its headquarters at NC State University, with additional extension specialists at three coastal offices.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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