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RAP opportunity at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration     NOAA

Marine Fish Reproductive and Growth Physiology


National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center

opportunity location
26.03.39.B7410 Seattle, WA 98115


name email phone
J. Adam Luckenbach 206.860.3463


The overarching goal of this research is to gain an understanding of mechanisms that regulate gonadal sex differentiation, reproduction, and growth in marine finfishes. Specific areas of emphasis include (1) characterizing sex differentiation through morphological and cutting-edge transcriptomic analyses, (2) developing novel approaches for sex control and induction of reproductive sterility in marine fishes to permit more environmentally-sound aquaculture, and (3) studying the actions of key endocrine factors related to reproduction and growth and those that link these physiological processes. Practical applications of this work include establishment of methods to improve reproductive and growth performance of aquacultured species and identification and validation of molecular biomarkers of reproduction and growth that may serve as tools to study fishes in both natural and captive environments.



Hayman ES, et al: Gene 764: 145093, 2021

Luckenbach JA, et al: Aquaculture 479: 285-296, 2017

Luckenbach JA, et al: Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 20: 256, 2009

key words
Reproduction; Sex determination; Gonadal differentiation; Maturation; Growth physiology; Aquaculture; Fish; Genomics; Molecular biology


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$71,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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