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Employment Opportunities at Oregon State University 

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Current Openings

No current openings.

Past Job Opportunities: 

Student Technical Assistant: Media and Communications Tech.

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) is seeking a Student Media and Communication Technician to join the MSI outreach and engagement team. This position supports MSI staff in creating and editing documents, fliers, and digital media including video production and editing. This individual will also provide website development assistance, participate in MSI events, and assist in overall office management such as directing visitors and responding to inquiries. The successful candidate reports directly to the MSI Administrative Assistant. The Media and Communication Technician will have opportunities to expand knowledge and skills to develop and produce media and communication products and gain valuable collaborative experience.

Applications due by Wednesday, October 4th. Learn more about this position HERE.

Student Technical Assistant: Media Tech and Office Support - Aquaculture and MSI

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) is seeking a Student Media Tech and Office Support Technician with interest in aquaculture and knowledge of environmental sciences, marine biology and/or fisheries and wildlife to work with the MSI Office. The Student Media Tech and Office Support Technician will aid in advancing the MSI Mission by raising awareness of marine programs at OSU and around the state as well as support current strategic planning efforts to assist greater collaboration among aquaculture programs at OSU. The successful candidate reports directly to the MSI Administrative Assistant. Position tasks include website development, digital media design, social media development and planning, background research, and student interviews. 

Applications due by Wednesday, October 4th. Learn more about this position HERE.

Position: Biological Sciences Research Technician 2 (Port Orford Field Station Operations Assistant)

This position is based at Oregon State University’s Port Orford Field Station and supports year-round station operations and field work. This position assists the Station Manager with all aspects of operations: laboratories, classroom, offices, housing, education, outreach, field work and SCUBA diving air fill station, with a focus on participant safety and risk management. Field work includes on-water and in-water activities aboard small, motorized vessels and paddle craft, as well as support for snorkel and SCUBA diving activities. Provides administrative support to the Station Manager to ensure appropriate record-keeping and maintenance of required documentation.

The person in this position will be expected to obtain and maintain the following certifications as a part of their position:

  • AAUS Scientific Diver Certification (must obtain within 12 months of the start date of the position)
  • Certification in Basic Life Support (must obtain within 3 months of the start date of the position)
  • Professional SCUBA Inspectors (PSI) Fill Station Operator certification (training provided)
These positions are part of OSU’s ongoing commitment to leadership in marine-related research, education, and outreach and engagement, including in support of the Marine Studies Initiative.

Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) are pleased to announce the availability of two, jointly supported, collaborative, OSU faculty positions to be based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. The successful candidates will work in collaboration with OSU and NOAA scientists to advance understanding of the role of the physical and biogeochemical ocean environment on the population dynamics, behavior, survival, and adaptation of managed and protected marine species in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem, with applicability to other systems and species. They will also support the NWFSC Estuarine and Ocean Ecology Program’s mission through direct involvement in research projects important to the NWFSC and increase collaboration between OSU and the NWFSC. The faculty members will participate in teaching, and student and postdoc mentorship in support of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative. 

Ecosystem Oceanographer

Position Filled 

Ecosystem Oceanographer is open at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank and will have an academic home in OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. The primary research focus for this position is in understanding how interactions between physical, biological, and chemical processes shape the response of the coastal marine ecosystems, and adaptations of marine organisms, from planktonic to mid- and higher trophic level species (e.g., forage fish and apex predators). This position will focus on developing and implementing state-of-the-art biogeochemical modeling tools for investigating these questions. The research will generate new mechanistic insights for how ocean change – such as deoxygenation, acidification, and marine heat waves – affect the distribution, population dynamics, and adaptive capacity of commercially, culturally, and ecologically important species. For further information about and to apply for this position see:

Ocean Ecologist

Position Filled 

Ocean Ecologist is open at the Assistant Professor rank and will have an academic home in OSU’s Department of Fish and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and will be affiliated with either the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station or the Marine Mammal Institute depending on expertise. The general aim for this position is to examine the trophic ecology among marine species with an emphasis on top-down controls in the northeast Pacific Ocean. The primary research interest for this position is in the mechanistic links between upper trophic-level predators and marine food webs with a focus on managed and protected species. The position could take advantage of novel technologies such as fisheries acoustics, biologging tags, and oceanographic data paired with spatial statistics, food web, or individual-based models to examine predator influence on trophic ecology. The qualified candidate could participate in projects such as NOAA’s salmon and ecosystem surveys, and animal telemetry efforts, aiding in both data collection and analysis. For further information about and to apply for this position see:

The successful candidates will hold tenure-track faculty positions at OSU and will occupy laboratory and office space in OSU’s new Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building in Newport, Oregon, and have access to NOAA facilities and research support. The faculty member will be expected to a) conduct and maintain nationally and internationally recognized research activities that are relevant to NOAA priorities, b) teach graduate and undergraduate courses commensurate with the teaching responsibilities, c) mentor undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs, and d) conduct service activities to the institution and profession.