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Cardiff, UK: Postdoc on fish biology, disease and bioinformatics PDF Tisk Email
A position is available for a Research Associate (Postdoc) to conduct
research on fish biology, disease and bioinformatics, in the topic:
Minimising the Impacts of Intensive Aquaculture in the face of Climate
Institutions Involved: Cardiff University, Swansea University and
Aberystwyth University Collaborators: Natural Resources Wales (NRW),
Cardiff Harbour Authority (CHA), Wye & Usk Foundation (WUF), Natural
Aptitude, Fishgen, Skillfish, Pontus Aqua, CIBIO
Worldwide demand for fish and shellfish has increased 9% annually over the
last few decades and is expected to reach c. 180 million tons by 2015,
most of which will have to come from farmed fish, as the majority of
wild fisheries are either stagnant or grossly over-exploited. However,
to achieve long-term sustainability and meet food security demands,
aquaculture needs to diversify and to step-up the domestication of
aquatic species, which will have to thrive on less food, less space,
and less water, all compounded by warmer temperatures and disease.
The AquaWales Research Cluster combines academic (Swansea, Cardiff
and Aberystwyth Universities) and non-academic participants, including
stakeholders and local government involved in policy and regulation,
and will target these challenges by capitalising on the diverse
and complementary expertise of the group (from behavioural ecology
to genomics, citizen-science and fisheries policy). We will use a
multidisciplinary approach to disentangle the basis of domestication and
the response to crowding (stress and parasite susceptibility), an aspect
often neglected in breeding programs, and to investigate the potential
effects of climate change on the risk of expansion and establishment
of non-native aquatic species associated with aquaculture and fisheries
using state-of-the-art methods. Specific aims include to:
1. bridge, for the first time, the behavioural, genetic and
   environmental (epigenetic) components of fish undergoing
2. disentangle the role of domestication in disease resistance in
   response to stress and temperature change, and
3. model pathways of introduction and dispersal of aquaculture-related
   invasive species (AIS) under different environmental conditions,
   combining state-of-the-art methods for early detection (environmental
   DNA) and citizen science.
The Research Associate will work in collaboration with a Research
Associate based at Swansea and 2 PhDs affiliated with this research
cluster; the Research Associate must also be prepared to work for short
periods of time in Swansea and/or Aberystwyth.
The main tasks of the Research Associate will be to work on the
relationship between domestication and disease resistance under
stressful conditions of crowding and disease in tilapia and salmon,
developing infection protocols, culture assay methods and performing
genomic/transcriptomic analyses.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in related subject area
or relevant industrial experience, experience in two of the following
fields, fish behaviour, epidemiology, genetics/genomics background or
experience programming in R/Python and proven ability to publish in
international journals.
This is a full-time position, fixed-term until 30 September 2018
Salary: �31,342 - �37,394 per annum (Grade 6). It is not anticipated
that an appointment will be made above 6.31, currently �32,277 per annum.
Closing data for application: Wednesday 21st January, 2015
Please use the following link to apply:
Cardiff University - Job details
Cardiff University - Job details
Job Details: Vacancy Number 2951BRResearch
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