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      Senior Scientist (Fish Genetics)

      Batu Maung, Penang, Malaysia


      Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food-production sector in the world, now providing almost half of the global fish supply. Increases in demand for fish indicate that aquaculture will need to continue to expand, particularly in Asia and Africa. To meet this growing demand, WorldFish uses its technical and scientific expertise to provide evidence-based development solutions that increase aquaculture productivity, while minimizing impacts on the environment. Development of improved and resilient fish breeds for Africa and Asia represents a key component in the WorldFish sustainable aquaculture program.

      Under the general direction of Research Program Leader, Sustainable Aquaculture, the Senior Scientist will provide leadership, conceive and conduct high quality research on fish genetics and manage fish genetic improvement programs aimed at improving their farm performance. The research will include the incorporation molecular tools and genomic selection, where suitable. S/he will work closely with other members of the genetics and sustainable aquaculture team to ensure the excellence of the projects.


      Manage and mentor WorldFish genetic team, provide support to build up team skills on technical matters.
      Develop new research areas and lead development of new research proposal.
      Contribute to the development of research partnership with Scientist from advance research institute and developing country.
      Novel fish breeds developed and disseminated through the successful design and implementation of high quality research on genetics related to improved aquaculture performance, with emphasis on tilapia, carp and catfish farming in Africa and Asia.
      Efficiently managed breeding programs genetic improvement programs for aquaculture species including genomic selection where appropriate.
      Strong inter-disciplinary research collaboration developed and maintained with other WorldFish scientists, particularly on research focusing on fish nutrition, health and husbandry, aquaculture technologies and social science (e.g. feeds/disease; impact studies).
      Productive partnerships with local and international research institutes and private sector, and provide technical advice to these as required.
      Productive science team focused on research solutions for sustainable growth of aquaculture in Africa and Asia.
      High quality experimental plans and journal articles on fish genetics research produced.
      Resources mobilized in support of WorldFish genetics research activities and communication products for end users of research.


      This job might be for you if you have these essential skills and qualifications:

      A PhD in Genetics / Animal Breeding or related discipline.
      Proven track record in designing and implementing research activities, with at least 5 years’ experience in leading research.
      Strong record of publications in a related field.
      Knowledge and experience of population/molecular genetics.
      Motivation for high quality science and delivery of applications/impact from research.
      Experience of supervising staff.
      Excellent proficiency of spoken and written English.

      Desired skills and qualifications:

      Knowledge and/or experience of working with the aquaculture industry.
      Knowledge and experience of working in developing countries in Africa and/or Asia.

      Deadline for applications

      30 April 2019

      Read all details HERE

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