Job: Early life fish nutrition and physiology studies in aquaculture;
Job/Fellowship Reference: ARDITI-OOM-2019-001;
Main research field: Biological sciences;
Sub research field: n/a;
In the scope of the project OOM, we are looking for a PhD holder in the fields of Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Nutrition, with expertise on fish nutrition, particularly early life stages of fish. The successful candidate will join the aquaculture research group, an interdisciplinary team with the following research topics: aquaculture species diversification, multitrophic integrated aquaculture, physiological impact of environmental and behavioural variables.
The Oceanic Observatory of Madeira Project (M1420-01-0145-FEDER-000001-Observatório Oceânico da Madeira-OOM) aims to support and promote Science and Technological Research and improve performance of Madeira´s Marine Research, Development and Innovation Institutions.
• Planning, leading and performing scientific research activities in the areas of nutrition and environmental/husbandry conditions induced-stress and other physiological responses;
• Coordination of current research on environmental/husbandry conditions induced-stress and other physiological responses, namely on the follow up of lab work and data analysis;
• To have an active role in the dynamization of external collaborations in the specific scientific area;
• Training of researchers at master and doctoral levels;
• Management of research projects;
• Participation in dissemination activities of the research group;
• Publication of results from research activities above.
The ideal candidate will have a PhD. degree in the fields of Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Aquaculture, Nutrition, or other related field, with expertise on fish nutrition, particularly from early life stages of fish, have a good knowledge of English and demonstrate experience in the following areas:
• design and setting up of marine fish growth trials;
• testing nutritional or environmental/husbandry conditions of marine fish;
• in vivo nutrient flux studies, using tracer techniques, including those most currently in used in fish larvae;
• basic histology techniques and analysis;
• gene expression analysis (transcriptomics; RT-PCR);
• Peer-reviewed publication track record (relevant research fields above);
• Demonstrated ability to work independently;
• Fluent knowledge (spoken and written) of English language;
• Strong communication and collaboration skills;
• Experience and knowledge in data management and statistics;
• Animal experimentation certification.
Note: Applications will not be considered if candidates do not to meet Mandatory Requirements (in bold). Additional experience and/or training items listed will be valued and preferred.
The selected fellow will coordinate and assist in developing research activities of the aquaculture group and the work plan will include (but not exclusively):
• Perform literature search related with specific topics;
• Follow up the current scientific research activities in environmental changes and/or husbandry conditions induced-stress and other physiological responses;
• Design and perform trials testing the effect of diets and environmental stressors on different physiological responses;
• Data analyses and report, including leading the writing and publishing of scientific papers in indexed peer-reviewed journals;
• To participate in workshops, project meetings and other relevant and/or project related events;
• Production and writing of technical and scientific reports within the scope of the project.
Scientific guidance and workplace
The work will be coordinated by Carlos Andrade (PhD), at the Centro de Maricultura da Calheta, Madeira Island (Portugal).
12 months, eventually renewable until the end of the project.
ARDITI fellowship stipend for PhD holders (1509,80€) and regulations are determined by ARDITI (https://www.arditi.pt/index.php/biblioteca-on-line/outros-documentos/category/19-bolsas-de-investigacao).
The following evaluation criteria will be applied:
FS = QA + EP + IN
FS – Final Score
Sum of Qualifications, Experience and Interview scores (if applicable), to a maximum of 40 points
QA – Qualifications
• Maximum score of 10 points: PhD Degree in field of relevance (e.g. marine food webs, marine fisheries and aquaculture).
EP – Experience
• Maximum Score of 20 points as follows:
DESCRIPTION MAX. SCORE
• Background and proven experience record in marine fish larvae culture; 4 Points
• Testing nutritional or environmental/husbandry conditions of marine fish; 3 Points
• in vivo nutrient flux studies, using tracer techniques, including those most currently in used in fish larvae 4 Points
• Animal Experimentation Certification 3 Points
• Peer-reviewed publication track record; 2 Points
• Demonstrated ability to work independently; 1.5 Point
• Fluent knowledge (spoken and written) of the English language 1.5 Point
• Strong communication and collaboration skills. 1 Point
TOTAL: 20 Points
(note: Mandatory requirements in bold. Failure to meet such requirements are motif for exclusion. If there are no applications with mandatory requirements, the jury may decide to consider remaining applications).
IN – Interview
• Top three candidates may be invited for an interview (in person or remotely) if QA + EP scoring has a maximum difference of 2 points or lower. Maximum score of 10 points.
Carlos Andrade (PhD)
João Canning-Clode (PhD)
Sonia Gueron (PhD)
-Motivation Letter (emphasizing the candidate’s adequacy to each evaluation criteria)
Anouncement of the results
Application submissionan deadline
Vacant posts: 1
|Type of contract: Other|
|Job country: Portugal|
|Job city: Funchal|
|Job company/institute: ARDITI / Observatório Oceânico da Madeira|