BECA POSTDOC ACUICULTURA - MALAYSIA: Beca postdoctoral de acuicultura y genética en World Fish Center

Miércoles, 25 Junio, 2008
Post-Doc Aquaculture and Genetics - Genetic Resources Management and Enhancement.

The person appointed will be responsible for developing guidelines on risk assessment and management associated with the creation and dissemination of genetically improved aquatic animals, adapting and adopting world wide initiatives on conservation of farmed aquatic animal genetic diversity, developing or adapting mathematical models to predict risk under different circumstances, and providing technical support on risk assessment and conservation issues to partner countries. He or she will work with an experienced team of geneticists and aquaculturists in projects in Africa and Asia. Head quarters will be in Penang, but frequent travel to project sites will be required.

Post-Doc Aquaculture and Genetics - Genetic Resources Management and Enhancement

(Duty Station: Penang, Malaysia)

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and employ appropriate methodologies for surveying and assessment of within and between aquatic animal populations genetic diversity in relevant ecological systems,
  • Expand characterisation (e.g. using state of the art molecular tools) and evaluation of relevant aquatic animal species to facilitate their conservation and use,
  • Develop guidelines on risk assessment and management associated with the creation and dissemination of genetically improved aquatic animals,
  • Employ knowledge of basic principles in germplasm management to design and conduct research on conservation of diverse aquatic animal species in-situ and ex-situ,
  • Conduct genetic diversity and genetic erosion studies on cultured strains and threatened populations in order to understand the structure and dynamics of the diversity,
  • Develop sustainable management strategies for underutilised species of potential importance for food and aquaculture and for the preservation of their genetic resources,
  • Adapt and adopt CG-system wide initiatives on conservation of farmed aquatic animal genetic diversity,
  • Develop or adapt mathematical models to predict risk under different circumstances,
  • Perform statistical analysis of data from molecular genetics studies for the purpose of conservation genetics and the management of populations, using novel statistical approaches and software programs,
  • Publish research results in peer- reviewed journals, conference proceedings or other public media,Seek innovative approaches that may help to integrate reproductive and molecular genetic information in practical risk assessment, genetic conservation and breeding programs,
  • Handle requests from partner countries for genetically improved stock, including requests for GIFT from African countries, and provide guidelines on the utilisation and management of improved aquatic animal strains,
  • Develop proposals for new areas of research and for new species,
  • Train the project staff from partner countries in risk assessment, conservation genetics, quantitative genetics and statistical analysis.

Requirements:

  • Good background in risk assessment methodology, conservation genetics and quantitative genetics and statistics,
  • Practical experience in the design of sampling experiments for species and strain characterisation and management of genetic resources for conservation purposes,
  • Understanding about the requirements and conduct of genetic improvement programs,
  • Effective communication of research findings,
  • Ability to use a wide range of statistical and genetic packages,
  • Skills in the development or in the adaptation of mathematical models to risk assessment,
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team,
  • Strong career commitment and interest in working with developing countries,
  • PhD in risk assessment, conservation genetics, animal breeding and genetics, or a related field
  • Three years of research experiences,
  • Good record of publications in peer-reviewed journals,
  • Adaptability to harsh working conditions and different culture environments.