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Developing a method for measurement of shrimp stress in aquaculture (PHDHLS2021004)

Health & Life Sciences

About the Project

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract Ph.D. candidates of outstanding ability and commitment to join its vibrant and growing programme of internationally excellent research. Successful applicants will benefit from our intellectually stimulating and inclusive research environment and from enhanced career development support and professional skills training.

Shrimp aquaculture is a global multi-billion pound industry and as part of their production, a variety of different physiological parameters have been developed for monitoring the response of shrimp to stress. However, most of this work has been conducted under laboratory conditions which is problematic both for interpreting existing literature on the stress response of shrimp and for generating a reliable measure of stress that could be used in aquaculture. Additionally, many of the techniques used in research laboratories (e.g. gene expression) are not practical for use as stress indicators on shrimp farms. The aim of this project will be to develop a method for quantifying shrimp stress (using physiological and behavioural endpoints) which will be of use in a commercial operation, in collaboration with Skretting, the global leader in feed production for aquaculture.

The closing date for this position is Friday 11th December 2020 with a potential online interview date of Friday 18th December. Candidates must be available to commence their studies on 1st February 2021.

Informal enquiries to Professor Kath Sloman () but applications can only be accepted through the UWS online system (

Funding Notes

The studentship offers an annual stipend of £15,285 per annum for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £4410). Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and the successful candidate selected based on their qualifications, suitability for the post and interview performance.

Studentships are open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

Successful applicants will be expected to contribute up to 6 hours/week to UWS’ academic related activities.

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