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Lumpfish Welfare and Nutrition on Growing Farms: developing optimal nutritional requirements for juvenile lumpfish based on a survey of wild populations

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The University of Stirling is one of the UK’s most progressive research universities, with leading expertise in the fields of culture and society, health and wellbeing, the environment and people, enterprise and the economy, and sport. The School of Natural Sciences was formed in January 2011, bringing together the Institute of Aquaculture, Biological & Environmental Sciences, Psychology and Computing Science & Mathematics.

Fiskaaling is a Faroese aquaculture research company, which is partially funded by the Faroese government. Scientists working at Fiskaaling enjoy close connections with the scientific community on the Faroe Islands as well as local aquaculture companies, providing access to multidisciplinary collaboration and on-farm research. Fiskaaling has access to laboratories at the iNOVA research park as well as marine fish labs at Nesvík Marine Centre providing a wide range of research opportunities.

The PhD Studentship

This PhD will be delivered in three years and it incorporates sampling from wild populations as well as from farmed lumpfish. It requires a highly motivated student eager to work in both conditions and to spend long periods of time in Faroe Islands where most of the experimental work is going to be done.

The project will be supervised by the University of Stirling (IoA) and Fiskaaling in Faroe Islands. The student will be registered with the University of Stirling and based primarily at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling for a duration of 3 years.

All applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in biological, veterinary or agricultural science. A MSc degree in a relevant discipline is desirable. The successful candidate should have a good grounding in animal behaviour (preferably fish), physiology and nutrition and must be willing to work in the field as well as in the farm, office and laboratory environments.

To apply for this studentship contact Dr. Rey (University of Stirling) on email or Dr. Johanensen (Fiskaaling, Faroe) on email and send a cv and a cover letter.
The closing date for the return of applications is 28th of March

Further Particulars

Supervisory Team
Dr Rey-Planellas from the Behaviour and Welfare research group and Dr Betancor from the Nutrition research group will be the supervisors from the IoA. Dr Johanensen be the supervisor from Fiskaaling.

Person Specification

*Measured at Application: A
*Measured at Interview: I
Education / Qualifications: UK honours degree with 2.1 or higher (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g. biological sciences, veterinary, psychology): A
Skills / Abilities: An interest in working with fish. Ability/willingness to work with data, laboratory and on farm. Good at scientific communication: A / I
Experience: Practical work with animals. Carrying out, and communication of, a research project: A / I
Knowledge: Grounding in animal behaviour and psychology, enthusiasm for animal welfare science, understanding of teh food production industry: A / I
Other Requirements: Flexible, team worker, willingness to travel. Driving licence: A / I

Funding Notes

The stipend for this studentship is £14.777 per annum. The expected start date for this studentship is March 2019.
This studentship is funded to pay the tuition fees of UK nationals or EU nationals. Applications from individuals who do not meet this criteria will be considered if they can provide evidence that they can fund the difference between UK/EU Fees and International Fees.

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