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Call launched for funded Thai shrimp PhD placement

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
14 February 2018, at 7:30am

Applications for fully-funded PhD opportunity in shrimp health, split between placements in Scotland and Thailand, are currently being invited.

The post is suitable for a Thai speaking post-grad, whose time would be split between the Institute of Aquaculture, Scotland and Fish Vet Group Asia, Thailand. It is part of a consortium bid which includes Walmart-IDH project funds to investigate factors linked to shrimp health.

Current and emergent diseases are a major problem for the farmed shrimp sector throughout the tropical world. Preventive strategies are urgently required to target control measures to reduce risk, chemotherapeutant use and economic loss. This PhD will support development of disease diagnostic capacity at the level of shrimp farming producer organisations in Thailand. An epidemiological approach will be taken for data analysis to support surveillance and early warning systems of value to farmers and their supportive institutions.

The PhD will require a combination of skills in field research, statistical data analysis and communication as well as awareness of contemporary disease issues. The successful candidate will be based predominantly in Thailand, with regular working visits to the UK, requiring Thai language skills as well as proficiency in written and spoken English. Local supervision will be provided through local partners working on the wider project of which the PhD forms part. The outcomes of this research are expected to me of immediate practical and policy use in other shrimp producing countries.

Application process

Candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class BSc or MSc in a relevant subject. It is not expected that candidates will have experience in all techniques, but they will need to demonstrate the aptitude and commitment to be trained and to work in both academic and farm-based environments.

To apply, send a covering letter and up-to-date CV to aquaculture@stir.ac.uk by 28 February 2018. Candidates will then be selected and interviewed as requested. The PhD will start no later than March 2018.

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