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The Center for Aquaculture Technologies (CAT) is currently seeking to recruit a fish nutrition researcher who is “experienced, capable and passionate about the aquaculture nutrition sector”.

The role will involve conducting nutrition trials in state-of-the-art facilities, on a selection of species including salmonids, shrimp, tilapia and zebrafish

Based on Prince Edward Island, off the east coast of Canada, the aquaculture innovation and research company, is offering a full-time role to a candidate who must be customer focused and experienced in applied animal nutrition research.

The role will involve conducting trials to client-specific needs, in state-of-the-art facilities, on a selection of species including salmonids, shrimp, tilapia and zebrafish.

Candidates must have excellent writing skills, and experience in research trials using live fish of multiple species, in compliance with CAT’s quality assurance program and animal care guidelines. Priority will be given to candidates with experience in digestive and/or muscle histology.

According to CAT: “This is an exciting opportunity to have a big impact in a key area of growth for our business, servicing both internal requirements, and an external customer base. Candidates must be independent, creative thinkers with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Excellent communication skills along with problem-solving expertise are essential.”

While the company is not necessarily looking to recruit from within the aquaculture sector, they do require someone with a proven track record in animal nutrition, experience in writing scientific reports, publishing in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines, and have strong expertise in histological techniques.

They are looking for a pragmatic team player, who has a proven track record of delivery, is unafraid to get their hands dirty and is highly ambitious.


  • Participate in the development of the project rationale, including the use of literature and research databases to build project proposals and budget.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for communication of scientific results though the publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines, and presentation on abstracts at scientific meetings.
  • Conduct histological examination of fish tissues using microscopy and apply histological techniques (fixation, embedding, sectioning, staining and mounting).
  • Work both independently and as part of a team to achieve a research objective. The successful candidate may be responsible for supervision of interns and aquaculture technologists.
  • Manage research projects on nutrient digestibility, feed efficiency, growth performance with fresh/marine cold/warm water species.
  • Carry out data acquisition, analysis, interpretation and reporting/verification of results.
  • Show a strong work ethic with the ability to set objectives and deliver results in a timely manner.
  • Exhibit an ability to troubleshoot and propose creative solutions to technical problems encountered during the conduct of scientific research.
  • Prove themselves to be good team players with the ability to both supervise and respond well to supervision.

Desired skills/experience/competencies

  • A university degree in a subject such as aquaculture, animal nutrition, or animal biology. A masters or PhD is seen as an advantage, but is not essential.
  • Histology experience.
  • Experience working in a laboratory setting, including responsibility for documenting tasks.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, in compliance with facility standard operating procedures.
  • Research experience in a strictly controlled regulatory environment will be considered an asset.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and to perform routine tasks.
  • Demonstrable organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
  • Self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to think creatively and solve problems.
  • Fosters a positive work environment, congruent with the company values and philosophy.

Key qualification

  • Dedication to and passion for CAT’s core purpose: the transformative potential of aquaculture: to feed the world, support the environment, and sustain the planet.

Application details

  • CAT offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.
  • Closing date: May 31, 2021 or until the position is filled.
  • Please send CV/Resume and provide the contact information for three references to: with “Research Scientist in Fish Nutrition – Souris PEas the subject line.
  • Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.