Postdoctoral Position in Fish Nutrition and Physiology. Closing Application Date: 8/12/2017.


One post-doctoral position is available to explore the effectiveness of using the tissues of a harvested invasive aquatic crustacean as a novel ingredient in feed for rearing freshwater salmonids in a hatchery setting. The post-doctoral fellow will play a leadership role in a project aiming to identify a locally-sourced substitute for fish meal for fish hatcheries, thus reducing pressure on declining marine fish species that are harvested for use as fish food, while also reducing the density of an invasive species from a natural habitat. Research will be carried out in collaboration with two industrial partners: Piscine Energetics Inc., in Kelowna BC, and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, working with their Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbottsford BC. The selected candidate will be spending at least 40% of their time on-site at the locations of these industrial partners. The project will examine the effectiveness of alternative feed formulations on the survival and growth of freshwater salmonids from the fry stage through to the adult stage. The primary duties of the postdoctoral fellow will include: (1) regular consultation with, and reporting to, team partners, (2) planning and carrying out fish nutrition and growth experiments, (3) analyzing the biochemical composition of fish food ingredients and of fish tissues, in particular the analysis of lipid profiles, total protein and digestible amino acids, and vitamins, and (4) analysis of data and publication of peer-reviewed articles.


Ph.D. in fish nutrition or a related field. Experience in fish rearing and experimentation. Expertise in some or all of the following analytical techniques: lipid profile analysis using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS); total protein analysis using near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy; profiles of digestible amino acids using gas chromatography; thiamin analysis by gas chromatography; carotenoid analysis using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) capillary electrophoresis. The following will also be considered assets: demonstrated ability to produce publications and conduct independent research; ability to take a leadership role within a small research team; student mentorship experience; strong interpersonal and communication skills.


Anticipated Start Date: 1 January 2018

This position is conditional on approved funding. If approved, the position will be jointly funded through NSERC Engage and Mitacs Accelerate grants, with a salary of $45,000 per year plus full university benefits: Medical Services Plan, Extended Medical Services Plan, Dental Plan Insurance, Grouplife Insurance, Accident Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability Benefits, and Pension Plan Enrolment. This is a one-year position that may be renewed for a second year according to the availability of funds and performance of the candidate.

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Closing Application Date:      8/12/2017

Applications will be reviewed commencing the closing application date and may continue until the position is filled.

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