Research Fellow in Genomics of Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Company: The University of the South Pacific
  • Job Location: Suva - Fiji
  • Date: December 21, 2016 01:00
  • Employment Type: Any
  • Experience: Any
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Job summary

Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow in Genomics of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the School of Marine Studies at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji Islands. The School offers education and training in Marine Sciences at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, conducts research and offers consultancy in fisheries and aquaculture, maintains links and collaborations with partner institutions internationally and, jointly with the Institute of Marine Resources and the private sector in Fiji.

Job description

The Opportunity

This position will be a pivotal appointment for the development of the fisheries and aquaculture research hub of the School of Marine Studies. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent training and expertise in fisheries/aquaculture genomics to join our newly created research programme in integrative conservation and evolutionary genomics of natural renewable marine resources. The appointee will play an essential role in the running of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory and will assist in developing several research proposals that will be submitted over the next 3 years to different calls of Horizon 2020.

Job qualifications

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • An excellent and recently obtained PhD degree in Genomics of Fisheries and/or Aquaculture with at least 3 years of research experience and at least 5 indexed publications in the WoS or Scopus in Q1 journals;
  • Experience in at least 2, preferably 3 of the following topics is essential: Fisheries and/or Aquaculture Population Genomics, Association Mapping, Mixed Stock Analysis; Outlier Analyses; Selective Breeding; Pedigree Analyses and Genome based breeding strategies such as marker assisted selection, genome selection, genome editing and analysis of associations of phenotypes and genotypes for aquaculture purposes;
  • Experience in working with genotyping by sequencing (GBS) data such as RAD-Seq or DArT-Seq is essential;
  • An understanding of biological databases along with various bioinformatics tools, such as STRUCTURE, Arlequin, Genetix, Fstat, NeEstimator, BayeScan, and LOSITAN is required.
  • Excellent oral presentation and written communication skills.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Experience with analysing high throughput/high-dimensional ‘omics data from mostly non-model organisms;
  • Experience with the design, development, implementation and testing of bioinformatics pipelines for Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data, assembly and expression analysis of NGS and DNA microarray data;
  • A thorough knowledge of Linux/Unix and R scripting language (along with Perl/Python with be an advantage) and knowledge of Arc-GIS is also desirable;
  • A good knowledge of fisheries or aquaculture population genomics;
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to effectively articulate complex technical information to the clients is highly desirable;
  • Good organisational abilities;
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship building skills;
  • Experience in research projects in oceanic island environments;
  • Experience in grant proposal writing.

The position is available for a term of 3 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range:  Research Fellow FJ $66, 990 to FJ $88, 144 per annum

Enquiries: Professor Ciro Rico; tel.: (679) 32 32933; email:

How to Apply

Candidates are strongly encouraged to use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at   Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office; tel.: (679) 32 32072; email:  or Manual applications are no longer accepted.

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria, academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.