3 Years, Fixed-term, Whole-time / Part time Post
Applications are invited for a Research Fellow (RF) in the DAFM FIRM BIVALVE Project, led by Prof. Sarah Culloty. This is a collaborative project with partners at the Marine Institute and is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ce553-research/. The post will be full time (1 FTE) in the first two years and will be quarter time (0.25 FTE) in the third year.
The RF will be based at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), North Mall Campus, UCC, Cork, Ireland, and the Environmental Research Institute, Lee Road, Cork, Ireland. The project aligns with the institutes focus on sustainability and particularly the dual challenges of climate change and healthy environments. The candidate will work closely with partners in the Marine Institute and industry stakeholders.
The BIVALVE Project is focussing on how shellfish will provide a key component of a sustainable aquaculture and fisheries economy for Ireland. The project will adopt a multispecies approach on an all island basis with the following objectives:
(i) Investigate the current status of bivalve stocks and identify the key drivers of growth, reproduction, and diseases in this sector currently and into the future. This will be achieved by carrying out stakeholder surveys, a two-year baseline stock assessment, and developing models of growth.
(ii) Identify some of the drivers of bivalve health and growth such as site influence, environmental factors and climate drivers or inhibitors . This will be achieved by the development of models to determine the correlation of multiple variables (abiotic, biotic, anthropogenic) on bivalve health, growth, and survival.
(iii) Recommend, implement and monitor best practices for smart sustainable production of shellfish on an all island basis. This will be achieved with industry partners by identifying mitigation strategies to optimise survival to market size based on research outputs and stakeholder engagement .
(iv) Assess and promote the socio-economic and ecosystem services provided by bivalve aquaculture in Irish coastal environments This will be achieved by analysing all information available currently such as production/landing volumes and values, recording biodiversity, and quantifying nutrient recycling at the culture/fished sites.
The role and responsibility of the RF will be to manage and oversee associated research activities and management of the project in association with the PI. The appointee will have an expertise in shellfish and ecosystem health, diagnostics (histology, cytology, molecular and immunology), parasitology and a good knowledge of ecosystems goods and services of shellfish species. The candidate will have a proven track record in the project management of aquatic animal health focussed national and EU projects, and will have assisted a Principal Investigator in coordinating such projects or being a work package leader. The RF will have an excellent track record with stakeholders in the shellfish sector and will have a record of supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students to the completion of their theses. The RF will maintain regular contact with project partners and will facilitate collaborative and multi-partner research activities and outputs. Experience in organising and hosting workshops and progress meetings will be expected. In addition, the RF will input into the strategic direction of the project to maximise overall outputs from this collaborative research including peer reviewed publications, book chapters, conference and stakeholder presentations and engagement, organisation of workshops and public engagement in publicising the project and results.
• Applicants should hold a PhD in Zoology, Marine Biology or a related field.
• Has a PhD in shellfish health and parasitology and significant relevant research experience in this research field.
• Has a proven track record of project management, research team leadership, student supervision and dissemination activities including high quality scientific peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
• Has experience in ecosystems goods and services research.
• Has experience of and understands how to utilise models.
Work and other relevant experience
• Has a strong project management experience including extensive laboratory management with knowledge of molecular diagnostic techniques (DNA extraction methods, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), quantitative PCR (qPCR) and in situ hybridization (ISH)), and histology (tissue processing, microtoming, tissue staining and microscopy).
• Has a track record of research experience in shellfish pathology and immunology.
• Has research experience in ecosystems goods and services of shellfish species.
• Has an established network of relevant stakeholders in the shellfish sector with extensive experience of interaction with SMEs.
• Has a proven record of supervision at undergraduate, and postgraduate level and of mentoring early-stage researchers.
• Has a proven track record of high quality peer-review publications, book chapters and conference contributions is essential in the area of shellfish pathology and immunology.
• Takes a leading role in the further development of the research programme and in seeking and pursuing appropriate external funding.
• A full clean drivers licence is essential.
Post Duration: 36 months (1 FTE in year 1 and 2, 0.25 FTE in year 3)
Salary: €56,369 - €61,423 p.a. (IUA Salary Scale), pro rata, FTE dependent
Project Title: Bridging Research & Practice to Improve the Future Sustainability and Growth of the Irish Bivalve Industry
For an information package including further details of the post see https://ore.ucc.ie/.
Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Sarah Culloty, School of BEES, MaREI and ERI, Tel: + 353 (0) 21 4903760; Email: email@example.com.
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Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 21 January 2022. No late applications will be accepted.
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Closing Date for Applications: 21 Jan 2022
School: School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science, the Department of Geography and the Environmental Research Institute & Marine Institute at Oranmore, Galway
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: see advert for details
CULLEN PHD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
“The status of sensitive fish species within Irish waters and their vulnerability in relation to fishing and discarding practices”
Cullen Award Reference Number CS-21-009
To achieve sustainable fishing, maintain marine biodiversity and ecosystem health, and align with policy requirements, including Ireland's Integrated Marine Plan, we must monitor and manage the health and stock-status of non-target species as well as commercially important demersal species. With approximately 200 fish species found in Irish waters, less than 20 are analytically assessed. This proposed research comprises three broad interlinked objectives to provide an improved understanding of the status, sensitivity, distribution, and vulnerability of fish within Irish waters. 1) To explore, and where possible, quantify the intrinsic sensitivity of target and non-target demersal fish species in Irish waters to fishing pressure (e.g., by applying the Rindorf et al. 2020 approach at a local scale) and climate change. 2) To identify the geographic and environmental distribution and hotspots of “sensitive” fish species identified in objective 1, using a species distribution modelling (SDM) framework, comparing novel applications of cutting-edge SDM methods (e.g., Joint-SDM and/or Poisson point process models) with current state-of-the-art methods (e.g., Calderwood et al. 2020). 3) To carry out an ecological risk/vulnerability assessment of these “sensitive” fish species to the impacts of fishing, incorporating the distribution projections from objective 2.
This PhD represents an exciting opportunity to participate in a large multidisciplinary team as part of a cutting-edge research programme. This research will advance the state-of-the-art and help to highlight areas where sensitive fish species and fisheries consistently overlap and should help to inform management of particularly vulnerable species. The PhD student will be part of the dynamic research teams at the Marine Institute at Oranmore, Galway, and the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science, the Department of Geography and the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork.
Applicants must have a good primary degree in an appropriate discipline. A MSc in Marine Biology or equivalent would be preferable, though not essential. Applicants will also need to satisfy the University’s requirements regarding English language ability.
The PhD scholarship is a joint research project between University College Cork (UCC) and the Marine Institute. The student will be primarily located at the Marine Institute (Galway), and they will be registered at University College Cork (Cork). The student will be working under the supervision of Professor Emer Rogan and Drs Tom Reed and Paul Holloway of UCC and Dr Julia Calderwood and Professor David Reid of the MI. Periods of research work may also be required at various locations around the country. The Scholarship will start on April 1 2022, with interviews held early in 2022. The scholarship will cover EU fees of €5,900 and a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum for a period of four years. UK applicants will be granted EU fee status due to the Common Travel Area with Ireland, but international students would likely be required to make up the fee deficit (currently approx. €10,000 p.a.). It is anticipated that the successful candidate will start the project as soon as possible after 1st April 2022, with interviews held early in 2022.
As part of a 4 year structured PhD at UCC, the student will also be required to undertake 20 credits of postgraduate modules aimed at equipping students with a range of transferable skills (e.g. project management, scientific writing, outreach & communication, and data analysis).
Submit an electronic copy of Curriculum Vitae including contact details of two referees and an email of interest simultaneously to: Paul Holloway email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com quoting Cullen Scholarship CS-21-009 in the email subject line.
Submission deadline for this post is 21 January 2022.
Please note that the successful candidate will have to meet all UCC requirements.
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