(open until filled)
The position will begin January 31, 2013
The VIU International Centre for Sturgeon Studies (ICSS) in collaboration with the VIU Horticulture Department and an industrial partner have proposed a project for funding titled « Development of closed containment and aquaponics technologies for White sturgeon aquaculture ». We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow (PDF) for a
two-year period to lead this project. The majority of the funding has been secured, with the remainder being contingent on recruiting a qualified PDF candidate.
The goal of the newly constructed International Centre for Sturgeon Studies at Vancouver Island University is to become a knowledge and innovation network hub supporting ongoing White sturgeon conservation and restoration efforts and the development of a sustainable sturgeon aquaculture industry in BC www.viu.ca/sturgeon). VIU maintains the only White sturgeon broodstock in Canada and has several year-classes under culture. The ICSS, opened in 2011, is a key component of the 40,000 sq. ft. of aquatic research infrastructure developed at VIU. The ICSS has five wet labs with recirculation systems and temperature control, a number of smaller labs, a large well equipped dry-lab, offices and a conference room.
Sturgeon culture for meat is a growing global industry producing over 20,000 tonnes annually and there is increasing interest in this species in British Columbia. Similarly, there is growing interest in aquaponics to increase profitability and to improve the ecological footprint of aquaculture operations. VIU has a long history in Fisheries and Aquaculture training and research as well as horticulture programs. This research will provide knowledge that can be immediately applied by our industrial partner and provide relevant research and experiential learning opportunities for VIU undergraduate students. The project will: Evaluate production parameters of white sturgeon in PRAS tank environments (stocking densities, feeding rate, growth rate and temperature) Evaluate plant species, growth and production, nutrient profiles and operational economics in a pilot aquaponics module The PDF will outline the specific research plan, lead and execute the project supported by appropriate faculty and technicians.
The position will begin January 31, 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter depending on the availability of a suitable candidate.
Project funding is for two years, however, the position may be continued depending on other funding or if other research projects become available. The project budget includes conference travel. The ideal candidate would reflect the following profile:
Recently completed PhD (within 5 years) in a field of biology or other relevant discipline A highly motivated individual that is comfortable working independently A passion for peer review quality research with applied outcomes A proven team leader, collaborator and team player Project management experience in terms of lab and fish production set-up and operation, logistics, budget management, communications etc.
Previous experience working with sturgeon in laboratory, conservation or aquaculture settings Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents International Centre for Sturgeon Studies, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9R 5S5
The ICSS is a « soft-funded » research organization that operates on revenues from successful research proposals and grants. This will be the first scientific position at the ICSS and a huge opportunity for the right candidate to launch their career and help to shape the future research direction and organizational development of the ICSS.
VIU and the City of Nanaimo are hosting the 7th International Symposium on Sturgeon from July 21- 25, 2013 (web-site: iss7.viu.ca).
The Director of the ICSS is the Chair of ISS7, supported by an international scientific advisory committee. With over 600 international delegates expected, the ICSS will play a prominent role hosting workshops and tours. This will be an incredibly valuable networking opportunity for the PDF and help the ICSS to achieve its goal of becoming a network hub for knowledge and innovation.
Please send a CV, cover letter and names and contact information for three references to Don Tillapaugh, Director ICSS.
Don.Tillapaugh@viu.ca. Questions can be directed to Don Tillapaugh by e-mail or phone. (250 740 6113) Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University is a dynamic, internationally known university that supports a population of over 18,000 full and part-time learners, including 1,100 international students, and over 1,000 aboriginal students. (www.viu.ca)