Post Doctoral Fellow (Aquatic Animal Health) opportunity, WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia

The Post Doctoral Fellow will coordinate and conduct research on emerging aquatic animal health challenges as a component of the Fish Health and Nutrition Research Cluster of the CGIAR Research Program on FISH. S/he will involve in epidemiological research on emerging fish diseases and engaging international and national research teams in Bangladesh, Egypt, Malaysia and other WorldFish focal and scaling countries and partners to deliver high quality research on aquatic animal health.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and conduct research on emerging aquatic animal health issues (e.g. TiLV) in WorldFish program and partner countries.
  • Design and implement epidemiological studies in WorldFish program countries to better understand aquatic animal health constraints, risk factors, economic and social impacts.
  • Support development of interventions such as better management practices for minimising the impact of aquatic animal diseases.
  • Support the design and implementation of robust biosecurity programs for WorldFish genetics and breeding platforms in Malaysia, Egypt and Bangladesh.
  • Support design and conduct of experimental infection studies in connection with genetics and disease resistance research.
  • Ensure regular coordination with national partners in WorldFish focal and scaling countries and support development and implementation of a practical national strategies on aquatic animal health.
  • To provide support to national research teams in Bangladesh, Egypt and Malaysia and other WorldFish program countries to design implement and deliver high quality science.
  • To develop evidence based tools, guidelines, policy briefs, fact sheets and quality science based products to support aquatic animal health management.
  • To conduct literature reviews, analyse project reports, organise workshops and consult with WorldFish global and country teams for project concepts, networking and partnership building.
  • Prepare scientific publications, working papers, program briefs and other research products in support of FISH CRP health research.


Skills and qualifications

  • Ph.D. in related field (aquatic animal health, epidemiology, etc).
  • 3 years related research experience and excellent knowledge, technical and writing skills in aquaculture and aquatic animal health and demonstrated ability to perform critical thinking on research issues.
  • Experience in conventional and molecular diagnostics and fish immunology.
  • Knowledge of aquatic epidemiology (experience in the use of epidemiology models and software for statistical analyses) and socio-economic impact assessments.
  • Experience in synthesising results from disparate studies and publishing research findings.
  • Strong commitment to work on research with implications for FISH CRP and development outcomes and impact.
  • Fully familiar with state of the art computer programs and other software for data capture, storage, retrieval and analyses of data.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and able to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience in graduate student supervision.
  • Publications and resource mobilisation track record.
  • Experience with the private sector and international organisations.
  • Relevant working experience in developing countries and experiences with modelling, epidemiology, disease diagnostics.
  • Knowledge in “big data” applications and tools for disease surveillance and diagnostics.


Salary and Benefits

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 42,000 – USD 46,000 per annum.

WorldFish's IRS shall receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) housing allowance*, relocation and repatriation assistance*, dependent education allowance*, home leave entitlement*, comprehensive insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, and pension/provident fund contribution.

Note: Items marked '*' are not applicable to staff recruited as Home Country Internationals (nationals of the country of posting). All benefits are subject to terms and conditions.

Time frame and location

This position will be based at WorldFish’s HQ in Penang, Malaysia with significant travel to various countries in Africa, Asia and Pacific. Interviews are expected to be held in July 2017.

The successful candidate should be available to commence latest by October 2017 for an initial 2 years contract, with possibility of extension depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Our commitment

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organisational goals and mission. Qualified women and professionals are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 31 July 2017:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.

Screening will start immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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