Scientist (Fish Genetics)

Batu Maung, Penang, Malaysia · International · 31 August 2018


Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food-production sector in the world, now providing almost half of the global fish supply. Increases in demand for fish indicate that aquaculture will need to continue to expand, particularly in Asia and Africa. To meet this growing demand, WorldFish uses its technical and scientific expertise to provide evidence-based development solutions that increase aquaculture productivity, while minimizing impacts on the environment.. Development of improved and resilient fish breeds for Africa and Asia represents a key component in the WorldFish sustainable aquaculture program.

Under the general direction of the Genetics Principal Scientist, the Scientist will conduct high quality research on fish genetics, and manage fish genetic improvement programs aimed at improving their farm performance. The research will include the incorporation of molecular tools and genomic selection, where suitable. The Scientist will be expected to work closely with other members of the genetics and aquaculture team in collaboration with husbandry, feed, health and social scientists delivering integrated solutions to accelerate sustainable growth of aquaculture in Africa and Asia.

Success is measured in the delivery of the following key outcomes:



Salary & Benefits

This is an International Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 50,000 – USD 54,000 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.

Our Offer

This position will be based at WorldFish’s HQ in Penang, Malaysia or another WorldFish program country, with significant travel to various countries in Africa and Asia. The initial employment contract will be for a 3-year period, with possibility for renewal depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Web-based interviews are expected to be held in September 2018 and short-listed candidates should be available to participate. The successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible. 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 organizational goals and mission. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and nationals from developing countries to apply.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information latest by 31 August 2018:

Screening will start after 10 July 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.
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