Post Doctoral Fellow

Penang, Malaysia
Apply by 11 May 2018
Entry-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 12 April 2018

Job Description

WorldFish is seeking a dynamic postdoctoral fellow to design, implement and deliver research and development outputs within Aquaculture System Cluster of CGIAR’s Research Program on Fish Agri-food System (FISH CRP). Adopting a system approach, research in this cluster provides understanding of how aquaculture systems are integrated into household, community, regional, and national economies. The recruited candidate will work with scientists in Aquaculture System Cluster, of Sustainable Aquaculture Flagship of FISH CRP, especially the new project on “Scaling systems and partnerships for accelerating the adoption of improved tilapia strains by small scale fish farmers” awarded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This project will be implemented in Myanmar (with an extension to Bangladesh and Malawi) from 2018 to 2020. The recruited fellow will work with WorldFish scientists and national partners in the project countries in designing and conducting research related to aquaculture technology (seed) dissemination/delivery systems, aquaculture system performance assessments, foresight studies to understand drivers of change and constraints (social, economic, environment and institutional and policy) to aquaculture technological development, adoption, and scale-out.

Key Responsibilities

  • Under the overall guidance of aquaculture system leader and project coordinator, design, undertake and deliver research and development outputs related to aquaculture system cluster and the BMZ funded project.
  • Develop, improve and maintain data collection tools/instruments, questionnaires, data collection checklists.
  • Collaborate with other scientists to develop and maintain mobile data collection tools.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Collaborate with other scientists to develop technology dissemination models and economic models to evaluate performance of aquaculture systems and impacts of FISH CRP interventions.
  • Plan and conduct workshops; capacity building training; and other activities related to research, development and technology transfer (both science and management aspects).
  • Initiate research proposal development and contribute to the design of new projects.
  • Perform other relevant research activities assigned by the aquaculture system cluster leader and the BMZ project coordinator.


  • PhD degree in an appropriate field of social science (rural/development sociology, agriculture economics, agriculture/fisheries and aquaculture extension, or related field).
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in statistical analysis, quantitative/qualitative questionnaire survey design, and data collection and management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in using mobile data collection platforms (e.g., CommCare, Open Data Kit) and statistical software, such as STATA, GAMS, R, and Matlab.
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative/quantitative research in context of agriculture/aquaculture extension evaluation and agriculture/aquaculture system performance assessment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in multi-cultural, interdisciplinary teams as well as develop close and effective working relationships with a range of partners.
  • Competency with quantitative research analytical tools, methodologies and analyses.
  • Ability and willingness to lead and carry out field work in developing countries.

Salary & Benefits

This is an International Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 43,000 – USD 47,000 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

The position will be based in Penang, Malaysia. The initial employment contract will be for a 2-years period, with possibility for renewal depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Interviews will be held via video conference in May 2018, and 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 here latest by 11 May 2018:

  • 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 as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to strengthen livelihoods and improve food and nutrition security. Globally, more than 1 billion people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 800 million depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

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