Scientist (Fish Genetics)

Penang, Malaysia
Apply by 10 July 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 13 June 2018

Job Description

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:

  • Novel fish breeds developed and disseminated through the successful design and implementation of high quality research on genetics related to improved aquaculture performance, with emphasis on tilapia, carp and catfish farming in Africa and Asia.
  • Efficiently managed breeding and genetic improvement programs for aquaculture species including genomic selection where appropriate.
  • Strong inter-disciplinary research collaboration developed and maintained with other WorldFish scientists, particularly on research focusing on fish nutrition, health and husbandry, aquaculture technologies and social science (e.g. feeds/disease; impact studies).
  • Productive partnerships with local and international research institutes and private sector, and provision of technical advice to these as required.
  • Productive science team focused on research solutions for sustainable growth of aquaculture in Africa and Asia.
  • High quality experimental plans and journal articles on fish genetics research produced.
  • Successful grant applications and resources mobilized in support of WorldFish genetics research activities.
  • Communication products for end users of research.


  • PhD in genetics/animal breeding.
  • At least 3 years post-doctoral experience in aquaculture.
  • Excellent proficiency of spoken and written English.
  • Strong record of publications in a related field.
  • Motivation for high quality science and delivery of applications/impact from research.
  • Experience of supervising staff.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with the aquaculture industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of working in developing countries in Africa and/or Asia.
  • Knowledge and experience of population/molecular genetics.

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 July 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 here latest by 10 July 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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