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October 19, 2015

United Kingdom

Get Your PHD in Shrimp Maturation


Growing consumer awareness about animal welfare and ethics in food production has made eyestalk ablation a cause of concern for shrimp farmers, retailers and seafood certifiers.  The commercial shrimp industry, therefore, requires a method for inducing maturation in female broodstock without the invasive practice of eyestalk ablation.  The Institute of Aquaculture at the University of Stirling, one of the top universities in the world, in collaboration with Seajoy Seafood, which has large shrimp farming operations in Honduras and Nicaragua, has gathered preliminary evidence indicating the potential for the development of eyestalk-intact broodstock.  Lyons Seafood, Seajoy’s largest client, and the Global Aquaculture Alliance are also collaborating on the project, which is designed to influence the development of sustainable aquaculture practices around the world.


The proposed PHD project seeks to:


1. Establish the differences in the reproductive performance between eyestalk-ablated and

eyestalk-intact Penaeus vannamei and investigate the causes for any differences.


2. Evaluate commercial performance of shrimp juveniles over a range of controlled and

commercial conditions.


3. Investigate potential improvements in rearing methods of larvae, postlarvae and juveniles

produced from eyestalk-intact broodstock.


The candidate will work at Seajoy’s commercial facilities in Central America and at the University of Stirling in Scotland, United Kingdom.  The candidate must be fully bilingual (English/Spanish) and comfortable with international travel and working in remote locations.


The candidate will be trained in broodstock management, larval husbandry and lab techniques like histological analysis and  enzymatic/molecular assays.  The candidate will also be expected to develop skills in scientific writing and oral communication.


Requirements: Candidates must have a M.Sc. in Aquaculture or related subject.  Ideally they will also possess relevant commercial experience in the shrimp industry.  It is not expected that candidates will have experience in all of above techniques, but they will need to demonstrate the aptitude and commitment to be trained and work in both a laboratory as well as a farm environment.


Application Process: Send a covering letter and up-to-date CV to by October 30, 2015.  Candidates will then be selected for interviews.  The PHD program will start as soon as possible.


Information: David C. Little, Professor, Aquatic Resources Development, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Stirling FK94LA, Scotland, United Kingdom (phone 44-1786467923, email, webpage


Source: Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: PHD Opening.  David C. Little.  October 19, 2015.

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