KTP Associate – Ballan Wrasse Breeding Program Manager

Seafish Limited, Tighnabruaich

Salary: £24,000 to £27,500 pa based on experience, inclusive of on-site accommodation package

The Institute of Aquaculture (University of Stirling, UoS) in partnership with Otter Ferry Seafish Ltd. (OFS) is seeking to appoint a Ballan Wrasse Breeding Program Manager as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. The project will offer a great opportunity to work with two world leading aquaculture partners with focus on the development and implementation of a ballan wrasse broodstock management strategy at the industry partner seeking to optimise stock performance and establish the first commercial selective breeding program for the species.

OFS is a leading marine hatchery in the UK specialising in the production of ballan wrasse and lumpfish used as cleaner fish to delouse farmed Atlantic salmon. OFS also produces halibut juveniles for their on-growing facilities on the island of Gigha. OFS provides the industry and academic community with a unique mix of commercial and research facilities. The company has a long track record of research and business innovation since 1968.

The KTP associate role will directly contribute to unlocking the potential of the OFS ballan wrasse program by improving the performance of the broodstock, increasing its productivity in the short term through optimised broodstock management protocols and in the longer term by establishing a genetic selection programme to enhance desirable traits for the benefit of both OFS and its customers. As part of our R&D team, the successful KTP associate will contribute significantly to OFS research and commercialisation strategies. He/she will also participate to the day to day operations of the farm and contribute to the financial success of the company.

The post is for a period of three years with the possibility for the associate to undertake simultaneously a PhD with the University of Stirling (not mandatory) and the exciting prospect of a permanent role at Otter Ferry Seafish at the end of the KTP project. An attractive remuneration package, including on-site accommodation, is available in line with qualification and experience.

To be considered for the role you should hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant biology subject e.g. Aquaculture, Marine biology or Agronomy and a postgraduate qualification (i.e. MSc) in Aquaculture, Agrigenomics or similar biological subject is preferred. Previous experience in the aquaculture or animal farming and breeding sectors would be advantageous, but is not mandatory. Applicants with a PhD in aquaculture, animal breeding or similar subject are also encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have a practical approach, be hands on and have a business orientated mentality. The applicant must be comfortable working in a remote location while also demonstrate the capability to work in a scientific environment. Importantly, the applicant will be part of a larger team and should therefore be a team player.

The project is co-funded by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the translation of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr. Thomas Cavrois-Rogacki, R&D and Health Manager at OFS (t.cavrois-rogacki@otterferry.com) or Dr. Andrew Davie (andrew.davie@stir.ac.uk), senior lecturer at the UoS.

Full job description including links to the application can be found at here.

The deadline for application is 26th November 2020 with first round of interviews being performed online w/c 3rd December.