[Sust-mar] Sustainable Aquaculture Research Positions (4), New Brunswick

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Positions: Sustainable Aquaculture Research

Type: two M.Sc. and two summer student positions available

Employer: UNB / DFO / CIMTAN

Location: St. Andrews Biological Station, University of New Brunswick

Funding is available for qualified M.Sc. and summer students to undertake research on a new innovative approach to aquaculture. The successful candidates will be part of the NSERC- Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN), which provides national networking and research exchange opportunities. Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) is an approach to aquaculture that promotes sustainability by using the organic and inorganic waste from a fed trophic level (e.g. salmon, sablefish), to support the growth of commercially valuable invertebrates and seaweeds, respectively.


1) M.Sc.: Investigation of energy and nutrient dispersal at various scales and potential influence on wild species from open-water integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) sites. A key aspect of this research will be to quantify changes in wild species related to species distribution, abundance, and physio-chemical indicators of species health around aquaculture sites. This position requires a motivated and skilled student who can work in the field and can perform independently or with a multidisciplinary team of researchers. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge and skills in aquatic field sampling, identification of aquatic marine organisms, multi-variate statistics, and biochemistry. Contact Dr. Andrew Cooper.

2) M.Sc.: Modelling system components of open-water IMTA systems. Model development in conjunction with other researchers to determine affects to system efficiency in the context to nutrient and energy flow. A field and laboratory component may be required to acquire data for model inputs This position is ideally suited for a math graduate with a keen interest in biology or a biologist/ecologist graduate with an interest in modelling. This Masters program favours a first class general whom is comfortable switching between multiple disciplines. Contact Dr. Gregor Reid

3) Summer or Coop student: A coop position is available for a chemistry student with a keen interest in biology and taxonomy. A minimum of two days a week will be spent in a laboratory setting perfecting an ammonium assay for the analysis of seawater samples. The specific technique is a fluorometric method (Holmes et al. 1999. A simple and precise method for measuring ammonium in marine and freshwater ecosystems. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. Vol. 56) and requires meticulous sample collection and storage. The remaining work time will be spent collectingrecording biological samples in the field and collecting seawater samples as required. The successful candidate must be comfortable working from boats and around water. Appropriate training for the biological component will be provided. Contact Dr. Gregor Reid/Dr. A. Cooper

4) Summer student: Preparatory work for M.Sc. position 2. Preference will be given to the successful candidate for the M.Sc. position. Contact Dr. Gregor Reid

Successful candidates will become either a graduate student or summer student of the University of New Brunswick. The first semester(s) of the degrees may require attendance at the Saint John campus with the remainder of the student's research occurring at St. Andrews Biological Station (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, St. Andrews, NB). Specifics will be determined.

Interested candidates are asked to send a curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and a letter outlining your qualifications and interests to the applicable supervisor. Deadline for application is March 15, 2011. We thank all applicants for their interest but only those, selected for interviews will be contacted.

Dr. Gregor K. Reid, Ph.D.

Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN)

University of New Brunswick /

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

St. Andrews Biological Station

531 Brandy Cove Road

St. Andrews, NB

Canada E5B 2L9

(506) 529-5848

Gregor.Reid at dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Dr. J. Andrew Cooper, Ph.D.

Biological Station

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

531 Brandy Cove Rd.,

St. Andrews, NB E5B 2L9

(506) 529-5894

Andrew.Cooper at mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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