PhD on the Atlantic Cod

Passed on by Patricia Brekke

 —–Original Message—–
 From: BES Aquatic Ecology Group list
 [mailto:BES-ECOL-AQUATIC@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Mark Johnson
 Sent: 12 January 2010 10:41
 Subject: PhD Studentship in Molecular Biology and Aquaculture – NUI Galway
 From the Aquatic Ecology Group – bes-ecol-aquatic email list
 With apologies for cross-postings, can I draw your attention to the
 following studentship?
 A PhD studentship is available within the Martin Ryan Institute (MRI),
 National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland (;
 as part of the Sea Change Initiative-funded EIRCOD project, with the support
 of the Marine Institute and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the
 National Development Plan 2007-2013.
 This position will focus on the application of genetic markers, such as
 microsatellites and SNPs, to the study of both wild populations and farmed
 (captive) stocks of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). The main aims will be to
 investigate population structure of cod in waters around Ireland and to
 support the ongoing EIRCOD broodstock and breeding programme. The
 increasing number of genetic markers in combination with the availability of
 captive stocks in a controlled environment also offers the potential to
 study mutational models and variation of candidate genes, as well as their
 association to quantitative traits of commercial value.
 Skills required:
 This position is suitable to graduate students holding at least a BSc (Hons)
 or equivalent in biological sciences or related fields. Familiarity in
 molecular research and population genetics are an asset, but preference will
 be given to applications with previous experience in molecular techniques,
 including microsatellite genotyping, DNA sequencing and relevant data
 analyses. The successful candidate should be able to undertake research
 independently as well as part of a team, showing good organizational skills,
 creativity, initiative and ability to cooperate. Some field sampling is
 expected (e.g. sampling fish in cages at sea and commercial landings at
 ports), although most of the lab work will be based at MRI Carna
 laboratories, which are located in Carna, Connemara, in proximity to the
 captive stocks.
 The PhD studentship is available immediately and it will be funded for 4
 years with a student fellowship of 25,000 euro p.a., which is tax-free and
 includes College fees (currently c.5,400 euro p.a.).
 Further information about this position can be obtained by sending an e-mail
 enquiry to ( Applicants should submit i) a
 research statement of 250 – 400 words in which they describe their
 understanding of the project and their interest in the subject area and ii)
 a CV to include the names and contact details of two academic referees.
 These must be submitted to Dr Luca Mirimin ( OR Dr
 Richard D FitzGerald, Project Co-ordinator EIRCOD
 The closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm on 22nd Jan 2010
 This PhD is funded by the EIRCOD project (Grant-Aid Agreement No.
 PBA/AF/07/004) carried
 out under the Sea Change strategy with the support of the Marine Institute
 and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan
 2007-2013, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

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