Post Doctoral Fellow - Ocean Frontier Institute Module L: New Models of Fish Health - Department of Health Management - Atlantic Veterinary College

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Department of Health Management, Atlantic Veterinary College
Post Doctoral Fellow

The research group for Module L: New Models of Fish Health Management within the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) seeks applications for the position of Post- Doctoral Fellow. The Ocean Frontier Institute is a multi-institutional research partnership led by Dalhousie University, Memorial University and the University of Prince Edward Island. Its research primarily focuses on key aspects of atmosphere-ocean interaction, resulting ocean dynamics, and shifting ecosystems and effective approaches to resource development that are sustainable, globally competitive, societally acceptable and resilient to change. This post doctoral fellowship is subject to final budgetary approval.

Module L is led out of the University of Prince Edward Island and is in the process of developing models that will substantially decrease infection risk, improve feed performance and provide other scalable benefits to salmon farming within Atlantic Canada.

Within that mission, this post doctoral fellowship will develop epidemiological/ecological/statistical models for site-level sea lice abundance in the entire Bay of Fundy salmon aquaculture production area in New Brunswick, based on the data being recorded in the Fish-iTrends database at the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (CAHS), with two primary aims:
1) The prediction of site-level sea lice abundance in a short future time window from the past and current reported abundances at the target site and neighbouring sites; such predictions should be deliverable in both a no treatment scenario and a (narrow) range of prospective treatment scenarios (developed in consultation with industry partners), and should be implementable within the Fish-iTrends system;
2) The incorporation of models (and estimates) into a probabilistic simulation framework that would allow investigation of management scenarios that cannot be studied within the current production and sea lice reporting settings; such investigations would be research-driven and require expertise in use of the simulation framework.

The model development should build on past and ongoing research on sea lice modelling within the Aquatic Epidemiology research group at the Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research (CVER) as well as relevant modelling from other parts of the world. Prior to delivery of the above-described aims, models need to be validated with data from the region, in consultation with industry experts.

The selected applicant must have a PhD in a relevant field, preferably completed within the last five years.

The post-doctoral fellowship is from September 1, 2019 to September 1, 2021. A competitive post-doctoral stipend will be funded on a per annum basis. Interested candidates should submit their curriculum vitae and samples of scientific works in the application.

Questions about the position can be directed to Vince Repaci on or (902) 628 4339.

Applications should be sent electronically to:

Dr. Henrik Stryhn

Department of Health Management, AVC


In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Review of applications will begin on August 13, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is identified.