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Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food-production sector in the world, now providing almost half of the global fish supply. Increases in demand for fish indicate that aquaculture will need to continue to expand, particularly in Asia and Africa. To meet this growing demand, WorldFish uses its technical and scientific expertise to provide evidence-based development solutions that increase aquaculture productivity, while minimizing impacts on the environment. Development of improved and resilient fish breeds for Africa and Asia represents a key component in the WorldFish sustainable aquaculture program.

Under the general direction of Research Program Leader, Sustainable Aquaculture, the Senior Scientist will provide leadership, conceive and conduct high quality research on fish genetics and manage fish genetic improvement programs aimed at improving their farm performance. The research will include the incorporation molecular tools and genomic selection, where suitable. S/he will work closely with other members of the genetics and sustainable aquaculture team to ensure the excellence of the projects.


  • Manage and mentor WorldFish genetic team, provide support to build up team skills on technical matters.
  • Develop new research areas and lead development of new research proposal.
  • Contribute to the development of research partnership with Scientist from advance research institute and developing country.
  • Novel fish breeds developed and disseminated through the successful design and implementation of high quality research on genetics related to improved aquaculture performance, with emphasis on tilapia, carp and catfish farming in Africa and Asia.
  • Efficiently managed breeding programs genetic improvement programs for aquaculture species including genomic selection where appropriate.
  • Strong inter-disciplinary research collaboration developed and maintained with other WorldFish scientists, particularly on research focusing on fish nutrition, health and husbandry, aquaculture technologies and social science (e.g. feeds/disease; impact studies).
  • Productive partnerships with local and international research institutes and private sector, and provide technical advice to these as required.
  • Productive science team focused on research solutions for sustainable growth of aquaculture in Africa and Asia.
  • High quality experimental plans and journal articles on fish genetics research produced.
  • Resources mobilized in support of WorldFish genetics research activities and communication products for end users of research.

This job might be for you if you have these essential skills and qualifications:

  • A PhD in Genetics / Animal Breeding or related discipline.
  • Proven track record in designing and implementing research activities, with at least 5 years’ experience in leading research.
  • Strong record of publications in a related field.
  • Knowledge and experience of population/molecular genetics.
  • Motivation for high quality science and delivery of applications/impact from research.
  • Experience of supervising staff.
  • Excellent proficiency of spoken and written English.

Desired skills and qualifications:

  • Knowledge and/or experience of working with the aquaculture industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of working in developing countries in Africa and/or Asia.

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with annual salary ranging between USD 86,000 – USD 91,000 gross per annum. WorldFish’s IRS shall receive comprehensive benefits including (but not limited to) housing allowance*, relocation and repatriation assistance*, dependent education allowance*, home leave entitlement*, comprehensive insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, and pension/provident fund contribution.

Note: Items marked * are not applicable to staff recruited as Home Country Internationals (nationals of the country of posting). All benefits are subject to terms and conditions.

Our offer

The position will be based in Penang, Malaysia. The initial employment contract will be for a three (3) -year period, with possibility for renewal depending on performance of and the availability of funding. Interviews will be held via video conference and the successful candidate should be available to commence as soon as possible. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Our commitment

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued. We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and nationals from developing countries to apply.

How to apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 30 April 2019:

  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.

Screening will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Sokha Hin
Sokha Hin is cofounder of OpenTeam. Engaged into creating a more sustainable economy. 10+ years track in innovation and digital startup environment. Discovered the so little-known reality of climate change at COP20, in Lima, Peru, Dec 2014. Engaged as a consequence into raising awarness of citizens worldwide and empowering citizens into concrete action through digital tools and spreading social entrepreneurship. The World can evolve only by providing a collective reponse, up to the stake of climate change.


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