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POST-DOCTORAL POSITION in COD BROODSTOCK DEVELOPMENT

Funds were awarded in Genome Canada's competition III (see http://www.genomecanada.ca) for a research program entitled ATLANTIC COD GENOMICS AND BROODSTOCK

DEVELOPMENT (CGP). This program, managed by Genome Atlantic (http://www.genomeatlantic.ca), is a partnership with industry, universities, government and Not-for-Profit organizations, and will apply genomics technologies combined with family-based selective breeding methodologies to identify cod with traits of commercial importance, such as improved growth, survival, product quality and yield, delayed age of sexual maturation, resistance to disease and stress, and desired physiological characteristics (e.g. thermal and hypoxia tolerance). As part of this program, we are recruiting a post-doctoral scientist, located at the University of Guelph, in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science. The position is available immediately with funding for at least 2 years.

The post-doctoral scientist will be an integral part of the CGP research team, and will be expected to over-see the scientific program related to all aspects of cod genetic improvement including: 1) database development; 2) genetic evaluation; 3) QTL detection; 4) marker assisted selection; and 5) coordination of implementation of a genetic improvement program in collaboration with CGP researchers and industry partners, including The Atlantic Genome Centre, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, Memorial University's Ocean Sciences Centre, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock, University of Guelph.

The successful candidate should have a strong background in genetics and breeding, with an interest in the commercial application of family-based broodstock selection methodologies and genomics technologies to cod aquaculture. Further, the candidate must be comfortable working as a member of an inter-disciplinary research team, and have good computer, data analysis, communication and report writing skills.

To apply please submit, preferably by email, a detailed curriculum vitae to:

Dr. Andy Robinson
Department of Animal and Poultry Science
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Canada N1G 2W1
E-mail: andyr@uoguelph.ca; Fax: (519) 767-0573
Closing date: Friday 20 th October 2006.
Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Preference will be given to candidates eligible for employment in Canada.

Ph.D. student in fish breeding and quantitative genetics

Funds were awarded in Genome Canada's competition III (see http://www.genomecanada.ca) for a research program entitled ATLANTIC COD GENOMICS AND BROODSTOCK DEVELOPMENT (CGP). This program, managed by Genome Atlantic (http://www.codgene.ca).

Ph.D. student in fish breeding and quantitative genetics is required to conduct research as part of the CGP team located at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario. The research area comprises genetic evaluation and improvement program development using phenotypic and genotypic information in a combined traditional and marker assisted selection approach for Atlantic cod. Traits studied include growth and development, product yield and quality and health and survival. The project is working towards development of elite broodstock for aquaculture.

Location of research: Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Supervisors: Drs. Andy Robinson and Ian McMillan

Project duration: January 2007- Dec 2009

To apply please submit, preferably by email, a detailed resumé curriculum vitae to:

Dr. Andy Robinson
Department of Animal and Poultry Science
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario Canada N1G 2W1
E-mail: andyr@uoguelph.ca; Fax: (519) 767-0573
Closing date: Friday 20 th October 2006.
Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
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