TWO fully funded PhD studentships available

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We're pleased to announce that we currently have TWO fully funded PhD opportunities working with Moredun, open for applications from all UK/EU graduates. Closing date for both positions is Sunday 5th January 2020.

1. Towards an understanding for the role of the microbiota to whiteleg shrimp production in a commercial recirculation aquaculture system. (** To be based at the University of Stirling **)

For further information and to apply, visit FindAPhD.

​First supervisor: Dr Andrew Desbois, University of Stirling
Second Supervisor: Dr Kim Thompson, Moredun Research Institute
Third Supervisor: Dr Michael Bekaert, University of Stirling

Shrimp production is concentrated in the tropics where this industry is associated with negative social and environmental impacts, including worker exploitation and habitat destruction. Moreover, the products have to be transported over intercontinental distances to the end-consumer. However, closed – recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) – located close to the consumer and powered by ‘waste’ or low-cost energy sources provides a sustainable alternative for producing shrimp. Great British Prawns (GBP) Ltd have constructed and are operating a new RAS shrimp farm in Balfron, Stirlingshire. The aim of this project is to gain a deeper understanding of the microbiology of the entire shrimp RAS to identify whether this can be influenced to improve productivity and shrimp welfare.

 The student will receive specialist practical training in molecular biology, shrimp culture, and bioinformatics.

2. EASTBIO: Holistic approach to internal parasite control on hill and upland sheep farms (** To be based at Moredun Research Institute ** )

For further information and to apply, visit FindAPhD.

Supervisor: Dr Fiona Kenyon, Moredun Research Institute

This PhD will investigate ways to optimise roundworm and liver fluke control in hill and upland sheep, to address the issue of increased anthelmintic (wormer) resistance in flocks. The project will identify the scale of anthelmintic related issues faced by hill and upland sheep farmers, by gathering questionnaire information from both farmers and veterinary practices. In parallel, focus farms will be identified, their parasite challenge assessed and their approach to internal parasite control monitored over a full production year. After initial data collection and analysis, customised options for parasite control will be proposed, implemented and monitored on focus farms over the next production year. 

The student will learn a range of applied parasitology skills, and novel molecular species identification techniques, as well as protocols for conducting and analysing questionnaires and computer modelling.