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Vacancy Title The Ecology of Salmon (Salmo salar L.) at Sea Environmental factors affecting marine growth, survival and migration of Atlantic salmon.
Country of employment Ireland
Job description Project Description:
An opportunity has a risen for a suitably qualified and strongly motivated graduate to undertake a PhD as part of a collaboration between GMIT, The Marine Institute, the Loughs Agency and the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway. The project will advance the findings of a recently completed major EU funded project investigating the distribution and migration of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) at sea (SALSEA Merge). The primary objective is to investigate the decline in North Atlantic salmon stocks in the past two decades in an ecosystem context and to provide new information for use in forecast models of abundance and size of current stocks.

The successful candidate will hold an honours degree (minimum 2:2) in Marine or Freshwater Biology, Zoology, Ecology, or a related discipline. Knowledge of salmon ecology and experience in the preparation and analysis of fish scales would be a distinct advantage. A familiarity with the handling and analysis of large long term datasets is desirable, although statistical training will be provided. A demonstrated ability to communicate scientific research findings will be viewed favourably.

Research Environment:
The PhD student will be registered at GMIT. They will spend substantial periods of time at the Marine Institute facilities in Newport, Mayo. They will also be required to spend up to three months per year at the Institute of Marine Research facilities in Matre, Norway and shorter periods at the Loughs Agency facilities in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
The student will join a dynamic group of researchers at the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at GMIT and at the Marine Institute Salmon Research Agency and will have access to state of the art equipment and facilities at both Institutions. They will benefit greatly from the collaboration with the partner Institutes and from links with international expert groups such as the ICES working group on North Atlantic salmon

Project Start-Date: May 2012

Project Duration: 3 years

Conditions: The student will receive a stipend of 1666.67 per month for 3 years.
Postgraduate fees for EU students and any travel costs incurred during the project will also be covered.

Please Note: Candidates from outside the EU are eligible to apply, but may be expected to provide evidence of sources of additional funds to cover excesses associated with Non-EU fees.

Closing Date: 1pm Friday, 23rd March 2012.

Interested applicants should post four copies of their CV and a certified copy of their transcript of results to: Research Office, GMIT, Dublin Road, Galway, Ireland. Interviews for the position are expected to take place on April 13th 2012.
(Please note that applications forwarded by email will not be accepted).

Further Information on the project may be obtained from:
Dr Deirdre Brophy (GMIT) Tel: +353 91 742484. Email:
Dr Niall O'Maoileidigh (Marine Institute) Tel:+ 353 98 42300. Email:
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Contract type
Daily basis Full Time
Gross salary
Duration of contract 3 years
CV submission deadline  -03-23
Last updated on 2012-03-13 by deirdre_brophy
Contact Details
Contact person Deirdre, Brophy
Institute Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Address Dublin Road, Galway

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