Post-doctoral Research Assistant Required in Fish Behaviour and Ecology
A 3 year post-doctoral research assistant is sought for an EC-funded
project entitled 'Performance and Ecological Impacts of Introduced and
Escaped Fish: Physiological and Behavioural Mechanisms'. The post is on the
RA1A scale (salary £15,159 - 16,927 p.a, depending on age and experience).
This project will be examining the effects of domestication on salmon and
trout, especially its impact in the endocrinological control of growth and
metabolism, and on behaviour (e.g. feeding patterns and competitive
ability). It will examine the impact that domesticated fish have on wild
stocks when they either escape from fish farms or are deliberately released
and will test the effectiveness of stocking as a means of enhancing
fisheries. The project brings together behavioural and physiological
ecologists, physiologists and geneticists from Scotland, Sweden, Norway,
Canada and Spain; the total value of the EC grant is 905,000 ecu (c. £600k).
The post-doctoral research assistant will be working with both Dr Neil B.
Metcalfe at Glasgow University
(http://www.gla.ac.uk.Acad/IBLS/DEEB/nbm/nbm.htm) and Dr John D. Armstrong
at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory at Pitlochry, Perthshire (see
http://www.marlab.ac.uk/FFL.htm). Both project leaders have active research
groups investigating aspects of the behavioural and physiological ecology
of salmonid fish (see their Web sites for details). The two establishments
are less than 2 hours apart, and the work will be planned so that the PDRA
will spend periods of time at both sites. A fieldwork technician will be
appointed to assist full-time with data collection during the summer
months, so allowing continuous experiments to be run at both locations.
There are four main aspects that the PDRA will be investigating: (1)
feeding behaviour, (2) competitive asymmetries (both of which will be
carried out with Neil Metcalfe in Glasgow), (3) metabolic demand and space
use, and (4) population dynamics and stocking strategies (both of which
will be carried out with John Armstrong in Pitlochry and at field sites in
the north of Scotland).
Further details of the post are available from Neil Metcalfe or on
Applicants should have a PhD in either behavioural or physiological
ecology; experience with fish is desirable but not essential. Applications
(including a full CV with publications and details of two academic
referees) should be sent to N.B. Metcalfe, Graham Kerr Building, Glasgow
University, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK (tel. (0)141 330 5968, fax. (0)141 330
5971, e-mail [log in to unmask]) by 20th February 1998. The post will
commence in March 1998.
Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology
Graham Kerr Building
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Phone: (0)141 330 5968 (direct line)
(0)141 339 8855 ext.5506 (messages)
Fax: (0)141 330 5971
Omit zero if outside the UK
Web page: http://www.gla.ac.uk/Acad/IBLS/DEEB/