Fish Health Scientist (KTP Associate)

University of the West of Scotland / Kames Fish Farming Ltd
Location: Kilmelford, Oban
Salary: Up to £33,500 per annum, plus £6,000 personal development budget
Closing Date: 9th April 2019

An exciting opportunity for an aquaculture based fish health expert has become available to work full time on a 36 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The aim of the project is to develop in-house diagnostics and fish health assessment knowledge and capability in support of business expansion at Kames Fish Farming Ltd.

The successful candidate will receive training in Chartered Management Institute (level 5), will work with senior company management to realise benefits to the business and apply their degree and lead their own project in a business environment. The KTP Associate will have full access to and support from existing management and production staff both at Kilmelford and other locations across Scotland during field visits and by experienced academics at UWS.

Company information:

Kames Fish Farming Ltd is the oldest (Est. 1972) family owned fish farm in Scotland and is one of the few remaining independent, privately owned, aquaculture companies. The business focus is on the farming of Steelhead Rainbow Trout, from fertilised eggs to marketable adult fish, using rearing facilities and marine cages at various sites across the West of Scotland and sold to the UK's finest restaurants and exported worldwide.

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About KTP:

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK.  It's essential you understand how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position. 

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The successful candidate must possess:

  •      PhD in an area related to fish health
  •      Minimum 2:1 degree in veterinary medicine or undergraduate degree related to fish physiology or aquaculture
  •      A good understanding of salmonid physiology (particularly rainbow trout) biochemistry and disease is necessary.
  •      Practical experience of working on a commercial salmonid fish farm.
  •      Full Driving licence.

Application requirements:

Essential skills we require as a minimum:

  •      Ability to conduct literature and database searches using appropriate search strategy/terms, co-ordinate and manage data (including data quality, integrity and security) acquired by the project.
  •      Prepare reports covering aspects of the research project and present to relevant audiences as required and contribute to the preparation of articles for publication to peer reviewed journals.
  •      Excellent written communication skills; technical documents and documentation suitable for non-technical users and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.
  •      Take a leading, practical role in the establishment of a new fish health lab and in the collection and analysis of samples on-site at various locations around Scotland. Work with project team and site managers to develop protocols for the standardisation, assessment and validation of various biochemistry biomarkers in fish blood.
  •      Work on own initiative prioritising workload to ensure achievement of research activities and project deadlines.
  •      Deal with problems and overcome difficulties which may affect the delivery of or the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
  •      Demonstrate awareness of ethical issues pertaining to the research process and consideration to others.

On successful completion of the KTP there may be an opportunity for employment with Kames Fishing Farming Ltd.

If you have questions about this vacancy contact: Professor Brian Quinn at

For further information and to apply, please click here.

Interviews to be held:  16thApril 2019


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