Job Posting: Associate Research Scientist Position in Quantitative Genetics

Huntsman Ocean Sciences Jenny Keleher November 3, 2016

The Huntsman Marine Science Centre ( is expanding its capacity within Broodstock Development Services. We are immediately seeking a highly motivated, dynamic individual who works well both individually and with a team of technicians and research scientists to fill an Associate Research Scientist position in Quantitative Genetics. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of research ability, has data interpretation and analysis capabilities and strong writing skills with an inclination to mine large datasets to increase publication output.


Huntsman Aquatic Services is a multi‐faceted department with core research competency in broodstock development and selective breeding, environmental toxicology and fish health. The department serves a broad client base from the private sector (e.g., aquaculture industry, pharmaceutical companies, oil & gas etc.), all levels of government and academic institutions nationally and internationally.

Relevant to this position, Huntsman serves as the lead scientific authority of an Atlantic salmon broodstock development program focused on improvement of traits related to growth, smoltification survival, sea lice resistance, bacterial kidney disease resistance, incidence of abnormalities (including prevalence of deformities and recorded to the level of fin erosion), fillet quality, fitness traits, and more. The dataset continues to grow and already includes multiple year classes and multi‐generational data for most traits.

Much of the data has been analyzed to estimate breeding values and construct selection indices, but not specifically for submission of peer‐reviewed publication. This aspect will be a primary focus of the successful Associate Research Scientist.

Responsibilities of the successful candidate will include preparation of specific data for analysis (final data proofing when required), applied data analysis, writing and submission of manuscripts on existing and new data as collected. This individual will also be involved with some sampling efforts to collect data associated with commercially relevant traits to aquatic species (immediately applied to Atlantic salmon) following Huntsman Standard Operating Procedures and Good Laboratory Practices.

Qualifications and skills:

  • A Ph.D. with research topic(s) using quantitative genetics with a focus on improvement of production trait(s) preferred. The successful individual will be working on aquatic species, but individuals having worked with terrestrial livestock or plants are also encouraged to apply.
  • Proven track record of having strong written communication skills through preparation of manuscripts for submission to the peer‐reviewed primary literature.


Huntsman is located in the beautiful town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. We are 30 minutes from the US border with Maine. St. Andrews is a vibrant community for all ages in science, arts, music and nature. Check
out – Fundy Discovery Aquarium, Kingsbrae Gardens, Ministers Island, and Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre in St. Andrews.

Applications are being accepted immediately until position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience. Send single electronic submission with cover letter, CV and three references (including e‐mail and telephone number) to:

HR Office, Huntsman Marine Science Centre
1 Lower Campus Road
St. Andrews, NB
E5B 2L7

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status. Although Canadians and permanent residents to Canada will be given priority, all qualified candidates will
be given full consideration.

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