Post-doc position: Seaweed-modified functional compound evaluation for fish health

Post-doc position: Seaweed-modified functional compound evaluation for fish health

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21 Mar 15 Apr Wageningen

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Job description

Do you want to investigate novel functional ingredients for fish health? Are you interested in the interplay between gut microbiota and fish feed? Then we might have the perfect position for you!

The Aquaculture and Fisheries group (AFI) at Wageningen University is looking for a post-doc to join them in the SBEP (Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership)-funded project ‘Aquafeed Upgraded: Enhancing Immune Function of Fish with Seaweed-modified Functional Compounds (AquaUP)’. As a post-doc, you will experimentally study via in vivo feeding trials the effectiveness of seaweed functional compounds as potential prebiotics for marine and freshwater fish. In particular, the effects of seaweed functional compounds on gut microbiota composition will be studied along with immune-modulating effects.
The project is part of a consortium between NIBIO (coordinators, Norway), NORCE (Norway), UCC and TU Dublin (Ireland), University of Bologna (Italy) and Wageningen University, including various industrial partners. Pursuit of a sustainable aquaculture industry must identify regional and sustainable feed sources that enhance the nutritional value of aquafeed, increase the growth and health of fish while reducing the ecological impact of aquaculture. Seaweed-derived functional compounds have long been utilised in aquafeeds, mainly focusing on their binding properties. The aim of the project is to refine and valorise seaweed to produce seaweed-modified functional ingredients for aquafeeds.

The experimental activities include running feeding trials with fish and doing lab molecular analysis (gene expression, microbiota analysis). The candidate is also expected to prepare the ethical applications for the experiment, and preparation of scientific manuscripts.

The position duration is for one year (12 months), with extension up to 34 months in total.

You will work here
The research is embedded in the Aquaculture and Fisheries group (AFI), led by Geert Wiegertjes. You will be supervised by dr. Fotini Kokou and Marit Nederlof.


Wageningen University & Research


As the ideal candidate you:
  • have a successfully completed PhD degree in aquaculture, biology, veterinary science, animal science or a related field;
  • show strong skills in molecular lab analysis and in particular gene expression analysis;
  • are experienced in microbiota data handling and statistical analysis;
  • are willing to perform feeding trials with fish;
  • have excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

Conditions of employment

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 3.226 and € 5.090 for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10).Initially, we offer you a one-year contract, which will then be extended to 34 months (in total) if there is mutual enthusiasm. Of course, we would be happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “Best University” in the Netherlands for the 19th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.
Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about for example helping your partner to find a job, housing, or schooling.

Finally, certain categories of international staff may be eligible for a tax exemption on a part of their salary during the first five years in the Netherlands.


Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen University & Research
TThe mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With its roughly 30 branches, 7,600 employees (6,700 fte) and 13,100 students and over 150,000 participants to WUR’s Life Long Learning, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. The unique Wageningen approach lies in its integrated approach to issues and the collaboration between different disciplines.

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We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.


  • Postdoc
  • Food
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • P1467422-1


Wageningen University & Research

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