POSTDOCTORAL / RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION

Adelino Canario acanario at ualg.pt
Sat Aug 29 10:42:55 EST 1998


POSTDOCTORAL / RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION
A postdoctoral position /research assistant position is available to
participate in EC-funded project on the role of thyroid in fish development
(outline below). The applicant will join a Comparative Endocrinology Group
studying fish development and reproduction using classical endocrinological
techniques and molecular tools. 
The position is immediatelly available and until the end of the project -
February 2000. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.
Experience with work on marine fish larvae is desirable.
CVs with names, address and email of 2 referees should be submitted until
15th August to Prof Deborah Power, Universidade do Algarve, Centro de
Ciencias do Mar, 8000 Faro, Portugal, (fax +351-89-818353; email
dpower at ualg.pt).

ENDOCRINE CONTROL AS A DETERMINANT OF LARVAL QUALITY IN FISH AQUACULTURE

Organisations involved Universidade do Algarve; University of Wales, UK
(Drs Trevor Wigham and Glen Sweeney); Goteborg University, Sweden (Dr Bjorn
Bjornsson), Fiskeldi Eyjafjaroar LtD, Iceland (Olafur Halldorsson)

The prime aim of the project is to establish the importance of thyroid
hormones and growth hormone (GH) in the normal and abnormal development of
two marine species. These are the Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus
hippoglossus) and the sea bream (Sparus aurata).

The main activities of the project include
Determining levels of hormones during development and the stages at which
tissues become responsive (expression of thyroid receptors). Factors that
determine expression of thyroid receptors.

One of the principal tasks of the research fellow/assistant appointed will
be to develop ways to manipulate the expression of thyroid hormone receptor
gene and the growth hormone gene (both have been cloned in a previous
project) in the sea bream by developing expression vectors and development
microinjection techniques (this work will be carried out in collaboration
with Cardiff). As much of the work will be carried out on embryos and
larvae experience in larval culture would be an advantage although a
technician will be available to culture sea bream larvae. Additional
molecular biology techniques (Southern/Northern blotting/PCR) will be
required for the analysis of gene expression in larvae sampled from these
and other studies.
The appointed fellow will be actively involved in designing and conducting
experiments aimed at altering hormone levels (eg. Thiourea treatment).

Start date Now

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Adelino Canario
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