The Helmholtz-Centre of Ocean Research (GEOMAR) is one of the leading institutes in marine research in Germany. Its major goal is fundamental and applied research in all areas of marine sciences. For more information please visit www.geomar.de. The GEOMAR, division of Marine Ecology is offering a position for a Research scientist fish disease and immunology in aquaculture in the research unit Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes Job Description We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate who is expected to initiate a research line within the project FINEaqua funded by the State of Schleswig-Holstein in the area of fish health and disease. The holder of the position should perform research at the intersection of basic and applied research, preferably in one or more of the following fields: - animal stress and immuno-competence - novel bacterial and viral pathogens in aquaculture - innovative detection and treatment methods of viral and bacterial disease - epidemiology of viral and bacterial disease in aquaculture -genetic dispositions for disease susceptibility The utilization of modern genetic and physiological methods is expected. The project is embedded into two interrelated FINEaqua projects dealing with food induced increase in growth and survival of larval fish in aquaculture based on essential fatty acids and probiotics and the development of the immune system. There is also technical staff supporting the research work. The GEOMAR has culturing facilities to conduct experiments, as well as well-equipped immunological and molecular genetic laboratories. Close collaboration with the aquaculture group at the University of Kiel (head Prof. Carsten Schulz) is expected. Scientists with a freshwater background are also encouraged to apply, provided they commit to entering the marine world. Qualification We request a doctorate in biology, veterinary medicine, genetics, biological oceanography or a related subject. Experience in the research area is best documented by publications in international scientific journals. This is a full-time position It cannot be split and is initially available for 3 years. The salary depends on qualification up to the class 14 TVÖD of the German tariffs for public employees. Working language in the group is English. The GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages female scientists and scientists with disabilities to apply. Provided equal qualification, they will be preferentially considered. Please send your applications for this position, including two names of possible references, no later than 25 April 2012 by e-mail in a single pdf-file to the personnel office (attn Ms. Barbara Moll, firstname.lastname@example.org). For further information please contact Prof. Thorsten Reusch (email@example.com).