Biosciences: Welsh-medium PhD Scholarship at Swansea: parasites in aquaculture

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 8 June 2021
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Biosciences: Fully Funded Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Swansea University PhD Scholarship: Developing methods to identify parasites in aquaculture

50% funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and 50% by the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Swansea University.

Start date: October 2021

Interviews will be on the 11 and 14 June.

Project description:
The proposed doctoral project will investigate the transmission of parasites and other pathogens between the lump fish (Cyclopterus lumpus,), a cleaner fish used by the salmon aquaculture industry as an alternative to chemicals to treat sea-lice, and the salmon (Salmo salar). Parasites thrive under aquaculture high-density conditions, causing high mortality and economic losses. Using fish (e.g. lumpfish and wrasse) to remove parasites from salmon in aquaculture settings is considered a sustainable alternative to using chemicals. However, there is virtually no research into the effects of forced coexistence of non-coexisting species together, especially at high densities. One of the major dangers that has emerged is the translocation of parasites that can potentially have evolutionary consequences for the host organism and the parasite, as well as unpredictable health consequences for both species. The project will use techniques based on quantitative PCR methodologies (qPCR) recently developed at Swansea University's dedicated aquaculture facilities by the lead supervisor for this project (see Naung et al 2020 for details) as well as behavioural analyses to investigate the potential routs of transmission of pathogens between the two target species.

Naung, M., Uren-Webster, T., Lloyd, R., Garcia de Leaniz, C., Consuegra, S. (2020) A novel qPCR assay for the rapid detection and quantification of the lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) microsporidian parasite Nucleospora cyclopteri. Aquaculture 531, 735779

As a condition of the scholarship the doctoral dissertation is expected to be researched and written in Welsh. The Scholarship holder will be expected to undertake some Welsh medium teaching within the Bioscience Department and will be encouraged to obtain a teaching qualification through the Higher Education Academy.
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Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in the biological sciences, such as Zoology, Biology, Marine Biology, or allied subjects.  

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

This scholarship is only available for students who qualify for home-rate fees.


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Funding is available for a three-year fully funded scholarship, which is 50% funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and 50% by the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Swansea University (starting from October 2021 onwards), which covers tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,609.


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