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WorldFish is a leading international research organization working to transform aquatic food systems to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. It collaborates with international, regional, and national partners to co-develop and deliver scientific innovations, evidence for policy, and knowledge to enable equitable and inclusive impact for millions who depend on fish for their livelihoods. As a member of CGIAR, WorldFish contributes to building a food- and nutrition-secure future and restoring natural resources. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia, with country offices across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, WorldFish strives to create resilient and inclusive food systems for shared prosperity. For more information, visit: www.worldfishcenter.org

Scientist (Specialist in Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture) (01 position)

About WorldFish

WorldFish seeks to create an inclusive world of healthy, well-nourished people and a sustainable blue planet, now and in the future. We provide research and innovation in aquatic food systems to support sustainable development and food system transformation toward healthy and resilient diets. Our 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet outlines our commitment to guiding the transition to more resilient aquatic food systems in three priority impact areas: Social and Economic Inclusion, Nutrition and Public Health, and Climate Resilience and Environmental Sustainability.

About the Position

WorldFish is seeking a nationally recruited a Post-doctoral Fellow Specialist in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture to be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This position will be responsible to support the achievement of the work package 2 [Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture (IMTA): seawater Farming of Finfish-Bivalves-Seaweed] in Bangladesh. The primary purpose of this position is to manage and implement the research activities of work package 2 in Bangladesh, under the direction of the work package Lead, who will be based in Malaysia.

The successful candidate will focus on conducting high-quality applied research on the design and implementation of IMTA systems, with emphasis on assessing coastal aquaculture and mariculture technologies, practices, and production, analysing the current constraints and the opportunities for sustainable production in integrated aquaculture value chains, establishing a technical baseline of target communities and identifying and scaling the best combinations for integrated seawater Farming of Finfish-Bivalves-Seaweed in target communities.

The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds, including aquaculture, fish nutrition, production systems, gender, climate change, scaling of innovations, science communication, rural development, and bioprocesses.


The successful candidate will be responsible to:

  • Take primary responsibility for research implementation, data collection, data validation, quality assurance and analysis to achieve the research deliverables of work package 2 of the BlueTech Superhighway project in Bangladesh.
  • Support the design and implementation of research and developments activities in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.
  • Work collaboratively with the work package lead, the Project Leader, and other senior experts. This includes engaging with WorldFish and partner scientists across other geographies to learn from, and contribute to, a growing body of work on IMTA.
  • Mentor BSc/MSc and PhD students and interns from national and international universities and organization based in Bangladesh.
  • Ensure strong communication and coordination with local partners and build productive relations with investors and development partners from the public and private sectors for scaling out research results.
  • Under the guidance of senior team members, including the work package lead, produce high-quality scientific publications from project findings.
  • Represent the project and WorldFish in national and international fora.
  • Ensure timely reporting of project activities and outcomes per WorldFish and donor requirements.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for further feed work in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.


This job might be for you if you have the below skills and qualifications:

  • PhD in Aquaculture, Aquaculture Production Systems, Sustainable Aquaculture or related fields.
  • A candidate with at least 2 years of highly relevant research experience will be considered for a scientist position where study experience is also highly relevant to the requirements of this position.
  • Proven ability to develop and apply research on aquaculture production systems and sustainable aquaculture. Research on marine aquaculture ecosystems and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture will be highly valued.
  • Proven competency with research design and statistical analysis.
  • Strong publication track record for stage of career in relevant international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Proven competency with the dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.
  • Experience with working with rural communities in Africa, Asia or the Pacific.
  • Motivation for high-quality science and delivery of impact from research.
  • Show proven interest and ability to develop and maintain a professional network in the field of IMTA research.
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity and proven record of effective working relationships in multi-disciplinary, diverse teams.
  • Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Good leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Project management experience.
  • History of applying research outcomes to policy development.
  • Experience developing information and education materials for government and community stakeholders.
  • Experience in resource mobilization in the field of aquaculture development.


This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position and WorldFish offers a competitive remuneration package including comprehensive benefits (but not limited to) insurance coverage for staff and eligible dependents, employer provident fund contribution, paid leave and others. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with possibility for extension, depending on funding and performance.

Location: The post holder will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment.

WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. Our Leadership Team is 50/50 in terms of its gender split and 60% of our management cadre are women.

We continue to seek diversity and gender balance across other dimensions and we support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage women and men from developing nations to apply.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 22 December 2023:

Apply Here

Screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.