PhD Programme

SAIC’s PhD programme, worth over £500,000, will fund four PhD positions, each tackling an area of priority research for the industry.

Find out about the priority research areas

PhD Programme

These SAIC PhDs are part of a skills initiative which is closely allied with industry requirements. Three of the PhD projects will focus on fish health issues and one addresses the needs of mussel farmers, creating collaborative partnerships between academia and industry.

SAIC PhD programme
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£500,000 worth of funding

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Innovation and industry engagement

Priority research areas

Each of the four PhD positions focuses on an area of research with the capacity to progress the sustainable growth of Scottish aquaculture, as outlined below:

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DYNAMIC SPATIAL MODELLING AND FORECASTING OF SEA LICE ABUNDANCES

Predictive tools to understand where sea lice present the greatest geographical pressures.

Partners: the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and Mowi Scotland

Fish health

PHOTOPERIOD AND IMMUNE FUNCTION

How critical lifecycle events in salmon impact on disease response and post-smolt performance – i.e. to better understand how photoperiod / artificial light regimes affect the salmon’s immune system through the critical transfer from freshwater to seawater.

Partners: The University of Aberdeen and Scottish Sea Farms

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ENVIRONMENTAL DNA FOR LOW-COST MONITORING OF DISEASE IN SALMONID AQUACULTURE

More efficient and cost-effective ways to monitor the presence of a range of pathogenic / dangerous organisms in the local environment of salmon aquaculture, e.g. Paramoeba peruransLepeophtheirus salmonis, Caligus elongatus (the two species of sea lice found in Scottish waters) and amoeba, the causative agent of AGD (Amoebic Gill Disease).

Partners: University of Glasgow, Mowi Scotland, Scottish Sea Farms and Bioclavis

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SPAT MORTALITY IN FARMED SCOTTISH BLUE MUSSELS

Understanding the causes of mortality in Scottish Blue Mussels (Mytilus Edulis) spat fall to enhance the productivity of Scottish mussel farms.

Partners: University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture and Fassfern Mussels Ltd, with additional funding from The Fishmongers’ Company.