WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances, and translates aquatic food systems science into scalable solutions. We vision an inclusive world of healthy, well-nourished people and a sustainable blue planet, now and in the future. Our mission is to end hunger and advance progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through science and innovation to transform food, land, and water systems with aquatic foods for healthier people and the planet. 
For over 45-years, WorldFish’s data, evidence, and insights have shaped practices, policies and investments to end hunger and advance sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. We have a global presence across 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, with 460 staff of 30 nationalities deployed where the most significant sustainable development challenges can be addressed through holistic aquatic food systems solutions. Embedded in local, national, and international partnerships, our work sets agendas, builds capacities, and supports decision-making for climate action, food and nutrition security, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, blue economy, OneHealth, and AgriTech, integrating gender, youth, and social inclusion.
About SLU 
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a research-intensive institution focused on the sustainable use and management of biological natural resources, and is internationally recognized for its programs in rural development, natural resource management, animal science, and landscape architecture. Within SLU, the Department of Animal Nutrition and Management (HUV) conducts basic and applied research to create sustainable and profitable animal production with good care and high-quality food. HUV’s research encompasses agricultural production animals, sports, and companion animals, and the department is responsible for basic education, research, and postgraduate education in areas related to nutritional physiology, feed science, management issues, and aquaculture. HUV offers an environment that studies metabolic processes, nutrient utilization, and animal management in various production systems.
The sustainable expansion of small-scale fish farming in Zambia is hindered by feed scarcity, unsustainability, and high costs. To overcome these challenges, it is necessary to develop locally-sourced, sustainable feed ingredients and build local capacity for testing and creating new feed solutions. However, many local feed millers and smallholder fish farmers lack the skills to access, evaluate, and improve local ingredients, as well as formulate balanced diets. A new WorldFish-led, Norad-funded project “Development and Scaling of Sustainable Feeds for Resilient Aquatic Food Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (FASA)” is being implemented in Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya, with additional research activities conducted at WorldFish headquarters (Malaysia) and SLU (Sweden).
WorldFish and SLU are seeking a nationally recruited PhD student to support the achievement of the project goal in Zambia. During this project, the PhD student will investigate the nutritional qualities of locally-available feed ingredients, improve their quality through processing technologies, screen ingredients using Artemia system for nutraceutical properties, and create novel, cost-effective, and sustainable feed formulations that meet the nutritional requirements of both wild-type and improved strains of farmed fish species (mainly Tilapia) in Zambia. In addition, the PhD student in close association with key stakeholders in the country (private feed companies, NGOs) will also aid in the transfer of the knowledge gained through this project to local feed millers and fish farmers.
The successful candidate has a joint affiliation with WorldFish Zambia office and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden and will conduct their research within the framework of Norad-funded FASA project led by WorldFish. The candidate will be based in Zambia with WorldFish for approximately 18 months to conduct field experiments and in Sweden with the Department of Animal Nutrition and Management at SLU for approximately 30 months to participate and complete the required PhD courses, write a PhD research proposal, complete PhD experimental works, write scientific papers, and defend the PhD thesis.
  • Conduct course work at SLU.
  • Write a PhD research proposal.
  • Design and conduct scientific experiments at SLU and Zambia.
  • Write scientific, technical and outreach articles.
  • Present at workshops and conferences.
  • Write and defend the PhD thesis.
  • Work collaboratively with the other technicians and scientists at WorldFish and SLU.
  • Develop productive partnerships to further feeds research in Zambia, for the adoption of the innovation resulting from the PhD research.
  • Build productive relations with investors and development partners from public and private sectors for scaling out research results in Zambia.
  • Mentor BSc/MSc students and interns from national and international universities and organization, who are involved in the project.
  • Plan, organize, execute and report on PhD project progress in dialogue with senior as well as junior staff/employees and external partners.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization for further feeds work in Zambia and in other WF countries.
  • Support WorldFish country office in Zambia.
Entry requirements
Applicants for this studentship must have obtained:
  • Applicants must possess an MSc Degree in Aquaculture, Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition, Nutritional Biochemistry, or a similar field. The ideal candidate should have a strong academic background and a keen interest in animal nutrition, animal feed technology, immunology and nutritional biochemistry.
This opportunity will be suitable for you if you have the below skills and qualifications:
  • Relevant knowledge and experience in animal feed, nutrition, and nutritional biochemistry or nutritional immunology.
  • Practical laboratory experience.
  • Experience in performing fish nutritional trials and tissue samplings, and nutraceuticals screenings using Artemia model system.
  • Knowledge of biochemical analysis, gene expression, immune system, microbiome and omics assays.
  • Innovative skills with the ability to generate new ideas and implement them in practice.
  • Independent problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, with a high level of autonomy and creativity.
Desirable Skills and Experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong technical and scientific writing skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Good leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Project management experience.
The studentship will cover the cost of international tuition fees, supervision fees, international travels, plus stipend for 4 years. Interviews are expected to be held in June 2023. Only shortlisted candidate will be notified and expected to attend the interview.
How to apply
Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information online latest by 02 June 2023 and incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.
  • CV (no more than 2 pages including list of publications).
  • Motivation letter.
  • Transcript and certificate of academic documents.
  • Certificate of IELTS.
  • Two recommendation letters from the referees.
Screening will start as soon as possible, and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.