Research Assistant (Fish Feeds)

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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:” 

About the Position  

The new Norad-funded project “Development and Scaling of Sustainable Feeds for Resilient Aquatic Food Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (FASA)” will be implemented in Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Malaysia and Sweden. WorldFish is seeking a nationally recruited Aquaculture worker to support the achievement of the project goal in Malaysia and globally. The primary purpose of this position is to support the aquaculture research activities of the project in Penang, Malaysia. The candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds, including fish nutrition, gender, climate change, scaling of innovations, science communication, rural development and bioprocesses.  

The candidate will focus on the rearing of fish in the aquaculture facility, the operation and maintenance of the aquaculture facility, the collection of data of fish growth and water quality parameters, fish sampling, sample collection and processing, feed production, and support in the analysis of ingredients, feeds and fish samples at the analytical laboratory in Penang, Malaysia, under the direction of WorldFish Project Leader and Senior Scientist based in Malaysia. 

Key Responsibilities   

  • Organize, operate and maintain the materials and equipment in the research facility (wet laboratory) for fish feeds and nutrition research in Penang, Malaysia. 
  • Assist in the planning of experiments in Penang, Malaysia. 
  • Rear fish, collect data on fish growth and water quality before, during and after the experiments. 
  • Sample fish and process the samples to make them ready for analysis. 
  • Assist the scientists and laboratory assistants in Penang to achieve the overall research agenda of the fish feeds and nutrition team. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Operations and Laboratory Manager of WorldFish Penang to ensure that the activities of the research facility comply with the rules and regulations of WorldFish. 
  • Guide students and intern welcomed by the Project Leader and Senior Scientist based in Malaysia. 


The successful candidate will have:  

  • At least a Diploma or bachelor's degree in related field. 
  • Knowledge about aquaculture and fisheries. 
  • Practical experience raising fish for research (fish feeding, caring and breeding; monitoring of fish growth and health, etc.).  
  • Practical experience operating and maintaining a fish rearing facility. 
  • Knowledge of many production systems (tanks, pond, flow through and recirculating aquaculture systems). 
  • Knowledge in the collection of research data. 
  • Knowledge in feed production using pelletizer, dryer, etc. 
  • Ability and willingness to work for long hours, under difficult field conditions and some weekends especially during experimental periods. 

Desirable Skills/Experience  

  • Able to communicate in English. 
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision.  



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

Your application must include: 

  • A copy of your curriculum vitae, 
  • A cover letter which addresses key requirements stated above; and 
  • Contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position. 


To be considered, applications must be submitted by no later than 24:00 (MYT), 05 June 2024

Location: The post holder will be based in Penang, Malaysia. This position may involve international travel. 

The 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 short-listed candidates will be contacted.  

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. We aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions.  

People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity.  

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

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