Organic Fertilizer Development from Fish Waste - ON-144

Preferred Disciplines: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biology (Master, PhD)
Company: Great Lakes Greenhouses
Project Length:  4 months (may be extended)
Desired start date: ASAP
Location: Leamington, Ontario 
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Language: English

About the Company: 

Great Lakes Greenhouses is North America’s largest cucumber producer with 90-acres of production in Leamington, ON that produces 4.9 million dozen cucumbers annually.

Project Description:

Great Lakes Greenhouses is working to develop an organic fertilizer from locally sourced commercial fish waste by-product. We are looking for a candidate to conduct bench level experiments to achieve potential fertilizer formulations and assist in scaling up commercial production.

Research Objectives:

  • Achieve certifiable organic fertilizer from fish offal feedstock with desired Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium composition


  • Determine optimal process and formula through experimentation with Hydrolysate, emulsion, and other identified process experiments

Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • Strong knowledge and experience to conduct lab work with the ability to interpret and apply scientific theory to practical applications
    • Interpret and apply biology/chemistry theory and processes in laboratory environment
    • Be able to conduct work with large volumes of processed raw fish waste

    For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

    1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.

    2. Complete this webform. You will be asked to upload your CV. Remember to indicate the title of the project(s) you are interested in and obtain your professor’s approval to proceed!

    3. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Katie Facecchia at, kfacecchia(at)