Early Stage Researcher

About Us

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a world-class visitor attraction, leading science research centre and commercial event space.

Our Earth Sciences Department houses a large and active research collection, ranging from microfossils to meteorites and mammoths. Experts from the NHM and institutions across the world develop and use our collections in a friendly and inspiring environment. The Division of Invertebrates and Plants cares for over 9 million specimens and is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world with particular strengths in its worldwide systematic and faunal collections. Our research interests include documenting the history of Life on Earth and working to apply i nformation from the fossil record to help inform potential trajectories of ecosystem response to our changing world.

We are at a pivotal moment in our history as we seek to appoint 2 Early Stage Researchers. In the summer we will launch a new strategy setting out our role as the natural world faces increasing threats; making this a truly exciting time to be part of the NHM team.

About the role

This is an opportunity for an Early Stage Researcher to join a Marie Sklodowska- Curie Research Network including 15 ESRs working in 10 European Universities, Museums, and Businesses. The aim of this trans-disciplinary research network is to document the past , present, and potential future of coral reef ecosystems in the Coral Triangle region of Southeast Asia.

The network will implement a complete training program including theoretical and practical courses, guided by international experts, which will allow ESRs to become successful interdisciplinary scient ists, expected to lead the field of coral reef palaeoecology in the next decades.

In particular we will focus on so-called "marginal" turbid water ecosystems that might act as critical ecological refugia as reefs respond to anthropogenic change.

You will study coral growth and bioerosion rates to document the ecosystem functioning of fossil and modern reefs in Coral Triangle. This work will include analysis of large datasets from X-ray computed tomography to extract ecological information from fossil and modern corals. To develop the high throughput data and analysis pipeline required for this project, you will apply innovative new methods of computer vision and artificial intelligence.

About you

You will have a Bachelors or Masters degree in Earth or Life Sciences (palaeontology, marine biology, or related fields), with previous experience of working with fossil and modern biological samples. Your ability to design and implement quantitative a nalysis of large scientific datasets, will compliment your experience with writing and presenting research results.

Essential Criteria:
Candidates of any nationality can apply, however in order to be eligible for the position (as defined by the funder of this post) the following criteria needs to be met by all applicants:

1) The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

2) The applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host institute (the UK) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Closing 16 September 2019

Please apply by visiting the NHM Careers Website - https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/templates/CIPHR/job_list.aspx

posted: 29 August 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.