We are looking for a Marine Biologist to conduct investigations into early life history stages of nearshore marine communities to understand how recruitment dynamics are being affected by changes in the Southern Ocean surrounding Rothera Research Station, West Antarctic Peninsula. Wintering at Rothera Research Station, you will be responsible for developing and implementing a research programme to conduct ecological surveys of early life history stages. The role will involve developing projects within 3 broad areas, 1) year round, depth stratified plankton surveys 2) taxonomic identification of larvae and settled juveniles and 3) marine larval husbandry. This will involve: plankton sampling by SCUBA diving or from small boats; deploying settlement panels by SCUBA diving or ROV to study recruitment; and studying embryo and larval development in the aquarium facilities. Other duties include specimen collection, aquarium husbandry, preservation of samples, data analysis and preparation of data for manuscript publication.
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Within the Biodiversity, Evolution and Adaptations team, this project will investigate the dynamics of early life history stages.
There is also an opportunity to work with experienced members of the team to direct the scope of investigations. The position involves year round SCUBA diving from small boats and through sea ice, use of a range of laboratory techniques to identify species and gather the ecological information that will feed into long term studies of shallow water communities in this region. The post involves a minimum of 1.5 years (that can be extended to 2.5 years) at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station, Antarctica and is expected to result in high quality scientific publications. The post holder will be expected to play a role in planning, organisation, and implementation of this research programme whilst also supporting a diverse range of other marine science projects, and station activities, particularly during the summer months. In addition, as a member of a small wintering team (~20 personnel) you will be expected to take a share of station duties (cooking, cleaning, night watch etc).
To organise and implement the proposed research programme, which be selected from the following research areas depending on the logistics and the successful candidate’s expertise:
To play an active role as a member of the marine team, supporting a diverse range of marine projects.
Due to the remote location in the Antarctic strong organisational and interpersonal skills are required for this post
Please quote reference: BAS 21/26
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