Research Associate in Marine Protist-Plankton Ecophysiology

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
Vacancy Number: 9968BR

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position (RA), forming part of the Sêr Cymru project: "Living with the Perfect Beast; establishing MixoHUB, a centre of excellence for mixoplankton research in Wales" led by Dr Aditee Mitra.

The focus of this Sêr Cymru project is to build "MixoHUB", a dynamic cross-disciplinary research group of international excellence based in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences with close collaborations with the School of Engineering and the Water Research Institute. Through establishment of a unique and impactful research group, for combined empirical and in silico research on the new mixoplankton paradigm, this project will thus develop national and international capability at Cardiff University, in a globally important arena.

This RA position in Marine Protist-Plankton Ecophysiology is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the building of the new MixoHUB at Cardiff University. Working with Dr Aditee Mitra and Dr Rupert Perkins at The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and Dr Reza Ahmadian at the School of Engineering, the role of the RA is to establish and maintain cultures of different mixoplankton species (e.g., Karlodinium, Prymnesium, Strombidium), and to conduct laboratory-based experiments on mixoplankton ecophysiology using a range of different techniques and instrumentation. The data thus generated will aid in systems dynamics modelling work. The RA will receive training in utilization of laboratory experimental data for systems dynamics ecophysiology modelling.

The RA will work in close collaboration with other MixoHUB associated staff including another MixoHUB RA who will be incorporating and implementing systems dynamics food-web processes of protist plankton within hydro-environmental models. The MixoHUB RAs will also have opportunities to collaborate with other projects linked to the hub, such as EC-funded Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions ITN MixITiN ( ) and EU funded EERES4WATER ( ).

In addition to the above duties, the RA will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high quality peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and international conferences, develop outreach opportunities related to the MixoHUB project, and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants.

The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject involving protist plankton physiology, with demonstrable expertise in culture work and at least one of the following: mixoplankton ecophysiology &/or marine plankton ecology &/or marine Harmful Algal Bloom ecophysiology.

This position is full time (35 hours per week) and is a fixed-term appointment until 31 March 2023. The target start date is 1st October 2020.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Aditee Mitra, email:

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact John Evans, email:

Important Notes:

Applications can only be accepted via the online system.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.

Closing date: Saturday 8 August 2020.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

posted: 15 July 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.