School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine
Ecosystem Engineers

31,604 - 38,833

The Institute for Life and Earth Sciences (ILES) undertakes multidisciplinary research in the areas of Environment, Health and Food Science, based both in Edinburgh and at the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) in the Orkney Isles, which specialised in renewable energy, marine science and environmental resources. Further information about ILES can be obtained at -

The Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology is a collaborative venture between Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey. Jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, Scottish Funding Council and Heriot-Watt, the Lyell Centre promotes innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine and terrestrial ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering. This multi-disciplinary research cluster brings science and technology together to tackle major issues of natural resource and energy supply in a responsible and sustainable way.

Within the Lyell Centre, the successful applicant will be based within the Benthic Ecology, Biogeochemistry and In-Situ Technology group. This multidisciplinary group investigates the biogeochemistry and ecology of a range of marine ecosystems from shallow-water coastal environments to the deep sea, as well as developing technologies to enable those investigations.

The primary role will be to contribute to the Leverhulme Trust funded project "Elucidating the light harvesting strategy of the world's deepest living marine algae", working with Dr Heidi Burdett (Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University), Profs Graham Turnbull and Ifor Samuel (University of St Andrews) and Dr Tadhg O'Donovan (Heriot-Watt University). Specifically, the job requires expert knowledge in the culture and maintenance of red coralline algae, analysis of their (photo)physiology and skeletal characteristics and field validation. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and proposals, presenting the research at national and international conferences and contributing to the management of this challenging project as opportunities allow.

The successful candidate will have (or soon to be awarded) a PhD in marine or environmental science.

The post is available for 24 months.

For application details and further information please go to:

Ref: IRC14489

Closing Date: 8th June 2018

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