Postdoctoral research assistant at the Marine Biological Association (MBA), Plymouth, UK

Postdoctoral Research Assistant £25,751-28,938.

A 12 month PDRA position funded through the EU FP7 project European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) is available to study the molecular mechanisms of calcification in coccolithophores. The successful candidate will join a team of scientists based primarily at the MBA who investigate molecular mechanisms of calcification in coccolithophores such as Emiliania huxleyi, Gephyrocapsa oceanica and Coccolithus pelagicus. The project aims are to characterize further genes identified to be involved in calcification by using a selection of bioinformatics and molecular techniques (PCR, Q-PCR, sequencing and heterologous expression systems). Protein function will be investigated in-vitro using methods that will include SDS-PAGE, native PAGE, 2D electrophoresis and immunoblotting.

Facilities relevant to this proposal include a fully equipped MBA Molecular Suite, which includes technologies for gene transfer (electroporation, biolistics), gene expression (high-throughput real-time PCR, Agilent bioanalyser) and protein biochemistry. The PDRA will work closely with collaborators at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Informal enquiries may be made to either Dr Declan Schroeder ( or to Prof Colin Brownlee (

Applicants for the PDRA position should send a specific cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae describing research achievements and experience, along with the names and contact details of three referees to:

PA to the Director (Cynthia Carpenter), Marine Biological Association of the UK, the Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth PL1 2PB, UK. Email applications (marked EPOCA/DS/CB) may be sent to
Closing date: 14 May 2010

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