Part-time technician in aquatic animal culture

Faculty of Science & Technology
School of Marine Science and Engineering

Ref: A1822
Salary £22879 to £26523 pa, pro rata– Grade 5

You will be required to work with Professor John Spicer and Dr Piero Calosi in collaboration with other members of the Ocean Acidification UK Programme on a NERC-funded project: Impacts of ocean acidification on key benthic ecosystems, communities, habitats, species and life cycles. This is a multidisciplinary research programme which will involve working mainly, but not exclusively, on the campus of the University of Plymouth. The broad aim of the project is to determine the scope for adaptation in ecophysiological, life history and developmental traits in selected species of marine invertebrates exposed to elevated temperature and CO2 conditions.

You will be responsible for collecting live specimens, constructing and running (including day to day maintenance) laboratory experiments and culture facilities. You will also conduct daily measurements on seawater parameters and carry out ecophysiological, developmental and life history measures in animals in the laboratory and in the field as required. You will also be required to liaise and work with colleagues conducting experiments at PML.

You will be expected to complete general administrative duties including planning of experiments and logistics, data management and preparation of results. Flexible working hours (including out of hours) are a requirement of the role, as is the ability to travel independently to and from field sites (and other experimental facilities).

This is a part-time position working 30 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for two years in the first instance.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 1 September 2010.

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor John Spicer on 01752 584650 or email john.spicer(at) although applications must be made in accordance with the details shown.

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 16 August 2010

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