Postdoctoral research assistant in microbial ecology (ocean acidification)

University of Hull – Biological Sciences

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Applications are invited for a two-year fixed term position for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Microbial Ecology, working with Professor Mark Osborn within the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Hull.

This position provides an excellent opportunity for applicants interested in developing a research career in microbial ecology. The successful applicant will work on a NERC/Defra/DECC-funded project to investigate the impact of ocean acidification on the structure, diversity and function (nitrogen cycling) of microbial communities in marine sediments. This project is part of a 11-institution consortium grant project within the UK Ocean Acidification programme ( The successful candidate will work closely with researchers at the Scottish Association of Marine Sciences (SAMS) laboratory in Oban, Scotland; and will join an active research team working alongside PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in Prof. Osborn’s research group studying various aspects of microbial ecology.

A Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences subject (eg. Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Ecology, or similar) is required, and applicants should ideally have laboratory experience in a range of microbial ecology/molecular biology techniques such as DNA/RNA isolation, PCR/Q-PCR methodologies, DNA sequencing/pyrosequencing. Successful candidates will also have experience in experimental design and the use of multivariate analysis approaches. You will demonstrate a self-starting attitude, excellent time management, organisational and communication skills and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed term contract for a period of two years, and is available from the 1st February, 2011, or as soon as possible, thereafter.

To discuss this role informally, please contact Prof. Mark Osborn (email:

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