Associate research fellow in ecophysiology of ocean acidification

Job reference: R10635
Date posted: 15/08/2011
Application closing date: 19/09/2011
Location: Exeter
Salary: £24,370
Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme, car lease scheme

Job description:

College of Life and Environmental Sciences – Biosciences

Fixed Term contract for 13 months

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher to work in the laboratories of Drs Rod Wilson and Ceri Lewis on a NERC funded grant, to start as soon as possible. This is part of the UKOARP (Ocean Acidification Research Programme) and the project is a collaboration with Swansea University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and Strathclyde University. The project will investigate the effects of temperature and CO2 on the early life stages of marine invertebrates and fish of commercial importance. The PDRA will be based at Exeter, using our new state-of-the-art GBP 6M aquarium facility, and will regularly visit the Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Research ( in Swansea to work on animals undergoing longer term exposures. Data on growth, performance, fitness etc. will feed into population modelling studies and ultimately allow us to address the socio-economic impacts of future ocean conditions on these species.

Applicants will possess a PhD with a strong aquatic ecophysiology component, ideally with some molecular expertise (e.g. qPCR, immunolocalisation, proteomics). They will collect and analyse physiological data from long-term exposures at Swansea, as well as running bespoke experiments exploring detailed mechanisms at Exeter. The successful applicant should be a confident, independent scientist with a good knowledge of the discipline, and strong communication skills with the ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team at two locations. They will be expected to play a major role in the design of the Exeter experiments, prepare data for publication and assist in training of graduate students.

For further information please contact Dr Rod Wilson, (e-mail or telephone ( 01392) 724652.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

Interviews are likely to be held by the end of September 2011.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive About Disabled People’: if you have a disability, you should mention this in your application. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


Please send your CV, covering letter and the details of three referees to Dr Rod Wilson quoting the reference number P42385 in any correspondence

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