Postdoctoral research associate in deep-sea biodiversity, University of Edinburgh

Closing date for applications: 12 January 2017!

We are looking for a PDRA to create new explanatory models of environmental drivers of biodiversity trends in the deep North Atlantic Ocean, and assess Good Environmental Status (GES) as part of the European ATLAS project . The project will progress research on the biodiversity of Scotland’s seamounts, banks, continental slope and shelf but also at a site in the High Seas. The project will analyse both video/stills and faunal samples to create explanatory and spatially explicit statistical models that explain trends in deep ocean biodiversity across gradients in oceanography, bathymetry, geology and carbon flux. ATLAS is a multidisciplinary trans-Atlantic collaboration between Europe, Canada and the USA, and aims to develop an adaptive ecosystem-based approach to marine spatial management in the deep North Atlantic. This post is full time, fixed term for 36 months and is available from 1 February 2017; or as soon as possible thereafter.

  • PhD project “Biogeographical patterns in the deep ocean: environmental, biological, and historical drivers in the North Atlantic” (link)
  • PhD project “Physiology and carbon cycling of North Atlantic coral ecosystems in a changing ocean” (link)

Knowledge, skills and experience needed for the job


• PhD (or near completion) in Aquatic, Biological, or Zoological Sciences
• Proven skills in microscopy and benthic taxonomy
• Strong analytical experience in ArcGIS and R
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, team-working and interpersonal skills
• Previous experience of dissemination and publication of personal and/or research team’s findings


• Analytical experience with Matlab, Python
• Proven track-record in publishing in academic journals
• Other languages, written or oral
• Understanding of conservation issues and ocean governance related to marine ecosystems at the national, EU and global level

Contact Person: Emma Blacklock, 0131 650 5851, hr(at)

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