Post- Doctoral Research Fellow - 24 months FTC Edinburgh Napier University

Posted: 01 July 2019

Closing: 24 July 2019

Category: Non MASTS

Post- Doctoral Research Fellow - 24 months FTC

Application closing date: 24/07/2019

Salary: 32236 (Grade 5)

Further your research career with Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Job description:

We have an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow contributing to the project 'Microlanding - The role of the bacterial symbiont at the gill-water (air) interface in the evolution towards terrestrialisation'. Microlanding will assess animal terrestrialization under the metaorganism perspective, focussing on the effects of the animal-associated microbiome on the change of lifestyle from water to land using brachyuran crabs as model species. We expect Microlanding to create a new frontier in evolutionary biology and ecology by providing a knowledge base to expand the terrestrialisation paradigm from the animal alone to the holobiome. Microlanding takes a multifaceted approach by identifying, quantifying and imaging the symbiotic bacterial colonizers on the gills at different developmental stages of crabs with different levels of terrestrialization; by assessing the mode(s) of symbiont transmission by studying different organs and developmental stages; and by determining the functional role of the gill symbionts.

The role

The applicant will join the international project team involving Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. The research fellow will support the delivery of the project's work-package 2, focusing on symbiont transmission, in collaboration with Dr. Karen Diele (ENU) and Prof. Daniele Daffonchio (KAUST). The main objectives of this WP are (i) to develop a protocol  and successfully cultivate freshly laboratory hatched larvae of aquatic and semiterrestrial mangrove crab species to benthic juvenile; (ii) to identify and describe the number of larval stages, the stage when gills begin to develop, and the stage when gills are fully developed; (iii) to collaborate with Daffonchio's team to characterize the bacterial diversity associated with the different early life stages and (iv) to help identify whether and how (in which body compartments) bacteria are transmitted from stage to stage. The fellow will spend two periods of 6 months setting up and running the larval cultivation system at the Coastal & Marine Resources Lab (CMOR) at KAUST. The remaining months he/she will be based at ENU in Edinburgh. The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues delivering the other two work packages of Microlanding and contribute to the effective communication and publication of the outcomes.

Who we are looking for

The applicant will have a PhD in marine biology/ecology or related discipline, demonstrable expertise in cultivating marine invertebrate larvae and desirably training and skills in molecular ecology. The applicant will have experience in interdisciplinary teamwork, expertise in statistical data analysis and modelling, plus the ability to communicate complex information clearly in English, both orally and in writing.

For a detailed list of requirements, you can reach the full role profile here

Please note that the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment. We are unable to sponsor any candidate for this role.

Benefits we offer

In return, we offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement and offer an attractive benefits package. This includes a minimum of 46 days annual leave (includes bank holidays), a generous pension scheme, professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts

Further information about our benefits can be found here

Salary: GBP 32,236 (Grade 5)

Additional Information:

Application closing date: Wednesday 24th July 2019 (midnight GMT)
Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 6th August 2019 
Anticipated start date: Ideally September 2019 (or as close to September as possible)

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore, we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website:

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