Job Position: 
Postdoctoral and Professional
Closing Date: 
Monday, July 31, 2017

Vacancy for Postdoctoral Researcher, Falklands Marine Forest Habitats

Salary: £32,825 per annum plus benefits

Location: London

Role summary

We are seeking a project officer for 18 months. The project presents an unusual and exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and well-qualified person. This project is focussed around documenting seaweed diversity and training in seaweed identification in the Falklands and is in collaboration with the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) based in Stanley, Falkland Islands. SAERI is an academic organisation conducting research in the South Atlantic from the tropics down to the ice in Antarctica. SAERI's remit includes the natural and physical sciences. It aims to conduct world class research, teach students, and build capacity within and between the South Atlantic Overseas Territories.

Kelp forests provide spawning grounds for the Falklands squid fishery, and are a major habitat for red listed cetaceans. However, they are potentially threatened by offshore oil exploration, invasive species and climate change. Falkland’s seaweeds are not well inventoried, yet this knowledge is a critical for their Biodiversity Framework. The aim of the project is to provide tools to enable environmental management through habitat monitoring by filling a major gap in baseline knowledge of seaweed biodiversity, populating local information systems and providing training in species identification.

The role of the project officer will be to:

  • make collections to fill gaps in the Falklands collections,
  • database all seaweed specimens,
  • identify species using molecular approaches,
  • document species distributions/habitats through GIS maps,
  • develop an illustrated guide to the common seaweeds of the Falklands. 

This will include at least one fieldtrip to the Falklands. There will also be opportunities for outreach initiatives. The project officer will also be responsible for the day to day management of the project.

The person will be based in the department of Life Sciences which is made up of researchers, curators and support staff who are working on a wide range of organisms in the natural world. They curate and have access to the extraordinary collections with > 70 million specimens.  The department has a strong research record in the study of algae, notably in seaweed taxonomy, phylogenetics and conservation.  It is home to one of the largest seaweed collections in the world and has the greatest geographical reach.  Notably for this project, the Falklands seaweed collections are a unique resource with > 4000 specimens dating from the 1840s to the present.

How to apply

Please complete your application online in our recruitment portal.

You should upload the following documents:

·         A comprehensive curriculum vitae giving details of relevant achievements in recent posts as well as your education and professional qualifications.

·         A covering letter that summarises your interest in this post, providing evidence of your ability to match the criteria outlined in the Person Specification.  Please ensure your letter includes details of your latest salary and notice period.

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