Upcoming research opportunities

The following opportunities for two Post-doc positions on Coccolithophore Eco-physiology and Ocean Biogeochemical Modelling are now available at the Heriot-Watt University. Additionally, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Research Associate to join the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia to conduct studies on Marine Biogeochemistry.

  • Post-doctoral position in Coccolithophore Eco-physiology (18 months)
    Go to Heriot-Watt University website for this opportunity
    We seek a motivated post-doctoral researcher with experience in coccolithophore biology to join the CHALKY (Coccolithophore controls on ocean alkalinity) project team. The position involves examining variability in coccolithophore physiology and species composition in the context of nutrient availability and along natural temperature gradients.  Further details of the post can be found by following the link.
     
  • Post-doctoral position in Ocean Biogeochemical Modelling (26 months)
    Go to Heriot-Watt University website for this opportunity
    We seek a motivated post-doctoral researcher with experience in conducting research on the ocean carbon cycle using computer modelling tools. The position relates to the Horizon Europe and UKRI funded project Ocean-ICU (link) and assessments of physical, biological and climatic impacts on the ocean carbon cycle, in close collaboration with Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environment (LSCE, Paris) and the University of Exteter (UK). The position involves exploring how biogeochemical model parameterizations of pelagic carbonate producing organisms in terms of biodiversity and dissolution of their carbonate tests influences ocean alkalinity. Further details of the post can be found by following the link.

Application deadline for both: 29th February 2024

  • PhD - Biological and chemical drivers of calcium carbonate dissolution in the ocean (42 months)
    Go to Heriot-Watt University website for this opportunity
    The successful candidate will have at least an upper second-class (2:1) undergraduate honours degree in the relevant subject area and ideally a Masters Degree. Essential - A background in marine science or oceanography, with familiarity of seawater chemistry and ocean biogeochemistry. General laboratory skills and/or experience are also needed, including knowledge of analytical techniques though further training will be provided. Desirable - Specific analytical skills, such as analysis of water chemistry or image analysis, coding skills (R, Python) to allow model use. PhD stipend open to UK home students only.

    Application deadline: 22nd March 2024


Senior Research Associate
University of East Anglia, Faculty of Science, School of Environmental Sciences
Ref: RA2173

Go to the UEA website for this opportunity

Starting salary from £36,333 per annum, dependent on skills and experience, with an annual increment up to £43,155 per annum.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Research Associate to join the School of Environmental Sciences to conduct studies on Marine Biogeochemistry.

We are looking for a Senior Research Associate (SRA) in biological carbon pump research to work on a project investigating the role of coccolithophores in marine carbon cycling and how this might change in a warmer ocean. The post is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as part of its BIO-carbon program, which aims to better understand carbon cycling and the biological carbon pump in the North Atlantic. The project is looking specifically at Challenge 1 of BIO-carbon, and how the respiration of coccolithophores and bacteria influence carbon cycling and air-sea fluxes of carbon dioxide.

You will be responsible for at-sea measurements of the respiration of different size classes of the plankton using standard and novel techniques. You will be expected to participate in a field campaign planned for May-June 2024 onboard one of NERCs state-of-the-art research ships. During the field campaign and on return to the laboratory, you will be responsible for working with the wider BIO-carbon team and close collaborators to process samples and analyse the data. 
    
You will have a PhD level research degree in Biological or Chemical Oceanography, equivalent qualification or experience in a relevant research area. You will also have experience of independent research, have publications in respected journals or equivalent within the field and be able to work in a proactive and results driven manner in a high paced environment. You must meet all essential criteria within the candidate brochure. 
    
This full-time post is available on a fixed term basis for up to 14 months.

Further information on our great benefits package, including 44 days annual leave inclusive of Bank Holidays and University Customary days (pro rata for part-time), can be found on our benefits page.

Closing date: 11 March 2024

The University holds an Athena Swan Silver Institutional Award in recognition of our advancement towards gender equality.