Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Modelling Marine Microbial biodiversity

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,314 to £36,386 Per annum
06 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Marine Biogeochemistry

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £33,314 to £36,386 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/12/2024
Closing Date:  Friday 24 March 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2190723HN

We have an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the development of new theoretical approaches to understanding marine microbial biodiversity. As part of a much larger pan-European project investigating marine microbial diversity across multiple scales and disciplines, the successful candidate will be based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and will work collaboratively with a small team of theoretical ecologists and oceanographers in Southampton, Paris and Naples. The project requires the application of individual-based models within a simulated ocean environment to investigate how different mechanisms contribute to marine biodiversity.

The post requires excellent quantitative skills, with a background in population genetics, theoretical ecology or ecosystem modelling, ideally with a focus on ocean microbial ecosystems. Experience with programming in Matlab, Python or equivalent is essential. At the University of Southampton, you will work closely with Dr Ben Ward, and in collaboration with Dr Hélène Morlon (École Normale Supérieure, Paris) and Prof Daniele Iudicone (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples). You will also have the opportunity to interact and work with staff and students across the wider Marine Biogeochemistry research group, School of Ocean and Earth Science and colleagues at the National Oceanography Centre

Applicants should have a PhD (or equivalent) in theoretical ecology, population genetics or ecosystem modelling, along with a publication record appropriate to their research experience. They will be expected to play a full role in the timely write-up and publication of the study results, and to participate in national and international ecology and ocean science conferences.

We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role, and those who are committed to helping us create a diverse and inclusive work environment.

We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities. We recognise that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. We offer a generous holiday allowance and additional University closure days, subsidised health and fitness facilities and access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

This position is available from 1st May 2023

Interviews will take place in March 2022.

For further enquiries please contact Dr Ben Ward ( 

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Application Procedure 

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Quote the advert reference on all correspondence.

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