[Coral-List] Postdoctoral research associate: assisted gene flow in coral populations

James Guest jrguest at gmail.com
Fri May 12 05:09:08 EDT 2017

Dear Coral-List,

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to study
the feasibility of assisted gene flow in coral populations. The position is
on a five-year, European Research Council funded project that spans the
disciplines of evolutionary biology, restoration ecology, genomics and
proteomics. The candidate will be based in the School of Biology at
Newcastle University in the north-east of England, but will conduct diving
field work in Palau, Micronesia. The overall aim of the project is to
examine the role that assisted gene flow can play in sustaining coral reefs
in the face of climate change, using a combination of selective breeding
and innovative coral translocation techniques. The candidate must have a
PhD and extensive experience in coral biology, reef ecology and scuba
diving field work. Experience with coral reproductive and larval biology is
highly desirable. The post holder will conduct research that examines the
capacity of corals to withstand thermal stress, the extent to which
adaptive traits in corals are heritable and the feasibility of seeding
coral populations with more thermally tolerant corals. This is an exciting
opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to join a five-year project that
addresses a highly topical subject in current reef science. The candidate
will work directly with Dr James Guest, Prof. John Bythell, Prof. Alasdair
Edwards in the School of Biology. There will also be opportunities for the
candidate to contribute to a global coral reef restoration initiative with
an international conservation organisation, SECORE International (
www.secore.org). The candidate will also provide support for a second
postdoctoral research associate who will examine the physiological and
genetic basis of thermal tolerance in corals working with Dr. Achim
Treumann at the Newcastle University Protein and Proteome Analysis core

The position is fixed term, full time for 5 years starting from August 1
2017 and ideally the candidate should start as soon after that date as
possible. Salary range is £29,301 - £38,183. Details of employee benefits
at Newcastle University can be found at:

The closing date for application is 08 June 2017. Applications should be
submitted online via Newcastle University’s Job Vacancy site at the
following URL: https://vacancies.ncl.ac.uk/LoginV2.aspx. The job code for
this position is: D70527R.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr James Guest, email:
jrguest at gmail.com.

The School/Institute holds a bronze/silver Athena SWAN award in addition to
the University’s silver award in recognition of our good employment
practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also
holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the
career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess
initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

*James R. Guest, PhD,*

*Powell Fellow*
*Gates Lab*
*Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology*
*46-007 Lilipuna Road*
*HI 96744*

Email: jrguest at gmail.com

Webpage: http://gatescorallab.com/james-guest

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