[Coral-List] Postdoctoral research associate: variation in thermal tolerance in reef building corals

James Guest jrguest at gmail.com
Tue May 16 06:44:13 EDT 2017

Dear Coral-list

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to study
the physiological and genetic basis for variation in thermal tolerance in
reef building corals. 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 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. The candidate must
have a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or a related
topic and knowledge of proteogenomic workflows and their implementation.
Field experience working with scleractinian corals and a SCUBA
certification are desirable. The post holder will conduct research into the
physiological and genetic basis for variation in thermal tolerance and the
extent to which phenotypic traits in corals are heritable. The successful
candidate will be required to process and analyse samples of scleractinian
corals and algal symbionts and should have a track record of producing
high-quality reproducible biochemical data suitable for publication. 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. Achim Treumann at the
Newcastle University Protein and Proteome Analysis core facility & 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 a partner international
conservation NGO, SECORE International (www.secore.org). The candidate will
provide support for a second postdoctoral research associate who will
conduct field experiments examining the feasibility of seeding coral
populations with more thermally tolerant corals.

The position is fixed term, full time for 4 years and should start as soon
after September 1 2017 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 13 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: D71652R.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr James Guest (jrguest at gmail.com),
Dr John Bythell (john.bythell at ncl.ac.uk) and Dr Achim Treumann (
achim.treumann at newcastle.ac.uk).

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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