[Coral-List] Research Fellow in Quantitative Tropical Marine Ecology at the University of Leeds

Maria Beger m.beger at uq.edu.au
Tue Dec 4 23:24:26 UTC 2018

Dear Coral-Listers,

I am looking for a Research Fellow in Quantitative Tropical Marine Ecology for a funded 2.5 years post at the University of Leeds in the UK.
This position is funded by a NERC Wallacea grant to Prof D Smith, Dr A Dumbrell (both Essex), Prof J Jompa, G Limmon, and Dr M Beger (Leeds), entitled “Gradients of marine biodiversity and linkages with eDNA across the Wallacea Region”. The project aims to evaluate how species interaction networks for coral reef taxa respond to human stressors. We will employ a dual approach to collecting field data, and evaluate how networks produced through eDNA data compare to those constructed with survey data.

The role will entail the organisation, management and participation in five major coral reef field surveys in Wallacea, together with partners. You will characterise ecological species interaction networks with both visual census data and data collected with eDNA methods and publish in high-impact peer-reviewed papers.

You should have a PhD in quantitative marine ecology or a relevant area of research, and have expertise in coral reef ecology, ecological modelling, big data manipulation, and have an excellent publication record commensurate with career stage. You have solid coral reef field experience with fish identification skills and are SCUBA qualified to a minimum of PADI DM or equivalent.  There will be a fair bit of fieldwork in the first year, so the position does not suit someone unable to travel.

The main tasks are (but see website for the full list):
-Planning and conducting a programme of investigation;
-Organising the logistics of five major coral reef survey field seasons in Wallacea;
-Participating in the field surveys, hopefully doing species level fish assessments;
-Developing models of and characterise ecological species interaction networks with different data types, including species abundance data from visual census and OTU presence data from eDNA methods;
-Writing, supervising, collaborating, publishing…

The deadline for applications is 27th December 2018, with interviews expected in early January 2019 and a start date in March. Applicants need to apply through the website: https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=FBSBY1096.

I would be very grateful if you could send out this opportunity to any potential applicants you know.

All the best, Maria

Dr Maria Beger
University Academic Fellow in Conservation Science
School of Biology
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

+44 7498 200113 Tel
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
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