[Coral-List] Two research positions available: Coral reef geoscience

Chris Perry chris.t.perry at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 11:41:55 UTC 2022

Two research positions available: Coral reef geoscience

We are currently looking to recruit both a postdoctoral level researcher
and a PhD student to a new project funded by the Leverhulme Trust that aims
to quantify how different aspects of coral reef-derived coastal protection
benefits vary across gradients of reef ecological degradation. These posts,
based at the University of Exeter but involving collaborations with
researchers at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and the United
States Geological Survey (USGS), are available from 1st September 2022 for
3 years.

The postdoctoral researcher will be required to participate in several
periods of overseas fieldwork to assess both physical and geo-ecological
attributes of the coral reefs of the Mexican Caribbean, as well as being
responsible for undertaking relevant experiments to better constrain local
reef carbonate production and erosion rates, and will assist with
parameterising models to explore changing coastal exposure risk. Details of
the post and how to apply are in the link below, but we are especially
interested to receive applications from established researchers who have
experience working on reef carbonate production processes and carbonate
budgets, or ecological functions relevant to the production and cycling of
reef carbonates. Applicants must hold a SCUBA qualification. Experience
with GIS or modelling software would be advantageous.


The project-aligned PhD will focus on quantifying ecologically-driven rates
of sediment generation as part of the wider project outlined above, and we
envisage key components of this work including the parameterisation of taxa
specific sediment generation rate models and the quantification of
production rates across sites.  Participation in several periods of
overseas fieldwork will also be required. Details of how to apply are in
the link below. Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be
about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree (or the
equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK - but see note on funding
for non UK citizens below), and ideally have Masters level experience in an
appropriate area of geography, earth or marine science, and have some
previous experience of working on coral reefs. Several periods of overseas
fieldwork will be involved, and a SCUBA qualification will be
essential. *Please
note that unfortunately due to the funding rules of this project only UK
nationals are eligible for the PhD fees and for the PhD
scholarship/stipend.* Regrettably therefore any non-UK student would need
to pay the balance of the fees and would not be eligible for a scholarship.


Closing date for both posts is Monday 28th March 2022. Interviews for the
postdoctoral post are likely to be on Tuesday 12th April (via Zoom), and
for the Ph.D position in mid- to late April.

For any informal enquires please feel free to contact me:
c.perry at exeter.ac.uk


Chris Perry (U. Exeter), Lorenzo Alvarez-Filip (UNAM), Joaquin Rodrigo
Garza-Perez (UNAM), Curt Storlazzi (USGS)

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