Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton, based at the Waterfront Campus of the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), is seeking to appoint a motivated research technician following the recent award of a major NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) consortium grant. The project, entitled ‘A hierarchical approach to the examination of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal margins’ (CBESS), will provide a large-scale analysis of biodiversity stocks and the flows of ecosystem services from selected coastal systems.
The successful candidate will support the research activities of Dr. Martin Solan, Dr. Jasmin Godbold and Prof. Steve Hawkins by assisting with large-scale biological and physical surveys on the Morecambe Bay and Essex coastlines, as well as locally on the south coast, to clarify how biodiversity influences key ecosystem services. The post holder will be responsible for the sampling, sorting and identification of sediment invertebrate macrofauna and will assist with laboratory and field experiments on how infaunal activity influences sediment processes and functioning.
The post holder will be expected to work as part of a team and will receive training for field and laboratory tasks, after which they will be expected to operate independently with minimal supervision. The post holder will also be expected to assist with project logistics and work with a fixed schedule decided in consultation with the PI and other contributing investigators.
The successful candidate must have a higher-level education (or equivalent) in the sciences, and will have experience of marine invertebrate faunal identification, fieldwork in remote locations and have basic laboratory skills. A degree in marine biology, ecology or related subjects would be advantageous. Other important skills and attributes include numeracy skills, independence and initiative, organisational and logistics abilities and good communication skills.
The post is full time and is available for a fixed-term period of 42 months.
Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Martin Solan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further information about the NERC BESS programme and the CBESS consortium can be found at:
The University of Southampton is an exciting and supportive place to work. We offer highly competitive salaries and benefits packages – an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowance. There is also access to excellent sport and leisure facilities and the opportunity to develop your career in a friendly and professional environment.
The closing date for applications is 5 October 2012. Please apply through www.jobs.soton.ac.uk or alternatively telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form. Please quote vacancy reference number 155612HN on all correspondence.
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