Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Tropical Algal Pathology

Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS

Fixed Term Appointment for 48 months

We are seeking a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher to support the delivery of an exciting new international, high profile, four-year, large scale programme funded by the RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund. This project aims to support economic growth, food security and well-being of coastal communities in developing countries involved in seaweed aquaculture, primarily Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines. The programme has four key research components, including disease and pest detection, biosecurity and management, breeding resistance and community empowerment and a strong focus on capacity building.

The successful applicant will train face-to-face early career researchers from Tanzania, Indonesia and Philippines in algal disease diagnostic using molecular and microscopy tools and contribute to the collection, (molecular) characterisation and bio-banking of the cultivated algal resources and their pathogens.

Duties will also include the development of patho-systems for yield-limiting seaweed diseases; contribute to the characterisation of pathogen life cycles, with a particular focus on fungi, chytrids and oomycetes and provide remote support to help establish healthy, high-performing and preferentially indigenous seed banks in our partner countries.

Additionally, you will co-organise and co-deliver one teaching event per year in a developing partner country and contribute to the design of training material interaction with world-leading specialists as well as help implement strategies to support GlobalSeaweed* teaching and research activities in the long term. This role will involve travel abroad, some of which will include overseas fieldwork campaigns.

Though it is not essential to demonstrate experience in all areas initially, the ideal candidate must show genuine enthusiasm and ability to expand their boundaries. You will also need to have excellent communication skills across all levels of stakeholders with demonstrable presentation skills.

Further information is available on line at Alternatively, please write to: Human Resources, Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Tropical Algal Pathology, Job Ref D07/17.CG, The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA or e-mail

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 30th October 2017

SAMS is a registered Scottish charity (SC 009206), has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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