Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - College of Life & Environmental Sciences - Geography

The post
The College wishes to recruit a full time Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in a Bertarelli Foundation funded project working with Professor Chris Perry on assessing the impacts of the 2016 bleaching event on the carbonate budgets of coral reefs in the Chagos Archipelago, Indian Ocean. This 3 year post is available from 1st March 2018 (or as soon as possible after this date) and will be based at our Streatham Campus in Exeter.

The post holder will be required to participate in several periods of overseas fieldwork to assess the carbonate budgets of the reefs, as well as being responsible for deploying and analysing experimental substrates to assess local rates of reef bioerosion and coral growth. The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing additional funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

About you
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in the area of coral reef geomorphology or ecology, and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop and support the research programme and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, assist with supervising the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants must have prior experience of field-based coral reef research, including through the use of SCUBA.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research.
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly.
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development.

The starting salary will be from £28,936 up to £33,518 per annum on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.

For further information please contact Professor Chris Perry on e-mail: or telephone 01392 723334.

Interviews are expected to take place in the first half of Jan 2018.

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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