Research Associate in Soil, Evolutionary, or Microbial Ecology

The University of Manchester - School of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Closing Date : 21/12/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : Available from 1 March 2018 to 31 January 2021
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering 
School/Directorate : School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Division : Earth & Environmental Sciences 
Hours Per week : Full Time
Salary : £31,804 to £38,883 per annum
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : S&E-11062

A NERC funded post as Research Associate in Soil Ecology is available within the project ‘Developing a trait-based framework for predicting soil microbial community response to extreme events’.

This full-time, 3-year position will focus on the response of soil microbial communities to a range of climate-change related disturbances, and will aim to explain this response on the basis of the traits present in the community. The successful applicant will design and implement experimental studies to test the relationship between microbial traits and microbial community response to environmental change, and will be responsible for the dissemination and reporting of findings form these studies.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a background in soil, evolutionary, or microbial ecology, and a keen interest and aptitude for computational and bioinformatic analysis of large, metagenomic datasets. The post is part of a NERC funded project that has been awarded to Dr De Vries and Dr Knight at the University of Manchester, Dr Griffiths at CEH Wallingford, and a network of collaborators across 9 European countries. The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with all project collaborators, a technician dedicated to the project, and postgraduate students, and will be part of the Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory at The University of Manchester ( For more information about the project and the research environment, please refer to the further particulars (link at the bottom of this page above the apply button).

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education.  The School holds a Bronze Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Franciska de Vries


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more

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