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Research Officer - AMBER (Molecular Ecology)

Swansea University - College of Science

Location: Swansea
Salary: £34,189 to £39,609 (pro-rata if part time) together with USS pension benefits, if required. Scale 8
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 11th November 2018
Job Ref: AC03115

This is a fixed term position until 31st December 2019, based at Swansea University's Singleton Campus

Main Purpose of the Post

The AMBER PDRA will be expected to:

  • Contribute to project deliverables, in particular working on the application of a recently developed eDNA-toolkit to the AMBER case studies to identify community changes associated to loss of river connectivity, in collaboration with AMBER partners.
  • Contribute to overall research performance of the BioSciences Department, the College of Science and the University, by production of measurable outputs including publishing in international peer reviewed journals, presenting the work carried out in national and international conferences, and helping in the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • Undertake administrative tasks associated with the project, including planning and implementation of procedures for accurate and timely reporting.
  • Prepare research ethics and governance applications.
  • Review and synthesize existing research literature when needed for publications.
  • Participate in College research activities.
  • Network within and outside the University, to influence decisions, explore future research requirements, and share ideas for the benefit of research projects
  • Undergo relevant personal and professional development.
  • Other duties consistent with the role. 


A 1-year postdoctoral position is available at CSAR (Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research) in the Department of Biosciences at Swansea University as part of the AMBER project, which aims to provide a better understanding of the causes and consequences of stream fragmentation.

Rivers rank among some of the most threatened ecosystems in the world and are the focus of restoration programmes in Europe and elsewhere that cost billions to taxpayers, and improving stream connectivity has been flagged as one of the priorities for more efficient stream restoration. This is one of two postdocs who will work as part of the EU-funded AMBER consortium (‘Adaptive Management of Barriers in European Rivers’). The overarching goal of these positions is to develop better and more meaningful metrics of stream fragmentation and to apply them to European-wide datasets to quantify and predict current and future impacts of barriers on local stream biodiversity for a variety of taxa and across multiple spatial and temporal scales.

The project will develop novel molecular and ecological metrics of stream fragmentation. It is based on the Singleton Campus within Biological Sciences (College of Science).

Informal enquiries

AMBER Coordinator, Prof Carlos Garcia de Leaniz.

You are encouraged to investigate the following site for more general information about the College of Science/Department of BioSciences: and AMBER

This post will close at midnight 11 November 2018

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