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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Industrial Impact Fellow) Agritech Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

University of Exeter

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be £35,211 on Grade (F), depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th January 2019
Closes: 22nd February 2019
Job Ref: P65668

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

This is a full time post available from 1st March 2019 until 31st December 2019 within Biosciences on Streatham Campus.

About the University

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

About the role

The post will contribute to the development of methodologies to identify the parentage of hatchery-reared juvenile lobsters to assess the contribution of parent animals used as hatchery broodstock; additionally, the project aims to develop a genetic test of sufficient resolution to be able to confirm the authenticity of Cornish lobsters in the commercial shellfish supply chain against the broader mosaic of genetic variation in the species across Britain and Europe; the project will also develop a software pipeline to analyse the range of genetic data generated.

About you

Experience in using molecular genetic techniques to characterise populations of marine invertebrates and to carry out parentage analysis is essential, and a track record demonstrating specific experience of genotyping European lobsters is desirable. Experience of statistical software and marine aquaculture/hatchery processes is also highly desirable and will aid in identifying the best ways in which this research can deliver business impact within the regions agritech/aquaculture sector.

The project is based at the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, but will require regional travel.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, a cycle to work scheme and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in. 

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Dr Jamie Stevens, telephone (01392 723775) or email

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and holds an institutional Athena SWAN Silver award. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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