|Salary:||£41,526 p.a. Grade 7|
|Placed On:||13th May 2021|
|Closes:||16th June 2021|
School of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
As this vacancy has limited funding the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7.37 salary £41,526.
Full Time/FTC for up to 23 months
Closing date: 16th June 2021
Please note, previous applicants need not apply.
To contribute to research on the impact of environmental pollution on biodiversity and human health. The post holder will have demonstrated skills in bioinformatics and artificial intelligence/machine learning to work on biological, chemical and environmental data collected from freshwater ecosystems. The ultimate goal of this research is identify targets for Ecosystem Services conservation, and pollutants prioritization for mitigation interventions. The post holder will ultimately contribute to make the environment a safer place.
Chemical pollution is recognized as one of the main causes of Earth’s ecosystem services deterioration and overuse, linked to the loss of biodiversity (ecosystems complexity and species richness). Ecosystem services directly affect human wellbeing and socio-economic welfare. Yet, we are unable to design preventive interventions that mitigate this loss and preserve natural resources because biodiversity loss happens on different spatial and temporal scales and dynamics are context-dependent outcomes from processes operating over many years. State of the art monitoring and prevention approaches fail to capture the complexity of causal links between pollution and biodiversity loss by studying the effects of unrealistic concentrations of individual compounds on indicator species and by taking only single snapshots of the long-term dynamics. These approaches are also largely correlative and missing, by design, potential pathological effects that may arise from chronic exposures to sublethal doses of chemical mixtures on ecosystems. Only by quantifying trajectories of abiotic and biotic systemic change before, during and after pollution events, can we begin to identify the causes of biodiversity and ecosystem services loss and, thus, implement informed preventive and remedial interventions that benefit the environment and humans, while enabling growth.
The post holder will use biological, chemical and environmental data collected from sedimentary archives of watersheds to quantify past biotic and abiotic changes and establish causal links between chemical mixtures and systemic loss of biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services. Sedimentary archives preserve biological and environmental signals temporally, providing a continuous record of changes from pristine (unimpacted, dating back to pre-industrial revolution) to impacted environments.
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