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Research Fellow

University of Plymouth - School of Biological and Marine Sciences

Location: Plymouth
Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 per annum - Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: B0268

Our programmes are grouped into three subject areas: inspiring change for a more sustainable future with biological sciences; protecting the diversity of marine life on our planet with marine biology; and exploring, understanding and protecting our ocean systems with marine science. Students are taught by experts in their fields, with teaching informed by world-leading research for which the University has been awarded two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Environment and Conservation, and a UK top 10 impact ranking for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal, Life Below Water in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023.

We are seeking a highly motivated and innovative Research Fellow to join our dynamic team to establish a new eDNA and Metabarcoding Facility. The successful candidate will undertake research aligned with the University, Centre and School’s strategic priorities, and contribute to research-informed teaching and learning. Join us in pushing the boundaries of applied genomics research and making impactful contributions to food security in South West England. Apply today to become a part of our innovative team!

Key Responsibilities:

Research Excellence:

  • Develop and execute high-quality individual and collaborative research projects.
  • Identify and secure future funding sources.
  • Disseminate research findings through high-quality publications and presentations at national and international conferences.
  • Engage with professional bodies, external organizations, and commercial users of academic facilities.

Supervision and Mentorship:

  • Supervise and mentor junior colleagues and postgraduate research students.
  • Provide expert advice in applied genomics, especially eDNA and metabarcoding.
  • Train and provide pastoral care to research students.

Teaching and Learning:

  • Contribute to teaching and learning programs and deliver high-quality teaching.
  • Participate in student experience activities, including open days and student events.

Essential Criteria:

  • PhD or equivalent international qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • Extensive knowledge and research experience in applied genomics, eDNA, and metabarcoding.
  • Proficiency in Illumina and Nanopore technologies and associated software packages.
  • Track record of high-quality research publications and successful grant applications.
  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage innovative research proposals and attract research funding.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Growing national and international reputation in the field.
  • Experience in developing collaborative research networks.
  • Track record of successful research mentorship and supervision.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Intellectual agility and problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong self-leadership and ability to align personal goals with the University’s strategic objectives.
  • Effective planning, management, and organization of research contributions.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Strong communication skills to engage and inspire target audiences.
  • Business acumen to contribute to resource and budget monitoring and to identify income diversification opportunities.

A current full driving licence (manual transmission) is essential as you will be driving University of Plymouth vehicles.This role is also subject to health surveillance with our Occupational Health team.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Richard Preziosi: by email at richard.preziosi@plymouth.ac.uk

Interviews are likely to take place week commencing Monday 08 July 2024 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 5 years due to Funding.

Closing date:  12 midnight, Sunday 30 June 2024

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