Ocean Career: Postdoctoral Research Assistant

The Marine Biological Association is an independent research institute carrying out leading-edge research in fundamental and strategic areas of marine biology. As one of the world’s longest running learned societies (founded in 1884), the MBA is dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life that they support.

Many eminent scientists, including twelve Nobel Prize winners, have conducted their research at the MBA’s Citadel Hill laboratory. With our Royal Charter and over 1,900 members in 40+ countries worldwide, we have the mandate to provide an authoritative and independent voice for the international marine biological community.

The Role

A new opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work within the Cunliffe Group at the MBA. We are looking for someone to undertake research with the broad aim to better understand the roles of marine fungi in the marine carbon cycle and determine how marine fungi interact with viruses. As part of the ERC MYCO-CARB project, we have established a comprehensive culture collection of marine fungi at the MBA that is ready to be utilised for study. This role is principally laboratory-based working with marine fungal cultures but could include some local fieldwork if appropriate. We particularly seek a team player, someone who can work both independently and also with others. We expect the person in this role to be collaborative and engage well with others in the group and the wider MBA.

Salary and Benefits

    • Salary will be based on experience
    • The MBA will contribute 10% of your basic salary into a defined benefits pension scheme. You are required to make a 3% minimum contribution. You can contribute over the 3% minimum and the MBA will match up to a maximum of 5%
    • Annual Leave allowance is 30 days plus bank holidays/privilege days (pro-rata if part time)

Essential Skills/Qualification

      • PhD in an appropriate research field (e.g., Microbiology, Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Science)
      • General microbiology laboratory skills (e.g., preparing culture media, aseptic/sterile technique, maintaining microbial cultures, basic assessment of growth)
      • General molecular biology laboratory skills (e.g. DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, QPCR, basic DNA sequence analysis)

Desirable Skills

      • Working with ‘omics data (e.g. transcriptomes, proteomes)
      • Working with microscopes, ideally confocal fluorescence microscopy
      • Working with fungi (not necessarily aquatic/marine)
      • Isolating and characterising novel viruses (not necessarily aquatic/marine)
      • Producing high-quality research publications

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be based at the Marine Biological Association of the UK in Plymouth, but will be expected to travel to meetings, workshops and field locations as needed.

Application Deadline: April 23, 2021
Salary: £27,511 - £33,797 depending on experience
Hours: Full time (37 hours per week)

Learn more about this position and how to apply.

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