The Mariani MolEcoLab at the LJMU School of Biological & Environmental Sciences is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Officer to join their project assessing marine sponge DNA-based biodiversity. This team member will lead eDNA and nsDNA analyses, primarily using DNA metabarcoding approaches.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Marine eDNA
We are seeking to appoint a Research Officer to join Prof Mariani’s team (www.marianilab.org) based at the LJMU School of Biological & Environmental Sciences to be a key driver in a new three-year project funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council.
The project explores the concept of “natural sampler DNA”, using sponges as a model. We will investigate the performance, efficiency and context of sponge filtration for DNA-based biodiversity assessment. This will be pursued through experimental tests using aquarium facilities, as well as by sampling in a range of coastal benthic and off-shore pelagic habitats. The project benefits from collaborations with the Natural History Museum, London, Natural England, the Horniman Museum & Gardens, Ocean Tracking Network (Nova Scotia, CAN), and Oregon State University (USA).
You will be involved in sampling activities (South-West England, Mediterranean Sea) and will lead eDNA and nsDNA analyses, primarily using DNA metabarcoding approaches. You will also be responsible for bioinformatic analyses and manuscript write-up, and will be available to participate in selected meetings and conferences.
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Stefano Mariani: [email protected]
LJMU values diversity and provides a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone can fulfil their potential.
The School/ department is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter for promoting the career of Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women and other under-represented groups for this post, and all appointments will be made on merit.
Please note all of our vacancies will be closed to applications at midnight on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise stated.
Apply by 24 June 2021 for consideration.
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