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Post-doctoral position available: coral proteogenomics in Newcastle, UK, with possible field work in Palau, Micronesia

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 3:30 am
by achimt
We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to study the physiological and genetic basis for variation in thermal tolerance in reef building corals. The position is on a five-year, European Research Council funded project that spans the disciplines of evolutionary biology, restoration ecology, genomics and proteomics. The candidate will be based in the School of Biology at Newcastle University in the north-east of England, but will conduct field work in Palau, Micronesia. The overall aim of the project is to examine the role that assisted gene flow can play in sustaining coral reefs in the face of climate change. The candidate must have a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics or a related topic and knowledge of proteogenomic workflows and their implementation.

Field experience working with scleractinian corals and a SCUBA certification are desirable. The post holder will conduct research into the physiological and genetic basis for variation in thermal tolerance and the extent to which phenotypic traits in corals are heritable. The successful candidate will be required to process and analyse samples of scleractinian corals and algal symbionts and should have a track record of producing high-quality reproducible biochemical data suitable for publication. This is an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to join a five-year project that addresses a highly topical subject in current reef science. The candidate will work directly with Dr. Achim Treumann at the Newcastle University Protein and Proteome Analysis core facility & Dr James Guest, Prof. John Bythell, Prof. Alasdair Edwards in the School of Biology.

There will also be opportunities for the candidate to contribute to a global coral reef restoration initiative with a partner international conservation NGO, SECORE International ( The candidate will provide support for a second postdoctoral research associate who will conduct field experiments examining the feasibility of seeding coral populations with more thermally tolerant corals.

The position is fixed term, full time for 4 years and should start as soon after September 1st, 2017 as possible. Salary range is UK £29,301 - £38,183.

Details of employee benefits at Newcastle University can be found at:

The closing date for application is 13 June 2017. Applications should be submitted online via Newcastle University?s Job Vacancy site at the following
URL: The job code for this position is: D71652R.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr James Guest <>), Dr John Bythell <>) and Dr Achim Treumann <>).

The School/Institute holds a bronze/silver Athena SWAN award in addition to the University's silver award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.