This position is now filled. A 2-year postdoc is available using DNA barcoding and next generation sequence (NGS) metabarcoding to study forest ecological networks and forest health. This project has a particular focus on the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM; Thaumetopoea processionea), an invasive species that is highly damaging to oak trees and which poses health risks to humans. The project is a collaboration between myself, Dr Darren Evans (Biological Conservation Group, also Univ of Hull), and Dr Nigel Straw (Forest Research, the Research Agency of the Forestry Commission).
The successful applicant will collaborate closely with Forest Research and other partner organisations and will be supported in developing independent fellowship proposals. He/She will have a PhD in an appropriate biological discipline, substantial experience in molecular ecology, strong quantitative skills, evidence of work of publishable quality, excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrable ability to work as an effective team member and be reliable, self-motivated and well organized. Experience of NGS analysis and ecological network analysis using R is desirable, but not essential.
The position is fixed term for 2 years. The start date of the PDRA will ideally be early 2014. Salary range: £31,331 to £38,522 pa. Starting salaries according to qualification and experience. You can learn more about this position and apply online at https://jobs.hull.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=FS0065. Closing date for applications is 20th December 2013.
Informal enquiries to Dr Darren Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Dave Lunt (email@example.com)