[MARMAM] postdoctoral position advert

Kimberley Bennett kimberley.bennett at plymouth.ac.uk
Fri May 15 05:38:27 PDT 2015


Please can you advertise the following:

The School of Marine Science and Engineering invites you to apply for a full time postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular physiology of fat metabolism in seals. The candidate will join the growing Marine Vertebrate Research Group in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre (MBERC) http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/mberc/Pages/default.aspx within the Faculty of Science and Environment at Plymouth University, and will conduct cutting edge research to contribute significantly to knowledge and understanding in the field of molecular physiology of environmental obesogens.

You will be responsible for the provision of specialist research knowledge and expertise that supports a recently funded NERC grant, entitled ‘Obesogens in an obese animal: an experimental approach to assess the impact of marine pollutants on fat tissue function in seals’. The purpose of the role is to develop and use molecular methodologies, including qPCR and immuno-detection methods, to better understand the local regulation of fat deposition and mobilisation by blubber in response to key fat regulating hormones and potentially obesogenic marine pollutants. Working in the new molecular biology facilities at Plymouth University, you will be responsible for development and application of suitable laboratory protocols, and the analysis and dissemination of the data through publications, public outreach and attendance at meetings and conferences in the UK, Europe and overseas. You will co-ordinate their research activities with collaborators at the Sea Mammal Research Unit at St Andrews University in Scotland, and Université de Liège and Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and will be expected to maintain and strengthen links with these institutions.

You should have experience of laboratory tools in molecular physiology, including quantitative PCR and/ or immunoblotting methods, and be familiar with safe handling of the chemicals involved in molecular work, such as RNA extraction. You will also be proficient in statistical analysis of gene and/ or protein expression data. You should be a highly self-motivated and independent worker, with good problem solving skills and a keen interest in the regulation of mammalian fat metabolism and/ or endocrine disruption. Candidates should demonstrate good interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

You should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject, such as zoology, biology, biomedical science or molecular biology, and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification. You should also have completed your PhD in a relevant field, including viva, by the start date of 1st August 2015.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Dr Kimberley Bennett, lecturer in marine biology, on email kimberley.bennett at plymouth.ac.uk<mailto:kimberley.bennett at plymouth.ac.uk> or tel 0044 (0)1752 586184.

This is a full-time post working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 36 months.

Closing date: 12 midnight, Monday 25 May 2015

The link to our vacancies website is here https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/jobs/search-vacancies and the job reference is A4242. Alternatively it is here on jobs.ac.uk:  http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AKZ736/post-doctoral-research-fellow/

Dr. Kimberley Bennett
Lecturer in Marine Biology
Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre
School of Marine Science and Engineering
Plymouth University
Plymouth UK

0044 (0)1752 586184

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