Research Officer in Marine Biology; Bangor University

Job Title: 
Research Officer in Marine Biology
Job Location: 
Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
48 months
£33,199 - £35,210

Applications are invited for the above full-time post available on a fixed-term basis for 4 years from April 1st 2019 working on the Natural Environment Research Council funded Artificial Light Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems (ALICE) project in the School of Ocean Sciences (SOS).

SOS is a leading centre of research in the marine sciences, ranking 2nd across the UK for predominantly Ocean Science submissions to the REF. The successful candidate will join the research group of Dr Thomas Davies in a multi-disciplinary community covering the broad spectrum of marine sciences located by the shores of the Menai Strait on the Isle of Anglesey.

Anglesey’s 125 miles of stunning coastline and beaches are home to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and its position on the doorstep of the scenic Snowdonia mountain range provides the perfect environment for a variety of outdoor pursuits including scuba diving, sea kayaking, coasteering, coastal and hill walking and rock climbing.

The ALICE project combines world leading expertise in ecological light pollution, larval biology, marine benthic ecology, tropical marine biology, and optical oceanography from across the UK’s premier marine science research centres to tackle fundamental gaps in our understanding of coastal ecosystem responses to Artificial Light At Night (ALAN).

The post holder will work with Dr Davies, specially appointed technical staff, and other SOS staff members to conduct laboratory and field experiments that quantify the impacts of ALAN on the early life history of temperate marine invertebrates, and on species interactions. They will be responsible for collecting and analysing data, reporting results in ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ journals, and presenting at national and international conferences.

The post holder will be expected to liaise with co-investigators at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Southampton and University of Strathclyde to deliver the scientific objectives, and multiple UK and overseas project partners to deliver the impact objectives. 20% of the post holder’s time will be spent assisting Dr Davies with project coordination.

Candidates should hold a PhD (or near completion) in Marine Biology, Marine Ecology or a related subject and have: a strong background of research in the biology and ecology of marine invertebrates; experience of designing and implementing laboratory and field experiments; a proven track record of publications in ‘internationally excellent’ ecology, biological science or environmental science journals and experience of liaising with multiple partner institutions to deliver research outcomes. A background of research in the reproductive biology/ecology of marine invertebrates, ALAN or ecological modelling would be beneficial.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence work by May 1st 2019.

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865. 

On applying, applicants are expected to attach a Cover letter, CV and a description of how they fit the person specification for the post.

For informal enquiries regarding this position, please contact Dr Thomas Davies (thomas.davies [at]

Closing date for applications: Friday 5th March 2019.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week beginning 11th March 2019.

Committed To Equal Opportunities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Gathering and analysis of data: 
- Development of laboratory and field based experiments 
- Maintain a thorough and up to date knowledge of the scientific literature related to the research aims of the project
- Actively support the principal investigator in developing new techniques.
- Collecting and analysing data

• Delivering research outcomes: 
- Contribute to the dissemination of research outputs through relevant scientific, technical and public press and through conference presentations
- Work with partners to disseminate results to industry
- Collaborate with co-researchers to develop scientific articles

• Administration of the research project:
- Coordinate and participate in project meetings
- Coordinate project to meet aims and objectives
- Liaise with external and internal stakeholders to meet aims and objectives

• Other duties and responsibilities specific to the role include:
- Advise and collaborate with Masters and PhD students within the research programme.
- Actively participate in specific College activities
- Establish collaborative groups (internal or external)
- Contribute to applications for external funding
- Promote the project, its findings and impacts through press releases and media interviews.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

• The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities. 
• The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
• The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments. 
• The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their post.

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