Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position within the Ocean Sciences group in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences at the University of Liverpool (UoL), UK. The position is funded by two European Union Horizons 2020 awards to Prof Alessandro Tagliabue focussed on the regulation of ocean primary productivity by essential resources. Total funding is available for up to 37 months and the position is open with immediate effect. You will work within two projects that are highly complementary - the European Research Council BYONIC (https://ercbyonic.wordpress.com) project led Professor Tagliabue and the Atlanteco Horizons 2020 consortium project that focusses on the Atlantic Ocean microbiome (https://www.atlanteco.eu/). Within both the BYONIC and Atlanteco projects, the PDRA post will focus on resource limitation and colimitation of phytoplankton primary production, particularly by micronutrients (such as iron and manganese) and their interaction with major nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus. The primary tool will be mechanistic numerical models that are informed by a range of datasets from the ocean and laboratory efforts. In linking resource availability with cellular physiology there is an opportunity to catalyse a substantial advance on our ability to project how the changing environment affects marine ecosystems.
You will work alongside other scientists in Liverpool and overseas, and there will also be the opportunity to provide guidance to PhD and Masters students and undertake appropriate training. The work of the PDRA will link strongly to the Atlanteco effort (including the latest Tara Oceans Mission Microbiomes expedition) and be expected to publish first-authored research papers in high-ranking journals and present their work at international conferences. You should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in biological oceanography, marine microbiology, phytoplankton physiology, marine genomics, ocean biogeochemical cycles or a related discipline and have a track-record of publishing peer-reviewed research articles in international journals. You will have experience of numerical modelling tools and excellent computational skills (e.g. Fortran, Python, R or Matlab). You will have an enthusiastic approach to the aims of the overall project and be excited to work as part of an outstanding multidisciplinary team aiming to address how ocean primary production responds to gradients in the availability of essential resources. The post is available from 1 August 2021 until 31 August 2024.
Closing date 29 April 21 at 23:30