UK: Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Environmental and Earth Sciences at University of Hull

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Salary: £31,331 to £36,298 per annum (Fixed Term)

Position: Full Time

Campus: Hull

Closing Date: Sunday 08 September 2013

Description: We are seeking a postdoctoral research assistant for a fixed-term appointment to the end of September 2014 working on the EU-funded Hydralab IV ( project. Hydralab IV is a partnership of 20 institutions from throughout the EU. The theme of Hydralab IV is ‘More than Water’ and Hull University is involved in several parts of the project, including the PISCES (Protocols and InStrumentation for Combined hydraulic and Ecological models) and RADE (Remote Access to Data and Experiments) research projects and Access for EU research groups to use the Total Environment Simulator at the University of Hull. The post holder will be joining the team at Hull for the final part of this project and will be expected to contribute mainly to PISCES, but will be involved with other aspects of the project as well.

The main focus of PISCES is to develop innovative new technologies, experimental protocols and improved methodologies for incorporating organisms, both plants and animals, into physical hydraulic models to better predict the response of benthic aquatic and marine organisms to changing flows and the influence of organisms on flow and sediment erosion, both of which are poorly understood. The Research Assistant will work with other members of the team on experiments in the Total Environment Simulator (and possibly at partner institutions) and will take primary responsibility for a detailed review of the literature to establish the extent to which physico-chemical conditions in physical hydraulic facilities need to be controlled to ensure organisms survive and respond naturally.

The role holder will assist with analysis and interpretation of results and their dissemination to other partners in Hydralab IV and other researchers through presentations at meetings and workshops and also by writing research reports and publications. Academic supervision and technical guidance will be provided by senior members of the team. Training is an important component of the work.

Employment will commence from 30 September 2013.

This position is fixed term for one year and has an end date of 30 September 2014.

To apply:  please click on the link below. To discuss this role informally, please contact Dr Stuart McLelland, T 01482 465007, E or Prof. Lynne Frostick, E

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