Research Officer in Marine Modelling

Research Officer in Marine Modelling
Location: Bangor University, School of Ocean Sciences, North Wales.
Closing date for applications: 3rd March 2016
Duration of contract: 4 years
Salary: £31,656 Grade 7 p.a. (Full Time)
Applications are invited for a four-year post-doctoral research officer post in the School of Ocean Sciences to work on a project funded by the EU (Horizons 2020) on Deep-sea Sponge Ecosystems (SponGES) in collaboration with a wide range of partners throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. The objective of SponGES is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use vulnerable sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic. Sponges are one of the most diverse, ecologically and biologically important and vulnerable marine ecosystems of the deep-sea, that to date have received very little research and conservation attention.

The successful candidate will utilise modelling approaches (dispersal/species distribution modelling), coupled with geophysical/physical surveys and visual observations to address Bangor’s contribution across several work packages. In particular, we are interested in modelling the current and future distributions of deep-sea sponge grounds in the North Atlantic Ocean building on previous projects conducted by the supervisor on cold-water corals. The candidate will also develop online resources such as interactive mapping software and a species observation database.

The candidate will be a numerate scientist, ideally with experience in GIS, species distribution modelling, geophysical and physical oceanographic survey and be educated to PhD level. The candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently and to deliver a range of high quality scientific outputs to deadlines that include peer reviewed scientific papers. The candidate will organise and lead Bangor’s participation on research cruises in European and international waters where appropriate and will ideally have experience in seagoing research. You will have advanced analytical skills and experience in data processing and analysis, advanced skills with programming languages such as R or Python are essential.

This is an exciting opportunity for a capable and enthusiastic scientist to develop a portfolio of collaborative and interdisciplinary research in a major international project. The successful candidate will work with Dr Andrew J Davies and be based in Bangor University, North Wales.

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.



Andrew Davies
School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University
Menai Bridge, LL59 5AB, Wales

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