Postdoctoral Research Associate in Physiology and Transcriptomics of Marine Calcifiers

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Physiology and Transcriptomics of Marine Calcifiers (Fixed Term)

We seek a postdoctoral research associate to join a multidisciplinary project "Building Shells: Towards a Mechanistic Understanding of Biomineralisation" funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The successful candidate will work alongside the PI, a PhD student, and an international team of collaborators to grow marine calcifying organisms (corals, foraminifera, coccolithophores) under controlled conditions in laboratory and field settings, and measure the response of their physiology to these conditions (respirometry, calcification rates, transcriptomics). The culture conditions will be designed to examine the pathways of ion transport and processes of crystal growth in biomineralisation, and will push organisms beyond conditions they experience in the wild. The influence of these conditions on the rate of calcification and the activity of genes known to be related to ion transport pathways and mineralisation processes will be of particular interest.

As well as being of interest in their own right, these data will feed into a larger programme of geochemical measurements of biomineral composition (1 PDRA + 1 PhD student), which together will inform computational modelling of biomineralisation processes (1 PDRA + 1 PhD student).

We are seeking a candidate with PhD-level experience in one or more of (i) culturing marine organisms, (ii) measuring the physiology of marine organisms at a fine scale, (iii) measuring and interpreting the transcriptome of marine organisms. The research will involve lab- and field-based experiments, and use measurement equipment across the University (notably the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre and the Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science). All necessary training will be provided, and the candidate will be mentored and supported in developing their career and research interests. The logistical constraints of the research will require the successful candidate to be based in Cambridge.

The successful candidate would ideally be available on or after the 1st July 2023, and the post will 3 years after the start date.

Deadline: midnight (UTC) 8th April

Further details:

Contact: Oscar Branson,


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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