Job offer available in Scotland Microbial Molecular Biogeochemist at Scottish Association for Marine Science

The Scottish Association for Marine Science is the oldest independent marine research organisation in the UK: one of the oldest in the world. We are located on a modern campus adjacent to the European Marine Science Park, on the peaceful Dunstaffnage peninsular, a few miles from the scenic coastal town of Oban (‘The Seafood Capital of Scotland’).

Job Purpose: We are seeking applications for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Post-Doctoral Research Associate to develop and support SAMS research in Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Mixotrophic Protists. This post will be directly linked to the delivery of the NERC CO2 Fixers grant aimed at assessing how nutrient availability affects mixotrophic CO2 fixation and feeding.

Types of Activities: Development of approaches to quantifying nutrient acquisition by mixotrophic protists. This will involve laboratory and field (at sea) experiments using radiotracer and cell sorting techniques. Identification of key species and their characterisation through molecular biology and microscopic techniques.

Attributes Required: You will have a PhD in either Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Ecology or Microbial Biogeochemistry as well as the experience of working on time-limited research projects in a related scientific field.

For general enquiries about the position please contact

Further information is available online at Alternatively, please write to Human Resources, The Scottish Association for Marine Science, PDRA (Job Ref DXX/18.MZ), Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA or e-mail

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th March 2019.

Interviews will be held during the 1st half of April.

SAMS is a registered Scottish charity (SC 009206), has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


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