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SAGES Vacancies

All SAGES posts are currently filled. Information on SAGES appointed staff can be found on the SAGES appointees page.

Opportunities still exist each year for SAGES members or SAGES Associate studentships. Please send note of membership interest stating interest area and an updated CV to:SAGES Administrator, Carol Thomson .

Vacancies external to SAGES

As part of a large network of organisations and people working in the climate change field the SAGES office often receives information about positions vacant both in Scotland and abroad which may be of interest to SAGES members. If you are interested in any of the vacancies below please go to the respective weblink for more information.

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NEW

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Exploration Geosciences Inititaive - University of the West of Scotland

UWS are seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to work on exploration geoscience protocols for small-scale ore prospects in environmentally sensitive settings, with a focus on development of multi-parameter geographical information systems (GIS) for data analysis & decision support. For further details please refer to the vacancy summary.

Further information, including details of how to apply, is available by contacting the Department of People & Organisational Development by email to Marie Leckie, telephone number 0141 848 3561 (24 hour answering service) quoting reference 14/237

Closing date: Midday on Tuesday 2 December 2014 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Temporary Laboratory Assistant

University of St Andrews

A short term (6 weeks) Laboratory Assistant position is available at the University of St Andrews. The work will involve general laboratory support working with Prof. Bill Austin and a project PDRA, Dr. David McCarthy, to help meet a project deadline in early June 2014. Full training is available; previous experience of microscope work would be advantageous, but not essential. Good rate of pay, assistance with accommodation can be provided if necessary.

For further details, or to apply for this position please contact Dr. William Austin



Marine Ecologist

Physical Oceanographer/Hydrodynamic Modeller

Fisheries Scientist - migratory species

The Environmental Research Institute(ERI) - University of Highlands and Islands

These posts have been created through the UHI MERIKA project:‘MERIKA (Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator) is an ambitious initiative by UHI (University of the Highlands and the Islands), located in Scotland and the UK’s outermost region. The project revolves around the concept of turning the UHI Faculty of Science, Health and Engineering into a reference research and innovation hub for all of Europe on the theme of marine energy’.

For further details, or to apply for these positions please refer to the Vacancy summary document.

Closing date: Various

Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Marine Environmental & Ecological Economics

Research Fellow in Marine Planning

Postgraduate Research Associate in Ecology

Post Doctoral Research Associate: Acoustician in Ambient Underwater Sound

The Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS)

These posts have been created through the UHI MERIKA project:‘MERIKA (Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator) is an ambitious initiative by UHI (University of the Highlands and the Islands), located in Scotland and the UK’s outermost region. The project revolves around the concept of turning the UHI Faculty of Science, Health and Engineering into a reference research and innovation hub for all of Europe on the theme of marine energy’.

For further details, or to apply for these positions please refer to the Vacancy summary document.

Closing date: Various

Research Assistant in Marine Microbiology or Biogeochemistry

University of Aberdeen.

School of Biological Sciences

REF:YBS621R

Salary: From 25,504 to 27,047 per annum

Job Summary

The University of Aberdeen are seeking a Research Assistant to perform investigations on the natural biodegradation potential of petroleum hydrocarbons by deep-sea bacterial communities using stable isotope tracer techniques and a combination of culture-dependent and culture-independent methods to identify key hydrocarbon degraders.

For further details, or to apply for this position please visit the University of Aberdeen website

Closing date: 9 December 2013

Data Manager (Science)

Scottish Association for Marine Science.

ICT & Information Department

REF:D15 / 13.SG

Salary: Up to 28,911 per annum

Job Summary

We would like to invite applications for the post of Data Manager within the ICT & Information department at SAMS. This is an opportunity for the right individual to work in a dynamic marine research environment supporting a range of scientific disciplines and methods: from bioinformatics to physics and deep sea sampling to high performance computing.

For further details, or to apply for this position please visit the SAMS website

Closing date: 28 November 2013

Lectureship in Physical Geography (Environmental Change)

University of St Andrews.

School of Geography & Sustainable Development

REF:ME1480R

Salary: 37,382 - 45,941 per annum

Start date: As soon as possible

Job Summary

As part of a continuing programme of expansion in Environmental Geography, we invite applications for a Lectureship in Physical Geography with a focus on environmental change. The successful applicant will have a PhD in Geography or a cognate discipline, a portfolio of innovative research and publication, and a track record of funding success. You will play a role in the continuing development of our Environmental Change Research Group, the delivery of undergraduate teaching in Physical and Environmental Geography, and postgraduate research supervision. No restriction is placed on area of expertise, but preference may be given to candidates with an outstanding science-based research record in the areas of Holocene/Anthropocene environmental change, the impacts of environmental change on human societies, or Quaternary palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Research interests cognate to those of existing staff in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development will be considered an advantage.

Informal enquiries: Professor Colin Ballantyne or Dr. William Austin

Further particulars are available on the University of St Andrews website.

Closing date: 25 November 2013

4 vacancies are available for a 4.6M NERC funded tropical research consortium; BALI (Biodiversity and Land-use Impacts on Tropical Ecosystem Function, within the University of Aberdeen. More information is available on the University of Aberdeen website.

Project Coordinator

University of Aberdeen.

(Ref:1373671) 20,764-24,049 per annum, 4 years.

Job Summary

This exciting opportunity will require a person with strong planning, organisational and communication skills to aid and support the Principal Investigator of a multi-institution international tropical research consortium. The postholder will aid the Principal Investigator in managing the consortium; facilitate communications across the consortium; coordinate logistics and field operations; manage large, complex datasets; and plan science outreach and knowledge exchange activities.

As the project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) the post will be offered for a period of 4 years. This appointment will be made subject to the usual terms and conditions of employment of the University.

Criteria

• HND or equivalent in biology, ecology, geology, environmental sciences, or a related discipline • Good grades in English at Higher level or equivalent • Reasonable grades in Maths at Higher level or equivalent • Experience in biological, ecological, geological, or environmental research • Experience in scientific writing • Experience in public speaking (e.g. presented talks at conferences or workshops) • Proficient in the use of computer software packages, such as the MS Office suite, statistical and data handling software (e.g. R, Matlab, etc.)

Informal enquiries: Yit Arn Teh

Apply online.

Closing date: 18 November 2013.

Postdoc Plant-soil interactions

University of Aberdeen.

(Ref:1373658) 25,504-30,424 per annum, 3 years.

Job Summary

This exciting opportunity will require a person with a strong interest in understanding how human modification of Tropical Forest communities impacts plant-soil interactions. The postholder will join a multi-institutional international research consortium and will be responsible for co-ordination of sampling plant functional traits and establishing field-based biodiversity, soil and litter manipulation experiments in Sabah, Malaysia. In addition, he/she will be responsible for undertaking analyses of a suite of plant traits and integrating these data to test how trait diversity relates to biogeochemical processes. A key requirement will be to liaise with other researchers in the consortium including local project partners on joint research activities, and to contribute to publication of the project’s findings in international peer-reviewed journals. As the project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) the post will be offered for a period of 3 years. This appointment will be made subject to the usual terms and conditions of employment of the University.

Criteria

• PhD (or near completion) in a Biological Science • An understanding of plant community ecology, ideally related to tropical systems • Knowledge of the factors controlling biogeochemical cycles, especially those related to the influence of plants • Current land-use practices in Tropical systems and how they may affect plant communities and biogeochemical cycles; • Knowledge of statistical techniques and experimental design • Field-based research or sampling experience • Track record of scientific and lay-science publications appropriate to level of experience

Informal enquiries: David Burslem and Dave Johnson

Apply online.

Closing date: 18 November 2013.

Postdoc in Soil Biogeochemistry

University of Aberdeen.

(Ref:1373587) 25,504-30,424 per annum, 3 years (1.5 years in Aberdeen and 1.5 years in Edinburgh)

Job Summary

This exciting research opportunity will require a person with a strong interest in understanding how human modification impacts biodiversity, biogeochemical cycling and biogenic trace gas fluxes in Tropical Forests. The postholder will join a multi-institution international research consortium, where he or she will be responsible for investigating the effects of land-use change and biodiversity loss on ecosystem functioning in Southeast Asia. In addition to designing and implementing field studies, the postholder will also be responsible for planning process-based laboratory experiments to further elucidate the role of microorganisms in the catalysis of key soil processes, such as the degradation of organic matter or soil nutrient dynamics. A key requirement will be to liaise with other researchers in the consortium, including local project partners, on joint research activities, and to contribute to publication of the project’s findings in leading international peer-reviewed journals. As this project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Aberdeen will offer the post for a period of 18 months. It is anticipated that the second half of the appointment will be based in Edinburgh and as such the postholder will be employed by Edinburgh University for a further period of 18 months.

Criteria

• PhD (or near completion) in ecosystem ecology, terrestrial biogeochemistry or allied field; • Current land-use practices in tropical systems and how this may affect soil processes and biogeochemical cycles; • Knowledge of statistical techniques and experimental design • Track record of publication in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals (e.g. Science, Nature, Global Change Biology, New Phytologist, etc.) and in lay-science publications appropriate to level of experience; • Ability to design and execute field-based manipulative experiments; • Ability to operate and maintain analytical instrumentation (e.g. spectroflourometer for extracellular enzymology, gas chromatographs, infra-red gas analyzers, chemiluminescence detectors, laser absorption spectroscopes, elemental analyzers, isotope ratio mass spectrometers); • Ability to use statistical software to analyse large datasets

Informal enquiries: Yit Arn Teh and Patrick Meir

Apply online.

Closing date: 18 November 2013.

Technician

University of Aberdeen.

(Ref:1373607) 20,764 per annum, 3 years

Job Summary

This exciting opportunity will require a person with a strong interest in supporting research on understanding how human modification of Tropical Forest communities impacts plant-soil interactions. The postholder will join a multi-institutional international research consortium and will be responsible for undertaking a suite of laboratory analyses of soil properties and plant traits and managing these data so they can be used to test how trait diversity relates to biogeochemical processes. Knowledge of plant-soil interactions in the context of biogeochemical cycling and experience in analysis of soils and plants for a variety of traits are essential requirements for this post. An ability to interact with a diverse team of research scientists and to manage the running of the laboratory, including excellent organisation skills, are key requirements. As the project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) the post will be offered for a period of 3 years.

Criteria

• HNC/HND in biology or chemistry • Experience in analysis of soils and plants for nutrient contents and carbon fluxes • Experience in molecular biology • Experience in maintaining plants in controlled conditions • Good knowledge of statistical techniques and experimental design • Data management tools such as spreadsheets and graphical analysis

Informal enquiries: David Burslem and Dave Johnson

Apply online.

Closing date: 19 November 2013. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of St Andrews.

A one year Postdoctoral Researcher position is available on the project "Tracking the Greenland ice sheet dynamics using cosmogenic nuclides" at the University of St Andrews, under the supervision of Dr. Vincent Rinterknecht (St Andrews) and Dr. Vincent Jomelli (CNRS, France).
Further details and application procedure can be found on the vacancy advert. .

Closing date: 31 October 2013.
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