Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 03 Feb 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £43,267 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience
Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable)

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

This new full time post is available from 1 April 2019 on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2022.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities.  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in a project aimed at understanding the evolution of CRISPR-based choosiness in bacteria. This Leverhulme Trust funded post is available from the 1st of April 2019 to the 31st of March 2022. You will carry out experimental evolution, and work with a theoretician(Dr. Kuijper) and his PhD student, to explain what ecological conditions favour the evolution of choosiness, and the maintenance of choosiness, in bacterial populations exposed to mobile genetic elements.  

The post will include experimental design, performing experiments, data analysis, and writing manuscripts under supervision of Dr. Edze Westra, Prof. Angus Buckling and Prof. Dave Hosken. You will also be responsible for presenting data at international conferences.

Job description

Sexual selection is a powerful evolutionary force in many higher organisms, where it operates in parallel with natural selection. It arises from differences in mating or fertilization success that typically result from male-male competition and female mate choice and can be adaptive or maladaptive. Of these two mechanisms, the origin and maintenance of female mate choice continues to receive most of the attention, since it is more of an evolutionary puzzle than the conceptually more straightforward process of male-male competition. 

You will investigate the conditions that favour the evolution of choosiness in bacteria. You will be using experimental evolution approaches, working under supervision of Dr. Edze Westra, and in close collaboration with Prof. Angus Buckling, Prof. Dave Hosken, Dr. Kuijperand his PhD student who will apply theoretical analyses that complement the experimental approaches.

About you

You will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. You will be a nationally recognised authority in microbiology or sexual selection and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. You will also be able to work collaboratively,supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to apply both a molecular and evolutionary biology methods to understand under what conditions choosiness is likely to evolve.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here .

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall

For further information please contactEdze Westra, e-mail E.R.Westra@ex.ac.uk .  

Interviews are expected to take place on 15 February 2019.

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and holds an institutional Athena SWAN Silver award. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


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