Understanding the ecological relevance of eDNA in freshwater lotic
ecosystems

We are looking for a dynamic researcher to fulfil a leading role in a
new, collaborative and multidisciplinary team working at the leading
edge of environmental DNA (eDNA) analyses in order to advance our
knowledge of the ecological relevance of eDNA in freshwater systems
(http://mefgl.bangor.ac.uk/news/4-y-24937). Molecular biodiversity
identification is emerging as a high throughput and cost effective
alternative to traditional approaches and in particular, the analysis
of ‘free’ environmental DNA (eDNA) provides an opportunity to
measure biodiversity in space and time at unprecedented scales.
Understanding how sources of eDNA relate to living biodiversity, land
use and associated ecological function are focal aims of the project.

The 4 year, £1.25M project led by Si Creer
(http://mefgl.bangor.ac.uk/staff/si.php) is funded by the first round
of NERC Highlight Topic funding
(http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/portfolio/strategic/topics/) and
features collaborations with Cardiff University (Isabelle Durance;
Steve Ormerod), the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Jack Cosby,
Bridget Emmett) and the Birmingham Joint Centre for Environmental –
Omics (JCEO – John Colbourne). The project will utilise novel
molecular ecological workflows, including genomic approaches to assess
biodiversity, employing bioinformatics/ecological modelling and working
with a large team of collaborators and an international steering
committee comprising leading representatives from the field of eDNA
(including David Lodge, Mike Pfrender, Pierre Taberlet, Holly Bik,
Peter Kille, Kristy Deiner and Xin Zhou), end-users and stakeholders.

Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in related areas such as
natural sciences, ecology, evolution/genomics and should have previous
experience of fieldwork, molecular ecology, high throughput sequencing,
bioinformatics and modelling. A driving licence, fieldwork skills,
excellent team working and communication skills are essential.
The successful candidate (£31,656 – £37,768 pa; Grade 7) will be
expected to commence in January 2016, or as soon after as possible.
Applications will only be accepted via the on-line recruitment website
(jobs.bangor.ac.uk). However, in cases of access issues due to
disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning +44
(0) 1248 383865.

Closing date for applications: 8th December, 2015 with interviews
scheduled in the first week of January

Please contact Si Creer ([email protected];
http://mefgl.bangor.ac.uk/staff/si.php) in the first instance, copied
to Mark De Bruyn ([email protected]) and Gary Carvalho
([email protected]) for further information.

About MEFGL Bangor
The MEFGL (http://mefgl.bangor.ac.uk/index.php.en) is one of Europe’s
largest research centres focusing on population, species and community
diversity of aquatic animals. Bangor is located in North West Wales,
UK, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty between Snowdonia
National Park and the sea, providing an opportunity for a very high
standard of living amongst a spectacular natural environment.
International links are facilitated easily via both Liverpool and
Manchester airports and London is just over 3 hours away via high speed
trains.

Simon Creer

Senior Lecturer
Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Laboratory
School of Biological Sciences
Environment Centre Wales
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2UW

web: http://mefgl.bangor.ac.uk/si.php
Simon Creer

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