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Research Fellow

Marine Biology & Ecology

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £30,942
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/05/2021)
Closing Date:  Friday 21 February 2020
Interview Date:   Tuesday 21 April 2020
Reference:  1232520HN

Research Fellow in Marine Ecology

Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow in Marine Ecology at the University of Southampton, based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. The successful candidate will explore, using hypothesis-led laboratory experiments, the risks associated with exposure of marine organisms to uncontaminated versus contaminated (persistent organic pollutants and/or additive chemicals) microplastics. Under the direction of the Professor Martin Solan and Associate Professor Jasmin Godbold, research will focus on the extent to which accumulation of microplastics of different shapes, sizes and polymers interact with specific sediment-dwelling invertebrates in present versus future environments and moderate associated levels of benthic ecological functioning. Funded by UKRI NERC, the position will involve direct collaboration with the University of Exeter (Prof. Tamara Galloway, Dr. Ceri Lewis), University of Plymouth (Prof. Richard Thompson), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas, Dr. Thomas Maes), University of East Anglia (Dr. Andrew Mayes), the National Oceanography Centre (Dr. Dan Mayor) and associated stakeholders. The successful candidate will have, or be nearing completion of, a PhD, or equivalent professional qualification, in marine biology/ecology or a related relevant discipline and be well versed in the ecological consequences of environmental change and/or pollution in marine ecosystems. The successful candidate will coordinate and conduct all laboratory and fieldwork and will be responsible for data analysis and write-up for publication, and will contribute to the wider research environment within the research group.

Enquiries about the post should be directed to Professor Martin Solan, email

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure
You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote vacancy reference number 1232520HN on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Ocean and Earth Sciences

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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