A 4-year postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) is available for a cell biologist to study phytoplankton physiology as part of a European Research Council (ERC)-funded project “SeaCells” that seeks to understand the cellular and molecular drivers of important biogeochemical processes in the oceans, with a particular focus on membrane transport and signalling. The research aims to build on recent discoveries of animal-like electrical excitability in single-celled phytoplankton by examining its role in regulating cellular processes. The project will involve the application of molecular, live cell imaging and electrophysiological approaches to understand a number of key membrane transport processes in phytoplankton, with a focus on the calcifying coccolithophores and silicifying diatoms. You will work alongside molecular biologists and cell physiologists to develop novel approaches to study single cells, both in the laboratory and in natural populations.
The molecular cell biology group at the MBA has an excellent track record in the characterization of novel signalling and membrane transport processes in plants and algae. The PDRA will work within a vibrant international research group with expertise in live cell imaging, electrophysiology and molecular cell biology. The MBA has excellent facilities for all aspects of cell biology research, including a dedicated bioimaging and electrophysiological facility and a fully equipped molecular suite. This position requires a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with a track record in innovative research. The post would suit a researcher with a strong background in cell signalling, live cell imaging and/or electrophysiology, although full training in all necessary techniques will be provided to the successful applicant.
Applicants should send a specific cover letter and detailed curriculum vitae describing research achievements and experience, along with the names and contact details of two referees to:
PA to the Director (Cynthia Carpenter), Marine Biological Association of the UK, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth PL1 2PB, UK. Email applications (marked CB/ERC) may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date 30 June 2016