Ocean Career: Plymouth Marine Laboratory Leader in Marine Benthic Biodiversity Research

We are seeking a highly experienced and motivated scientist with expertise in marine benthic community ecology and biodiversity to lead and contribute to cutting-edge, high-impact research on marine ecosystems.

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in advancing our understanding of benthic habitats, species interactions, and biodiversity to understand how and why marine ecosystems respond to environmental change and human pressures, and what determines their potential for adaptation, resilience, and sensitivities in different contexts.

About You

The successful candidate will work within the Marine Ecology and Biodiversity science area to help deliver our vision to increase our understanding of variability in biodiversity, community structure and ecological processes at different scales, including biotic and abiotic links with marine ecosystems. This knowledge will be used to better identify, predict, and mitigate the consequences of human impacts and climate change and to protect biodiversity, thereby underpinning the maintenance of healthy, diverse, resilient, and productive marine ecosystems.

Skills Required

  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in Marine Biology, Ecology, or a related field, with a strong focus on marine benthic ecology and biodiversity
  • Substantial (15+ years) postdoctoral research experience, with a proven track record of conducting and publishing impactful research in marine benthic ecosystems
  • Established international reputation in benthic biodiversity and ecology research
  • Expertise in benthic community structure, species interactions, habitat mapping, and biodiversity assessment
  • Proficiency in advanced statistical analysis
  • Demonstrated success in securing research grants, managing large research projects, and leading complex, interdisciplinary research teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a history of publishing in high impact scientific journals
  • Experience in science communication, public outreach, and education initiatives is desirable
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively within interdisciplinary teams.

Key Deliverables:

Research, Impact, and Innovation:

  • Design and conduct original and innovative research projects focusing on marine benthic ecology, community structure, biodiversity, and ecosystem interactions.
  • Utilize advanced field, laboratory, and digital techniques to collect and analyze data on benthic communities, species interactions, and environmental parameters.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative approaches and solutions to address key ecological and conservation challenges.
  • Lead efforts to assess the health and status of marine benthic ecosystems, identify threats, and recommend conservation strategies.
  • Provide expert guidance to policymakers, resource managers, and stakeholders to support evidence-based decision-making for the protection and sustainable use of marine benthic habitats.
  • Understand and execute the process of impact delivery from science. Work with operational teams to maximize the value of research and collate evidence of non-academic impact to contribute to PML’s international reputation.

Publication, Communication and Outreach:

    • Demonstrate a substantial and prolonged track record of high impact publications.
    • Present, often by invitation, at national and international conferences to contribute to the scientific community's understanding of marine benthic ecology and biodiversity.
    • Communicate research outcomes effectively to diverse audiences, including policymakers, academia, and the general public. Collaborate with operational groups, such as marketing and communications, to maximize reach and ensure impacts are captured.
    • Mentor junior researchers, students, and interns, fostering a culture of knowledge-sharing and skill development.

Leadership, Collaboration and Networking:

      • Lead international and national collaborations with academic institutions, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry partners to foster research partnerships and leverage resources.
      • Lead collaborative initiatives to promote interdisciplinary research.
      • Lead and manage large complex teams and projects to successfully deliver excellent science and impact.
      • Contribute to internal networks and activity coordination around key challenges through the science to Impact Challenge Areas.

Closing date: November 6, 2023

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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