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Research Assistant/Associate in ecosystem ecology (Fixed Term)

We seek a full-time Research Assistant or Research Associate. The individual will join the Ecosystems and Global Change Group (EGC) in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge led by Dr Andrew Tanentzap. The post is funded by a NERC project entitled: "Recovery is RELATED: Restoring Ecosystems by Linking Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecological Dynamics". It aims to test how changes in organic matter export from terrestrial catchments associated with land use change will impact the productivity of aquatic food webs. . You will have a Master's degree or higher in biology/ecology, preferably with specialization in biogeochemistry. The role-holder would possess research experience with expert knowledge of water/sediment chemistry sampling, microbial sequencing, and plankton collection and identification. Competency in bioinformatics and statistical- and process-based modelling is also necessary; programming experience is preferred. It is an occupational requirement for the successful applicant to be able to drive due to the remote locations of fieldwork.

For the first 6 months, the post will involve guiding the establishment of a whole-lake experiment in Ontario, Canada. This will require intensive field work in boreal lake ecosystems, performing sediment incubation experiments in controlled chambers, coordinating student assistants, and managing procurements. Later duties will involve designing experiments, and collecting and analysing data associated with the project, focusing on (i) relating the structure of organic matter to microbial communities and (ii) developing a simulation model to predict food web dynamics from watershed inputs.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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