Science leader (in Environmental Single Cell Genomics)
Salary: £41,709-£57,634, depending on expertise and experience
Science Division, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Biosciences Department, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter
Description: Science Leader, National Centre for Environmental Single Cell Genomics
Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Exeter
In May 2016, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Exeter launched a £1M environmental Single Cell Genomics (SCG) Facility, dedicated to applying cutting edge molecular techniques to better understand microbial community diversity and function, and their role in shaping marine biogeochemistry. Funded by PML, University of Exeter, NERC and The Wolfson Foundation, this is the first facility of its kind in the UK and represents a strategic move by PML and the University of Exeter in this exciting research area.
Applications are sought from outstanding researchers seeking to establish an independent research group focused around single cell genomics, exploiting and building on the unique infrastructure already in place. As an independent and passionate scientist with a bold vision and ambition for applying SCG to the study of environmental microbial organisms, you will be responsible for developing the Centre and helping to establish it as a world leading research facility delivering both your own research and that of the environmental research community. Capable of interacting with a variety of stakeholders, you will work with internal members of PML Group and Exeter University, as well as external parties wishing to gain access to your SCG expertise. The position will be structured to allow the successful applicant to rapidly develop her/his own funded research program through support from dedicated research staff time s and research costs of up to £20,000. As the leader of the facility you will support, operate, evaluate, and modify a rapidly evolving technology platform engaged in single cell isolation and genomic/transcriptomic evaluation, translating this know-how into high impact publications and leveraging external financial support.
This role will require an ambitious scientist with a suitable research vision, appropriate expertise, an aptitude to exploit flow cytometry based cell sorting pipelines and advanced lab automation equipment, and an ability to develop bespoke protocols and quality control measures for molecular analysis. The ideal candidate is a creative and productive scientist who will take ownership of this area and work with the scientific steering group and broader science community to drive single cell genomics in new and exciting directions.
The successful candidate will be employed in a 0.5 FTE position by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory as a Merit Scientist and in a 0.5 FTE position by the University of Exeter as a Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor, making the equivalent of a 1.0 FTE position shared across the two institutions.
The position is for a Fixed Term of 3 years, with a possibility of an open-ended position following successful evaluation.
Closing date: Friday 17th February 2017 at 1700hrs