RESEARCH ASSISTANT IN DEEP-SEA BIODIVERSITY
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research
Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and
to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a
leadership role in Antarctic affairs.
At present we know very little about patterns of species diversity and species
range in the deep ocean. BAS, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum,
the University of Hawaii and the International Seabed Authority are taking part
in an international project partly funded by the KAPLAN fund to investigate
patterns of species diversity in benthic invertebrates in the deep equatorial
Pacific Ocean. As part of this project, a 12 month post is available to work on
species diversity, species range and gene-flow in invertebrates (nematodes and
polychaetes) from the Klarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone.
Requirements: basic molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, PCR,
DNA sequencing experience; background in marine biology and experience in
phylogenetics analysis will be advantageous. This post will particularly suit
a newly graduated Ph.D. level scientist looking for additional experience in
biodiversity, molecular phylogenetics and marine biology. Salary: £20,000 to
£23,350. On-line application forms and further information are available on
our website at: www.antarctica.ac.uk. Closing date 7/11/03.