Kensington and Chelsea, London




£33571 - £40000 per annum + + benefits

Contract type:

Contract Contract


Full time


0207 942 5000

Early Stage Researcher, ITN BEEP

The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most visited natural history museum in Europe. With a vision of a future in which both people and the planet thrive, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing humanity's needs with those of the natural world. It is custodian of one of the world's most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes - which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet. The Museum's 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of the natural world. Their science is contributing critical data to help the global fight to save the future of the planet from the major threats of climate change and biodiversity loss through to finding solutions such as the sustainable extraction of natural resources. About the role We currently have a PhD Studentship/Marie Sklodowska-Curie early-stage researcher (ESR) position available: Light management strategies in marine macroalgae. The aim of this project is to study light management strategies in seaweeds. Structural colour is common in the marine environment, and the appearance of iridescent blue tips in the red alga Chondrus crispus, for example, is a familiar sight in rock pools on shores in the North Atlantic. Structural colour is reported in the red, green and brown seaweeds and yet the phenomenon is largely unexplored in these algae. The project will study of optical responses of structurally coloured algae and how these responses relate to morphology, photosynthetic activity, microbiome, bacteriosome and phylogeny of these organisms. It will include fieldwork on shores along the south coast of England, culture work, photophysiological studies (lab and field, including the use of hyperspectral imaging and PAM), molecular techniques, and microscopy (light and EM). This novel research area will also provide scope for the student to develop their own lines of research. The project will form part of the EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie Training Network (BEEP), which unites 9 beneficiaries and 8 partner organisations from both the academic and industrial sectors from 6 countries (United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, USA). About you We are looking for highly motivated researchers with an excellent academic background in Chemistry, Material Science, Biology and Physics. Applicants must at the time of recruitment: * Have a BSc and a MSc or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Biology or a related discipline * Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers * Have not been awarded a doctoral degree * Have not resided in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the last 3 years Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 7 April 2020 Fixed Term Contract: 36 months Offered salary: starting from £33,571 per annum To apply, please visit and upload your CV with a covering letter, which clearly outlines how you meet our person specification.

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