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Research Assistant - QMUL23111

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £31,613 - £33,324 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL23111
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 09-Oct-2020
Closing date: 23-Oct-2020

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A Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) to complete a joint research project with the University of Essex exploring “A new dynamic for Phosphorus in RIverbed Nitrogen Cycling - PRINCe” funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Here we will combine biogeochemistry, molecular ecology and bio-imaging to understand how the availability of phosphorus controls either the removal or retention of fixed nitrogen in rivers.

The post-holder will trace the effects of phosphorous on the fate of nitrogen in riverbed sediments. The post is within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL, under the direct supervision of Prof. Mark Trimmer, but will also collaborate with Drs. Corinne Whitby, Boyd McKew and Philippe Laissue at the University of Essex. The remaining part of the project is laboratory based working with sediments collected from chalk and sand-bed rivers from across southern England, UK. You will apply a suite of 15N isotopes to characterise both nitrification and the production of N2O and N2 in carefully controlled laboratory manipulations using flow-through-reactors – the materials from which will be used by our collaborators at Essex to characterise the abundance and expression of key functional genes and the spatial distribution of the microbes. The ideal candidate for this position should have completed at least a year of their PhD in biogeochemistry or a related field. Demonstrable self-reliance would be desirable, as would a modest track record of peer-reviewed papers.

The post is based at Mile End Campus in London. It is a full-time, fixed term and will be available until 28th February 2021. The salary is in the range of £31,613 – £33,324 pro rata and is inclusive of London allowance. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we have fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. We continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it is simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We offer a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for fixed-term) and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

Informal enquiries for further information are welcomed and may be made to Prof M Trimmer via email to

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The closing date for applications is 23 October 2020. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter

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