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Senior Research Associate – Coral Reef Fish Ecology: Determinants of Fish Nutrient Quality (ERC)

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £33,518 to £38,832
Closing Date:   Monday 06 August 2018
Interview Date:   Friday 14 September 2018
Reference:  A2338

An exciting opportunity exists for a marine or nutrition scientist to contribute to an ERC funded project: Coral Reef Fish Ecology: Determinants of Fish Nutrient Quality (ERC)

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic marine or nutrition scientist to contribute to a project investigating the drivers of fish nutrient quality amongst coral reef fish communities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO; Kenya, Seychelles, and Madagascar). 

Over a billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies that can cause stunting and premature death (Black et al 2013, FAO 2016). In East Africa, 124 million people are food insecure, with coastal areas often the most affected. Although fish are particularly high in many micro and macronutrients essential to health and development, there is considerable variation in nutrient concentrations among species. Furthermore, over the past 20 years, overfishing and climate change has altered fish community composition in the WIO (McClanahan et al 2008, Graham et al 2015), and in the same period, food insecurity has increased by 20% (FAO 2016). Consequently, particular effort is needed to understand 1) which species have the greatest concentrations of key nutrients; 2) where these species are found; and 3) how have the nutrients available within individual species of fish, and across fish community assemblages changed under contemporary conditions of fishing pressure and climate change.

This is part of an ERC funded project that aims to develop a theoretically grounded and interdisciplinary understanding of the ecological and socio-cultural determinants of the nutritional contributions small-scale fisheries make to human health.

You will join a strong interdisciplinary team involving both ecological and social scientists at Lancaster University, and will be expected to work closely with partners in statistical ecology and human nutrition at Dalhousie University (A. MacNeil) and John Hopkins University (A. Thorne-Lyman)

You will have a background in marine or nutrition science, and relevant experience in fieldwork, statistical modelling, and writing publications. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Attention to detail and good English writing skills are essential to meet the exciting and challenging goals of the project.

This is a fixed term, full time post for 3 years.

For more information, see the Further Information link below.

Informal enquiries to Dr. Christina Hicks, Lancaster Environment Centre, +44 (0)1524 595089, christina.hicks@lancaster.ac.uk.

Deadline for applications is August 6th 2018.  It is anticipated that the successful candidate will be available to start mid- 2018.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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