Research Fellow in Ancient DNA - AR1790SB
Vacancy Description
School of Geography & Geosciences, Department of Geography & Sustainable Development, Salary: £31,656 - £37,768 per annum, Start: As soon as possible, Fixed term for 18 months
The Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at St Andrews is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher for 18 months to work with Professor Keith Bennett on research with ancient DNA, particularly with DNA from sediments and fossil pollen. The successful applicant will have recently completed or be near to successful completion of a PhD and should, ideally, have expertise with subfossil samples and ancient DNA.

The extraction of ancient DNA from subfossil samples is a rapidly expanding field as new techniques develop. These DNA remains offer the potential to substantially refine the taxonomic level at which fossils can be identified, and enable the discovery of the existence of taxa that are invisible using solely classical palaeoecological techniques. However, results are dependent on understanding the taphonomy of DNA in sediments from lakes and other organic materials. The Postdoctoral Researcher will establish an ancient DNA laboratory, and work on the taphonomy and identification of ancient DNA remains from Holocene sediments from Scotland and elsewhere, as appropriate. 

The post is available immediately, for a period of 18 months.

Interested applicants should contact Professor Keith Bennett (kdb2@st-andrews.ac.uk; +44(0)1334 463907).

Applications are particularly welcome from women, who are under-represented in Research posts at the University.  You can find out more about Equality & Diversity at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/.

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;  http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/

Please quote ref:  AR1790SB

Closing Date:  29 July 2016

Further Particulars:
AR1790SB FPs.pdf

School of Geography & Geosciences
Department of Geography & Sustainable Development
Salary: £31,656 - £37,768 per annum
Start: As soon as possible
Fixed term for 18 months