VACANCY Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter
Renewable Energy / Ecology and Conservation (Cornwall)

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Prof Dave Hodgson and Prof Lars Johanning on a research project funded by BBSRC and Innovate UK. The project aims to determine the environmental and economic potential of in-sea aquaculture of European lobsters. This post is available from 1st of May 2018 for 4 months.   This project will contribute towards the outputs of the National Lobster Hatchery led, Lobster Grower Project.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities.  We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The project will support the analysis of evidence based environmental information and development of predictive tools that will demonstrate the reliance of lobster biology on environmental parameters, help to optimise deployment strategies, de-risk future operations, and predict the survival and growth of European lobsters Homarus gammarus in farming conditions at sea. The predictive tools form a critical module that will feed into an aqua-economic model, allowing the determination of economically viable management and deployment strategies through demonstration of the reliance of lobster biology on environmental parameters, deployment strategies, and hydrodynamic conditions. The post will include the delivery of these statistical tools, and also involve the modelling of environmental parameters that influence lobster development, and environmental by-products of lobster production.  

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Postdoctoral Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in crustacean biology or aquaculture, with skills in statistical modelling; and be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. The successful applicant will also be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically, and develop research programmes and methodologies. 

The successful candidate will be appointed at Postdoctoral Research Associate (Grade E) or Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Grade F) depending on the skills and experience the individual can bring to the role. Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level. Starting salaries at the appropriate grade are:

To view the Job Description, Person Specification document or apply online, you can download and apply through the University of Exeter website You will need to do a search to find the post advertised (Job Ref R57321) and from that post you can download the job description and apply online.

For further information, please contact Professor Lars Johanning (, 01326 2537300) or Professor Dave Hodgson (, 01326 371829).

• Location: Cornwall • Salary: Postdoctoral Research Associate: salary on Grade E from £28,936 – £33,518 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. Postdoctoral Research Fellow: salary on Grade F from £34,520 – £38,833 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. • Job reference: R57321 • Application closing date: 14/03/2018 • Package: Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).