Cold-water coral ecosystem restoration Postdoctoral Research Associate

Edinburgh – Kings Buildings, Midlothian, United Kingdom (100% On-campus)


  • Job Identification: 10486
  • Locations The King’s Buildings, Edinburgh, EH9 3JW, GB (100% On-campus)
  • Apply Before: 06/14/2024, 11:59 PM
  • Health and Safety Requirements: Key hazards identified (plan is in place)
  • Criminal Record Check: No criminal record check required
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term
  • Number of Openings 1
  • Grade: UE07
  • Organization: Geosciences, Edinburgh University Group
  • Department: Geosciences
  • Job Function: Researcher
  • Job Schedule: Full time


UE07:  £39,347 to £46,974
CSE / Geosciences
Full-time (35 hours per week )
Fixed-term until 31 January 2028

The Opportunity:

Fixed term until 31 January 2028.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week) with work taking place between the Changing Oceans Group (School of GeoSciences) and Conservation Genetics Group (Roslin Institute).

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Working with industry, government and other partners to source corals from North Sea platforms and plan their transport, husbandry and deployment in restoration sites.
  • Working with REDRESS project partners to align work and maximise efficiencies e.g. for use of artificial reef modules and to optimise restoration site selection.
  • Work with REDRESS project partners to understand resilience of restoration areas to climate change and future human uses.
  • Ensure sufficient coral populations are sampled to allow regional analysis of population genetics in North Sea and NE Atlantic margin. Complete the population genetics analysis and interpret considering pan-Atlantic analyses arising from published literature and results from recent projects.
  • Understand and contribute to the evolution of marine policy and governance regimes that ultimately regulate deep-sea ecosystem restoration.

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

  • A competitive salary of (£39,347- £46,974)
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work.
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community.
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our staff benefits page and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits

Championing equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Prior to any employment commencing with the University you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

Key dates to note

The closing date for applications is 14 June 2024

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Interviews will be held week of 26 June


As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.


The School of GeoSciences explores the factors and forces that shape our world. The school aims to understand the world through fundamental curiosity-driven research and to support prescient decision-making at individual to global scales. We undertake world-leading research; offer new ways of understanding natural and social drivers of change; provide inter-and trans-disciplinary solutions; and work in partnership to improve livelihoods and explore ways to manage the environment that are both sustainable and socially equitable.

With over 500 academics, researchers and research students, we are the largest and most successful interdisciplinary grouping of geoscientists and geographers in the UK. Research activity is coordinated within three main Research Institutes – Global Change, Earth and Planetary Science, and Geography and the Lived Environment – and within smaller research groupings that reach across and beyond the School.

A distinctive feature of the School is the combination of academic strength, intellectual breadth and societal relevance. Our interdisciplinary research and teaching builds on established core disciplines (ecology, environmental sciences, geography, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography) to provide a variety of approaches to understanding the world (including, for example, system-scale modelling, process studies and the development of urban and social theory). The School’s research covers fundamental ‘blue-skies’ questions, as well as having application to key societal challenges including inequality and vulnerability; urban precarity; nature and cultural meaning; development and sustainability; climate and environmental change; energy, food and water security; health and wellbeing; natural resources; and natural hazards.

The School holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality in higher education.  Our aim is to recognise and value diversity in our staff and students, and to support flexible and family-friendly working.

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