PhD opportunity (apply soon! deadline June 2018): Autonomous monitoring of marine organisms with novel technologies


Summer Research Experience Placement Funded Through NEXUSS CDT

We are offering a summer research experience placement on environmental DNA.

Project Overview

Contemporary DNA sequencing technologies have enabled a leap in our understanding of the diversity of life in the oceans. Through the sequencing of DNA found in the environment (environmental DNA or eDNA) we are able to determine the species present in the area in which the sample was taken. This technology has vast applications in biodiversity monitoring, biosecurity, human-heath and aquaculture.
This project aims to explore various methodological aspects of the use of next generation sequencing in ocean biodiversity monitoring. In particular, the student will initially explore the effects of different bioinformatic clustering algorithms on the total number of operational taxonomic units (i.e. a proxy of species richness) produced in datasets from oceanic cruises, port surveys and aquaria. The optimal algorithm will then be used to analyse current data from an active grant and PhD project. The student will be encouraged to pursue elements of the project that best suit her / his interests.
Over the course of the project it is expected that the student will gain hands on experience with every element of the experimental process, including field and lab work, bioinformatics and statistical analysis. The student will gain knowledge and skills in cutting edge aquatic biomonitoring, an appreciation of independent research and general research skills useful in both academic and industrial careers.
The student will be based at the National Oceanography Centre and will benefit from a close collaboration between staff from the Ocean Technology & Engineering Group and the Ecology and Evolution Lab.

See more detailed information in the link below:

Oceanic Biodiversity Assessments using Environmental DNA


The deadline for student applications is noon on the 21st May 2018.

Students will be selected by the NEXUSS Steering Committee and notified by 31st May 2018.

Eligibility of students – Selected students must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for a REP.
The students must:
• Be studying for an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline outside of NERC’s scientific remit (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/portfolio/remit/) (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering,physics).
• Be applying for a placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree.
• Be undertaking their first undergraduate degree studies (or integrated Masters).
• Be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree.
• Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (i.e. UK, EU or right to remain in the UK).

Please note that in order for the applications to be considered you must submit:
1. REP Student Proforma (application form)
2. CV (no more than two pages)
3. And transcript or tutor statement indicating your mark profile to nexuss@soton.ac.uk

Please contact Marc Rius if you have any questions. To apply follow this link


Postdocs: Please contact Marc Rius with a clear idea of the research questions you are interested in and possible funding opportunities, e.g.: Marie CurieNERCERC

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