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Post-Doctoral Researcher (Fixed-Term) (Part-Time)

Key information

Salary: Starting salary from £28,936- £33,518 (pro rata) per annum with further progression opportunities to £36,613 (pro rata)

Date advertised: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Closing date: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - midnight

Please quote reference: FST120

At BU our vision is to create a stimulating, challenging and rewarding University experience, through sharing a unique fusion of education, research and professional practice and inspiring our students and staff to enrich the world. Our highly skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences to build our global learning community.

The Faculty of Science & Technology is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and competent researcher to contribute to the project Rising from the Depths Network: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council under the call Global Challenges Research Fund Area-Focused Network Plus. Information about the project can be found at:

The post offers the opportunity to join an interdisciplinary team of academic staff, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, providing a stimulating and challenging opportunity to develop research with social impact in East Africa. The Rising from the Depths Network will identify new opportunities and methods for protecting and utilising marine cultural heritage to stimulate alternative sources of income and foster local identities, directly benefiting coastal communities in Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Madagascar. The person appointed will be based in the Department of Life & Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University and is expected to work in close collaboration with project partners (Roehampton, Ulster, York, Uppsala in Sweden and Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique) and engage with organisations part of the network.

Ideally, you will have a PhD in a subjected related to geosciences or physical geography or demonstrate clear evidence of research experience at a commensurate level. You will have experience in analysing quantitative and qualitative data to quantify/assess environmental changes in coastal and/or marine settings. A track record of publications in journals is essential. You will need to be self-motivated and a team player with good written and oral communication skills. 

The successful candidate will have specific responsibility for scoping and reporting on anthropogenic and climate-driven environmental changes and coastal management practices affecting risks and preservation of marine cultural heritage in East Africa. The key objective of the work will be to collate and analyse data to identify areas where coastal and marine cultural heritage are at greater risk from human-induced and climate-driven environmental change. The PDRA will contribute strongly to the project by creatively applying relevant research techniques and methods to develop the research agenda and be actively engaged in collaborative work, in writing new research proposals and disseminating the work through publications and presentations. 

This post is available on a fixed-term basis for 12 months; the post is part-time 0.8 FTE.

For informal discussions contact Dr Luciana S. Esteves,, tel. +44 (0)1202 962446.

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