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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

School of Biological Sciences

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £35,333 to £41,743 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Thursday 28 February 2019
Reference:  0119-029

While the variation and function of eggshell colour has received much attention, the actual structure of the eggshell itself has received comparatively little focus. The relatively few studies that have investigated eggshell structure, particularly that of the egg surface, have found large variation in surface-structures and shell thickness. However, little is known about how these structures function, or rather, what their true function is. This project aims to characterise eggshell surface structure along the avian phylogenetic tree, and determine – through novel physiological, mechanical and structural engineering approaches – how different eggshell surface structures function. The work will be in collaboration with Dr James Bowen at The Open University.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in biological sciences, or equivalent. They will have worked with either eggs, animals or museum specimens before, and have some experience in conducting physiological or biomechanical experiments. They will have a record of publishing in international peer-reviewed journals, and the ability to communicate their science to colleagues and the public. Attention to detail is a must. They must be able to work well as part of a team, both within Royal Holloway and with collaborators.

This is a full time post, available from 15th May 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed term period of 24 months. This post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Steve Portugal on Steve.Portugal@rhul.ac.uk or +44 (0)1784 443539. 

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.ukThe RHUL Recruitment Team can be contacted with queries by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk or via telephone on: +44 (0)1784 41 4241.

Please quote the reference: 0119-029

Closing Date:Midnight, 28th February 2019

Interview Date: 12th March 2019


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