The College of Life and Environmental Sciences wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of Prof Mike Allen. This GRTA funded post is available immediately to 27th November 2020.
This post will be based at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory
The successful applicant will provide technical and outreach support to help deliver Exeter’s Global Research Translation Award: Sustainable Solutions to Food Security Challenges, working on the conversion of Mexico’s problematic seaweed bloom biomass into high quality, low cost sustainable agricultural fertiliser products.
The post will focus on providing technical support to allow the thermochemical processing of problematic macroalgal (seaweed) biomass obtained from Mexico’s Caribbean coast. You will be responsible for sourcing seaweed samples from Mexico and the UK, and preparing them for hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), as well as undertaking outreach activities associated with the project. Working with Mexican academic and industrial partners, the ultimate goal is to develop a suite of agricultural fertilisers which are market ready by the end of the project.
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.
Applicants will be educated to first degree level or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study or equivalent experience and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to source and process algal samples, liaise with project partners in the UK and Mexico and be proficient in undertaking outreach activities (such as stakeholder interactions, social media).
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