PhD Student Position Contaminants and Coral Reefs

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PhD Student position:  Effects of contaminants on the fitness of coral reef associated species

Position Summary

The proposed research will investigate the response of coral reef species and associated fauna to contaminants. This research will assess molecular tools to study the responses of coral species to stressors investigated physiological responses using a combination of lab- and field-based experiments. The research may also investigate the application of transcriptomics to identify genes that are differentially expressed in response to stressors and the utility of mitigation methods for restoring coral species following bleaching events. The candidate should have experience in conducting marine field research, some experience with molecular techniques and general marine benthic ecology expertise. 


KAUST is a graduate research university located on the edge of the Red Sea in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (



  1. MSc in Marine Ecology or other related field;
  2. Proven publication record in the field of marine ecology;
  3. Proven experience working on marine and coastal environments, and how natural and anthropogenic disturbances impact benthic marine communities;
  4. Documented experience of extensive ecological field surveys;
  5. Competency in applying and interpreting statistical analyses;
  6. Fluent in English, both spoken and written;
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  8. Ability to work collaboratively and foster a cooperative work environment;
  9. Ability to produce high quality deliverables on time and to work in a multi-tasking environment;
  10. Good organizational skills and a strong ability to accomplish tasks independently.



The studentship includes paid tuition fees and a tax-free stipend, as well as other benefits (housing, health and life insurances, etc.).


To apply, please submit a single pdf file with a cover letter, including a brief statement of research interests (no more than 2 pages), detailed curriculum vitae, and the contact information of three references to Jennifer Otoadese, Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning 15 August 2017. Early application is advisable. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest and advise that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.