Ten Early Stage Researchers recruited to CACHE

CACHE is pleased to announce that the ten Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) it had sought to employ, have now been recruited. The ESRs will be registered for PhDs and work both as part of a multidisciplinary team as well as independently.


These positions are part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network entitled CACHE: Calcium in a Changing Environment, funded by the EU (ref: 605051) and co-ordinated by the British Antarctic Survey.


Dr Melody Clark, CACHE Project Co-ordinator, said: “We were amazed by the quality and standard of the applications for the fellowships and it was a challenge deciding on the successful applicants. The final ESRs will be in place by October, with our first annual meeting in November. We’re all really excited about this project and are really glad to be getting under way. Watch this space for some fantastic results in the next three years!”


Over the course of the next three years, the fellows will be researching the following areas:


  • ESR1 Variation in shell composition and thickness with latitude and historical time
  • ESR2 Population structure and local adaptation in commercially important European shellfish
  • ESR3 Adaption of the cultured Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) to climate change
  • ESR4 Calcification costs in adult and larval bivalves along environmental gradients
  • ESR5 Transcriptional profiling of shell calcification
  • ESR6 Shell Proteomics
  • ESR7 Regulatory mechanisms in bivalve shell formation
  • ESR8 Intracellular mechanisms of calcification in bivalves.
  • ESR 9: Intracellular formation of amorphous calcium carbonate
  • ESR 10: Assessing adaptation potential and selection of resilient strains


In addition to the ESRs, four junior post-doctoral positions will be appointed to the CACHE project on a short-term basis to provide either a centralised resource or an overview of the applications of the CACHE research.


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