The Deep, one of the largest public aquariums in the United Kingdom, has a research associate position available which includes participation in a project to assess the risk of extinction for a large number of marine species for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species through a collaborative initiative with the IUCN Global Species Programme. 

The primary responsibilities will include species-specific background research to assist with the Red Listing process, organizing and facilitating international workshops and meetings, and writing proposals, reports and scientific papers.

The post holder will play a key role in progressing the Global Marine Species Assessment, towards the initial goal of assessing 20,000 marine species by 2020.

In addition they will be required to assist with the development and delivery of a conservation education programme for the general public as part of The Deep’s education remit.  The post holder will also advise and assist in the development of a model to encourage other aquariums to further engage with Red Listing and to showcase The Deep’s leadership in this effort. This position will report to both the IUCN Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) Manager and The Deep’s Curator.

This is a permanent contract - 39 hours per week, £27,000 per annum


Key functions as The Deep, Marine IUCN Red List Officer:   

With the GMSA Manager and the GMSA postdoctoral researcher, jointly oversee the assessment process of priority marine species for publication on the IUCN Red List. This includes:

Contribute to development and implementation of projects that support the objectives of the GMSA. This includes:

Play a key role in contributing and promoting The Deep / IUCN partnership and the IUCN Red List:

With the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Director of Specialist Group partnerships, build Red List Assessment capacity across the European aquarium community: 

Other responsibilities:




To apply please complete an online application form at  

For queries please contact: Louise Kirby at, +44 (0) 1482 381004.

Deadline for receipt of completed application 9am, Monday 8th February 2016

Interviews likely the weeks commencing the 22nd February and 29th February 2016

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