Post-Doctoral Technical Assistant (Fixed Term)

Bournemouth University - The Department of Life & Environmental Sciences

The Department of Life & Environmental Sciences within The Faculty of Science & Technology is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic researcher to contribute to a recently funded NERC Valuing Nature Programme project within the Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainability, Bournemouth University.

The post offers the opportunity to join an active research group of academic staff, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students, providing a stimulating and challenging research environment. This research is concerned with analysing the spatio-temporal dynamics of natural capital and ecosystem services within the county of Dorset, and with using this analysis to determine the occurrence and potential impacts of ecological thresholds and tipping points.  

Ideally, you will have, or be near to completing, a PhD in a relevant area or be able to demonstrate clear evidence of work at a commensurate level. Experience of using Geographical Information Systems to manipulate and analyse spatial data, and of conducting statistical analyses on spatial data, are essential. Experience of conducting simulations and mathematical modelling are also considered desirable.

You will be expected to contribute strongly to the research group, by assisting with implementation of the research project and by contributing to project outputs. You will also be expected to liaise with other research partners involved in the project, including the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Cambridge. The position offers an outstanding opportunity to contribute to a major research project, and to participate fully in the extensive academic network established by the Valuing Nature Programme ( Good written and oral communication skills are required. You will need to be self-motivated and a team player.

The post is offered on a fixed term basis up to 31 January 2019.

For informal discussions contact Professor Adrian Newton (email:  

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form. Alternatively, please telephone 01202 961133 quoting the appropriate reference. 

Closing date: (Midnight) Wednesday 4 January 2017.

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