Research Fellow in Theoretical Ecology

University of Aberdeen - School of Biological Sciences

Major objectives in ecology are to understand and forecast population dynamic responses to environmental change. However, existing population dynamic theory and models have not yet fully encompassed individual variation, and emerging demographic variation, in a key trait that allows individuals to respond to environmental variation: seasonal migration.

We seek a Theoretical Ecologist to join a Natural Environment Research Council-funded research project that aims to understand demographic variation and population dynamics arising in partially-migratory systems. The appointed Research Fellow will be responsible for designing, building and analysing population dynamic models to identify general theoretical relationships between environmental variation, demographic variation and the spatio-temporal dynamics of partially-migratory populations, and for producing high quality outputs in the form of papers and presentations.

The post provides an exciting opportunity for a highly-motivated researcher with skills in theoretical ecology, and interest in linking population ecology theory with insights emerging from empirical studies. It provides opportunities to work within established successful research teams at University of Aberdeen and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and ample opportunities for further high-level scientific training, publication and career advancement.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 scale (£32,004- £33,944 per annum), with placement according to qualifications and experience. Consideration will be given to making an appointment at Research Assistant, Grade 5 level in the first instance (£26,829 - £30,175 per annum) for individual in the final stages of completing their PhD.

As this post is externally funded by NERC it is available for 21 months with a preferred start date of 1 March 2018.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Jane Reid, School of Biological Sciences, e-mail:

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact [Marian Elliott-Jones, HR Adviser,] for further information.

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Job Reference Number: SBS021R

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 28 September 2017

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