Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Edinburgh - School of Biological Sciences

College of Science and Engineering

A three-year postdoctoral research position is available in a NERC funded project studying the relationship between temperature and optimal breeding phenology of blue tits over space and time. The research will involve field data collection and manipulative experiments replicated across 44 sites along a 200km transect in the Scottish Highlands, combined with analysis of metabarcoding derived diet data, and application of novel statistical models. The relationship between temperature and optimum phenology is key to predicting population responses to climate change and the postdoc will establish (i) whether this relationship varies among populations; (ii) its mechanistic underpinnings and (iii) whether space can substitute for time in estimating the relationship. Essential experience includes the statistical analysis of complex data sets and the use of hierarchical (mixed) models. Some experience with large-scale fieldwork would be useful and the applicant must have good communication skills and be able to manage a team of field assistants.

The project is funded by a Natural Environment Research Council (UK) grant to Dr Ally Phillimore and Dr Jarrod Hadfield (University of Edinburgh), and Dr James Pearce-Higgins and Dr Dave Leech (British Trust for Ornithology). The postdoc would join a large and active research group in Edinburgh working on the evolutionary ecology of wild populations.

This post is full time and fixed term for 3 years. The post is available from 1st Jan 2018.

Informal enquiries to:

Ally Phillimore, Institute of Evolutionary Biology University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, UK Tel. (44) 131 650 5413

Closing Date: Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 5pm (GMT)

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