Research Fellow in Wetland Exploitation

University of Sussex - School of Life Sciences

Hours: Part time (0.4 FTE).
Contract:Fixed term from 1 April 2018 to 31 September 2018.
Expected start date: 1 May 2018 or shortly thereafter.

Project: Wet-Ex: Modelling human exploitation of freshwater wetland wildlife.

The global importance of wetlands has been recognised by the Ramsar convention in 1971. One of its aims is to ensure the “wise use” of all wetlands. Surprisingly, the quantification of human use or exploitation of freshwater wild species from wetlands has not been attempted at an international scale.

We wish to appoint a post-doctoral researcher to work with Prof Jörn Scharlemann at the University of Sussex ( and Prof Christopher Joyce at the University of Brighton ( to collate data and model patterns and changes in freshwater biomass exploitation.

Using data and models, we aim to answer research questions of global significance that have profound policy and management implications, namely how important are freshwater wild species to humans and is human exploitation pushing freshwater species towards extinctions?

You will need to be confident working with databases, be meticulous and well organised, able to communicate with researchers and policy makers, able to work on your own initiative and within teams. Ideally you will have knowledge of wetlands and data analysis.

The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies.

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex is collaborating with the School of Environment and Technology (SET) at the University of Brighton during this project.  SET hosts the internationally-renowned Centre for Aquatic Environments, an inter-disciplinary research centre providing scientific evidence and people-focused solutions to optimise the responsible management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

For further information or to discuss the role please contact Prof Christopher Joyce, email:, or Prof Jörn Scharlemann, email:

Applications should be accompanied by a full CV, a statement of research interests and aspirations (not more than 3 pages), and the names of at least two academic referees.

For full details and how to apply see our vacancies page.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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