Research Assistant

Swansea University - Biosciences Department

Fixed-term 2 years, with an option for 2 additional years, commencing July 2018

Main Purpose of the Post

You will join the Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement (FIRE) Lab, a growing interdisciplinary team working at the intersection of research and community engagement, and to build equity into our research. The goals of this project are to determine built infrastructure impacts on ecological patterns and processes in freshwater ecosystems, and to evaluate global change and policy influences on built infrastructure and freshwater conservation priorities now and in future. You will be responsible for conducting systematic literature reviews, processing and handling large spatial datasets, statistical modelling, and engagement with diverse project partners. Knowledge of freshwater ecosystems as well as related research and spatial data is a plus, but is not required. We seek a researcher with a background in geography, environmental science, computer science, conservation science, or other related field, and who has experience working on inter- or transdisciplinary research projects, a passion for creative approaches to addressing broad-scale environmental resource management questions, and a commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive environment. You should be proficient in ArcGIS, R, and other related software, have completed at least a Master of Science at the time of appointment, and have published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, or have a demonstrated ability to do so.

The Department of Biosciences is an exciting place to learn and conduct research. The FIRE lab is a young and growing group, and places mentorship at the core of research and service, and lab members are supported and encouraged to pursue diverse professional development opportunities both within and beyond the university. This project also offers interdisciplinary research opportunities to collaborate across the College of Science with researchers in Geography, and other research disciplines, including Arts and Humanities. Swansea and the Southwest coast of Wales have an outstanding coastline, with 100s of beaches, harbours, inlets, and islands nearby.  Swansea is a vibrant and culturally diverse medium sized city, with active arts, poetry, and theatre communities

Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

Informal enquiries: Dr Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley,

This post will close at midnight 13 May  

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The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds.

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