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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £29,515 up to £34,188 (pro rata) on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 30th September 2018
Job Ref: P63714

This part time (15 hours per week - with the potential to increase) post is available from 1st November 2018 to 31March 2020.  

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.  

The post

We wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate for a research team led by Dr Tom Rice on the Economic and Social Research Council funded project ‘Listening to the Zoo’. You will use zoological, ethological and bioacoustics expertise as part of an interdisciplinary project to generate detailed knowledge about the sound worlds of two zoos affiliated to the project. The post will require you to design and conduct bio acoustical research as part of an interdisciplinary research team, and to assist with the production of project outputs including academic articles and guidance for zoo professionals as well as impact activities such as educational resources and workshops.

About you

You will have experience in and enthusiasm for bio acoustical research and will be experienced in research design and procedures, and in the dissemination of outcomes. Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in the field of zoology with a specialism in bioacoustics, or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. You will be able to gather and collate information about zoo sounds in accordance with bio acoustical research protocols, but will also be open to novel approaches and close interdisciplinary collaboration with social scientists. 

What we can offer you

  • An opportunity to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document click here.

For further information please contact Dr Tom Rice,

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, onsite gym, cycle to work scheme, sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy; and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 

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