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Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,302 to £33,199 Grade 7 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2018
Closes: 8th November 2018
Job Ref: UOS020563

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31 December 2021

Faculty: Faculty of Science

The Beckerman Lab, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, is hiring a Research Associate for a NERC funded project entitled: ‘Towards a general theory of ecological impacts of multiple, simultaneous stressors’. The project involves modelling population and community responses to multiple simultaneous forms of stress using state of the art bio-energetic food web and foraging models. You will capitalise on a newly established modelling framework to perform computer experiments that explore the distribution of additive and interactive effects caused by multiple stressors. You will build models that allow biological mechanisms at multiple scales to determine if stress adds up or not, and then compare this to patterns in real data. This will reveal how features of stressors and features of communities combine to generate theory about predictability and the generality of multiple stressor effects.

You will ideally have 1) a PhD related to food web ecology and species interactions; or equivalent experience 2) outstanding modelling skills with experience in one or more programming environments (e.g. R, Matlab, Julia, C++ etc; and 3) experience with making inference across multiple biological scales.

You will join a Research Technician as part of a wider international team of researchers supporting modelling (Tim Poisot, Montreal; Julia Blanchard, Tasmania), multi-stressor and prediction research (Dr. Owen Petchey, Zurich) and challenging models with data (Ute Jacob, Hamburg; Tom Webb, Sheffield). You will join an exciting ecology and evolutionary biology research group focused on advancing knowledge and understanding of how ecosystems function and respond to environmental change over long and short time periods in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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