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Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: Penryn
Salary: From £29,515 up to £34,189 on Grade (E), depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th February 2019
Closes: 31st March 2019
Job Ref: P66124
 

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

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

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate to participate in research to understand the ecological importance of one of the world’s largest Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Indian Ocean. This Bertarelli Foundation for Marine Science funded post is available from 1st August 2019 to 31st July 2021. The successful applicant will conduct analysis of seabird tracking data to better understand marine habitat use across the Indian Ocean, with particular emphasis on the British Indian Ocean Territory MPA.

The post represents a collaboration between the University of Exeter and the Zoological Society of London, to provide important insight into the at-sea distribution and behaviour of seabirds in the British Indian Ocean Territory MPA. The aim is to use new and existing bird-borne tracking to identify drivers of habitat use and especially to understand the extent to which the MPA provides suitable foraging conditions across a wide range of seabird species.

The post will require processing and visualisation of GPS and geolcation data to reveal insights into where birds go and the use of state-of-the art analytical techniques to reveal behavioural states and ultimately to explain the drivers of habitat choice. The candidate would be expected to use these results to form the basis of peer-reviewed publications.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to analyse and then visualise animal movement data and use appropriate methods to test for drivers of habitat choice.

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

For further information please contact Stephen Votier, e-mail s.c.votier@ex.ac.uk or telephone (01326) 259416

The closing date for completed applications is 31st March. Interviews are expected to take place in late April.

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and holds an institutional Athena SWAN Silver award. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

   
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