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Research Associate in Turtle Biomechanics

The University of Manchester

Location: Manchester
Salary: £32,236 to £33,199
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th April 2019
Closes: 20th May 2019
Job Ref: BM&H-13850

Job Reference : BM&H-13850
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 20/05/2019
Salary : £32,236 - £33,199 per annum (according to experience)
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Evolution & Genomic Sciences
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : 01 September 2019 until 31 August 2022

FBMH Introduction

The integrated structure of our Faculty enables a truly translational approach to biology from discovery science through to organismal biology. It also encourages collaborative working, enabling staff to deliver innovative, world-leading research that has a very real and positive impact on people’s lives, as well as high-quality education and training to over 11,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Project Description

Turtles belong to the amniote clade and are one of the most iconic and ancient reptile groups, appearing in the fossil record over 220 million years ago. Although they are often thought of as being ‘primitive’ turtles have perhaps the most derived morphology found among living amniotes, their bony shell. The shell makes turtles unique in that the vertebral column (excluding the neck and tail) is inflexible because it is fused to the carapace. In almost all tetrapods a flexible vertebral column is an important contributor during locomotion. These adaptations to life inside a box influence three fundamental aspects of turtle biology; constraints on the way that they breathe, how they reproduce and how they move and the interaction between these processes. Our project will use physiological, biomechanical and biologging techniques to test the overarching hypothesis that adaptations in the turtle shell that optimise performance in either terrestrial or aquatic realms will sacrifice performance in others.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

“Successful candidates may be subject to pre-employment screening carried out on our behalf by a third party. The offer of employment will be dependent on the successful candidate passing that screening. Whilst you will be required to provide express consent at a later stage, by continuing with your application now you acknowledge that you are aware that such screening will take place, and agree to take part in the process.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies’’

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Manager: Dr Jonathan Codd


Tel: 0161 275 5474

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on 9the 'Apply' button above to find out more.

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