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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Oxford - Department of Zoology

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 p.a., Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th August 2019
Closes: 27th September 2019
Job Ref: 142374

Applications are invited for a fixed-term Postdoctoral Research Assistant to be held at the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, from 1 December 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for 31 months. This post is funded as part of a grant from the Natural Environmental Research Council to Professor Ben C Sheldon, Dr Josh Firth and Dr Ella Cole.

The position will use a long-term study population of wild birds (great tits) at Wytham Woods, near Oxford, as a model system to address questions relating to ecology, social behaviour and information transmission in natural populations.

The main duties of the postholder will be to conduct research by addressing how interplay between ecology, social networks, and behaviour spread in a wild bird population; preparation of the arising papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals and the design and execution of experiments in relation to the project, and collection of data in relation to the long-term study system (Wytham Tits Project:                                                        

Successful candidates must hold a PhD (or be near to completion) and research specialisation in the field of animal social behaviour; experience in social network analysis and handling large-scale data sets with demonstrable proficiency in R; experience in running field-based data collection and proven skills in writing and publishing papers in leading journals.      

The post is based in a dynamic and expanding research-active institute, of c. 50 people, fully integrated within the Department of Zoology. Further details about the institute available at:

Informal inquiries about the post (but not formal applications) should be addressed to Professor Ben Sheldon

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 27 September 2019.

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