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Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,866 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st October 2019
Closes: 20th November 2019
Job Ref: UOS024287

Contract Type: Fixed Term with a proposed start date of 6 January 2020, or as soon as possible afterwards, for a period of 24 months.

Faculty: Faculty of Science

The Department of Animal and Plant Sciences is looking to appoint a Research Associate for a NERC funded project entitled: ‘Towards a general theory of ecological impacts of multiple, simultaneous stressors’. The project involves modelling complex population and community responses to multiple simultaneous forms of stress using state of the art bio-energetic food web and foraging models. The primary goal is to reveal how features of stressors and features of communities combine to reveal the predictability and the generality of multiple stressor effects.

The successful candidate will capitalise on a newly established modelling framework to perform computer experiments that allow biological mechanisms at multiple scales to determine if stress adds up or not. We will explore the distribution of additive and interactive effects caused by multiple stressors compare this to patterns in real data.

Applicants must have a PhD (or be close to completion) related to food web ecology and species interactions; outstanding modelling/quantitative skills with experience in one or more programming environments (e.g. R, Matlab, Julia, C++ etc; and experience with making inference across multiple biological scales. 

You will join a Research Technician, additional post-docs and 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). They will join an exciting ecology and evolutionary biology research group in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield focused on advancing knowledge and understanding of how ecosystems function and respond to environmental change over long and short time periods.

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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