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Vertebrate Ecotoxicologist

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Location: Lancaster, Work from home
Salary: £32,916
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th December 2021
Closes: 16th January 2022
Job Ref: JR557

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Would you like the opportunity to join a world leading ecotoxicology research team focussed on using wildlife monitoring to study the fate of chemicals in the environment? If yes read on...

This exciting role will address policy and scientific understanding gaps in the Ecotoxicological significance of contaminant exposure, design of monitoring programmes and the use of tissue archives. Interpretation of resultant data with a focus on the different approaches needed for highly toxic pollutants of low persistence versus classic highly persistent and bio accumulative pollutants.

You will work with the research team to characterise the exposure of wild animal populations to a range of chemicals of current and emerging concern. Working on high profile projects such as the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme, you will investigate: impacts of chemical management, e.g. ‘stewardship initiatives’,  on wildlife exposure to chemicals of concern including rodenticides; outcomes of work towards the UK Government 25 Year Environment Plan; and the contribution wildlife monitoring networks can make to issue identification and chemical risk assessment.

You will be involved in projects that have international collaborations and hence there is the potential to travel overseas.

Main responsibilities

  • Develop our data handling and reporting processes in collaboration with experts, to enhance our ability to detect changes in exposure and relate these changes to other drivers of population health.  
  • Lead on production of contract reports and research articles investigating the status and trends in exposure to contaminants of current and emerging concern. This will involve the use of comparative and trend statistical analysis.
  • Contribute to proposals for future funding and hence the shaping of the focus of work carried out by the vertebrate ecotoxicology team. 
  • Contribute to interactions with a range of stakeholders including government, industry, non-government organisations and public.

Selection Criteria 

Knowledge & Qualifications

  • PhD in a related subject (ecology, environmental science, toxicology) or a relevant BSc/MSc with 4 years additional experience working in this field 
  • An understanding of the principles of ecotoxicology
  • An aptitude for solving problems, self-motivated and with enthusiasm for the subject.

Experience/Proven abilities related to the position

  • Demonstrated scientific writing skills through publication of ISI journal papers
  • Experience of use of comparative and temporal trend statistical analysis

 Skills 

  • Statistical analysis
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good oral and written communication
  • A flexible attitude
  • Able to contribute to/lead reports and scientific publications
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and as part of small/large teams

Core Behaviours & Values

  • You will demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to UKCEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Teamwork.

Other Requirements

  • The post will potentially include overseas travel

Desirable skills 

  • Have experience of using R-script for data handling and statistical analysis
  • Driving licence (there is potential for fieldwork)

What we offer

To find out the benefits of working with UKCEH, please follow the link below for a summary.  https://www.ceh.ac.uk/sites/default/files/UKCEH-Terms-and-Conditions-Summary.pdf 

Interviews

Interviews will be held Wed, 26th Jan 2022.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, click the Apply link. Please note we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role, therefore we encourage you to apply early for this fantastic opportunity to join us.

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