|Salary:||£24,871 to £27,924 pro rata grade F|
|Placed On:||17th December 2021|
|Closes:||16th February 2022|
Additional information: This is a fixed-term contract until 31st July 2022
We are deeply proud of our academic community. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a diverse and dynamic learning environment, defined by a shared sense of respect for all its people. Our mission is to be bold, to do the right things and to change lives, and our academics are key to realising those goals. Their work continues to reinforce our credentials as an award-winning university, and a research centre of excellence.
Our continued success — underpinned by the number of prestigious national awards we’ve won — has hinged on two commitments: forging excellent partnerships around the world and harnessing the talents of all our people. We secured a ‘Gold’ rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework; received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our pioneering research; and in 2018, we were the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, further demonstrating our commitment to ensuring ‘success for all’. NTU is a university at the peak of its powers, but we know we can still go even further. That’s why we’re now looking for new, passionate, ambitious people to join our community.
Ecologists from the School of Science and Technology deliver research at the forefront of the rapidly developing discipline of freshwater ecology, including recognition of ‘temporary streams’ as natural, dynamic ecosystems that require effective management to protect their biodiversity and functions. To ensure the real-world relevance of our leading research, we have productive relationships with ecosystem managers at organisations including the Environment Agency.
We seek to recruit a full-time Research Assistant with the knowledge, skills and experience to contribute to an ongoing collaborative project exploring the biodiversity of temporary (also termed ‘winterbourne’) chalk streams and springs in south England. These dynamic freshwater ecosystems are valued for their ecological quality but also subject to anthropogenic pressures including water abstraction and drought. Our aim is to inform management actions taken by our Environment Agency collaborators, thus enhancing the protection of biodiversity in the headwaters of chalk river networks. As our Research Assistant, your role will focus on the analysis of a dataset we’ve collected to characterize aquatic macroinvertebrate communities and their habitats. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the preparation of an industry report and/or primary research paper for publication in a scientific journal. You may also be asked to conduct ecological fieldwork and lab work. Throughout the project, you’ll be part of our research team, and will be supported by academic staff and our Environment Agency partners.
Applications are welcomed from candidates with interest and experience in freshwater ecosystems, ideally encompassing the collection of field data, identification of biological specimens, and—in particular—the analysis and reporting of ecological data.
Interview Date: w/c 21 February 2022
If you have any queries about this role, please contact Rachel Stubbington, Professor in River Ecology via firstname.lastname@example.org or +44115 848 3769.
NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.
This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.
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