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Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: Cornwall
Salary: The starting salary will be from £30,497 on Grade E for Associate level, and from £36,382 on Grade F for Fellow level.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th January 2022
Closes: 30th January 2022
Job Ref: R79955

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

This full-time post is available from 1 February 2022 on a fixed term basis until 31 March 2023 in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

The post

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow to help lead the delivery of two Darwin Initiative-funded projects focussing on the ecology and conservation of marine turtles and seabirds at Ascension Island: a remote UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean that is home to one of the world’s largest marine protected areas. This fixed term post is available immediately until 31st March 2023. The successful applicant will be responsible for analysing a range of existing datasets to assess how future climate change will affect the reproductive output (hatching/fledging success, sex ratio) of Ascension’s globally-important sea turtle and seabird populations. The post holder may also be required to support analyses of long-term marine turtle population monitoring datasets to assess opportunities for streamlining existing monitoring protocols.

The post will include:

  • Analysing large ecological datasets and developing statistical models.
  • Modelling temperature-dependence of offspring sex ratio and hatching success in sea turtles.
  • Modelling oceanographic predictors of fledging success in topical seabirds (e.g. boobies and frigate birds)
  • Accessing and working with satellite remote sensing datasets and climatological time series.
  • Leading the preparation of project reports to funders.
  • Liaising with project partners on the delivery of collaborative research outputs.
  • Leading and contributing to manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

About you

You will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. At Fellow level, you will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion at Associate Level) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants at Fellow level will ideally be a nationally recognised authority in marine vertebrate ecology and conservation.

Applicants will be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in ecological data analysis using R and will have a proven track of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Previous experience of working with sea turtles and/or seabirds is highly desirable.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification available on our website for full details of this role.

Further information

For further information please contact Dr Sam Weber, e-mail sam.weber@ex.ac.uk or telephone (01326) 259331.

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