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Technician

The University of Edinburgh - College of Sciences and Engineering - School of Biological Sciences - Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £38,205 to £42,978 per annum, dependent on experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th February 2024
Closes: 12th March 2024
Job Ref: 9667

Contract type: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Fixed-term: 1st April 2024 – 29th November 2025

A technician position is available as part of a NERC funded project investigating the impact of environmental stressors on ageing in a wild mouse population. Our central question is ‘What environmental factors cause wild animals to deteriorate more rapidly, or more slowly, as they age?’ We have some answers to this question for humans (e.g. lifestyle and nutrition), but know very little about this in wild animals living in stressful natural environments. The position will involve small mammal trapping at our local field sites, laboratory analysis of samples for parasitological and immunological metrics, molecular biology techniques to extract DNA and run parasite PCR diagnostics, managing a team of undergraduate research assistants and day to day support with the field and laboratory research. The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a degree in Ecology/Parasitology or a closely related subject. Essential experience includes evidence of involvement in either field and/or laboratory research projects and good organisational skills. Experience with small mammal trapping and/or handling and with parasitological and/or immunological assays would be an advantage. In addition, the application musty have great time management and organisational skills, good communicant skills and be able to work as part of a collaborative team.  The successful candidate will join a large and active research group, supporting our studies on the causes and consequences of senescence (age-related deterioration) applying molecular techniques and conducting field work on a unique ‘wild but experimental’ system, the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus.

The opportunity:

This is an opportunity to gain research experience in the field of ageing, parasitology and ecology. The project offers experience with field work, animal handling, studies of methylation, managing assistants, and the use of molecular laboratory tools.

Your skills and attributes for success:

Understanding and enthusiasm for studies of ageing and/or ecology

  • Understanding and enthusiasm for field work involving small mammals
  • Enthusiasm to learn basic molecular, parasitological and immunological techniques in the lab
  • A willingness to help coordinate field work, collate a large dataset, and help manage short-term undergraduate field assistants
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