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Research Technician

University of Exeter - Technical Services

Location: Penryn
Salary: From £32,332 (The starting salary will be from £32,332 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st February 2024
Closes: 21st March 2024
Job Ref: P92102

The post
The Faculty wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of Professor Alastair Wilson. This NERC funded post is available from May 1st 2024 to April 30th 2027. The successful applicant will support research into the behaviour and evolutionary genetics of fish (guppies).

The post will include development and delivery of experiments to collect behavioural data from fish (and potentially some aquatic invertebrates) in the laboratory. Responsibilities will also include managing fish breeding experiments, assisting with animal care and husbandry, and helping to prepare samples for genetic analyses. The post will work closely with postdoctoral and student researchers in the lab, as well as with the dedicated animal care technicians.

About you
The successful applicant 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.

Applicants will be educated to first degree level or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study or equivalent experience and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will have experience working with animals in a scientific context and will be able to design and implement studies of animal behaviour. Specific experience with fish would be beneficial, as would prior experience of working under Home Office license under ASPA. Prior experience of genetic techniques (e.g. DNA extraction) would be advantageous but is not essential. Meticulous record keeping and excellent communication skills (written and verbal) are required.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research.
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly.
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development.
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career.
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy.
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall.
  • 41 days leave per year.

The University of Exeter
We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world’s most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99 percent of our research is of international quality and 47 percent is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

For further information please contact Alastair Wilson, e-mail a.wilson@exeter.ac.uk.

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