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Research Associate - The Behavioural Ecology Group (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 28, 2015.

This position, based in central Cambridge at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, is available for up to 28 months with a start date of 1 July 2015 to work with Prof Rebecca Kilner and her team. The project is funded by a European Research Council grant and will investigate whether parental care can drive evolutionary change.


Duties will include: Running a large-scale selection experiment Running or supervising complementary experiments in the lab or field Assisting in monitoring of beetle numbers at local field sites Collection and analysis of microsatellite data (or similar) Data collection, analysis and interpretation Preparation of manuscripts for publication


Essential: A PhD in evolutionary ecology or behavioural ecology or entomology or closely related subjects Background knowledge (e.g. from degree course) of research methods and theory in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology Ability to organise time, plan ahead and to work effectively independently. Good data handling and data analysis skills. Good communication skills (written and oral). Ability to work in a team and strong inter-personal skills.

Desirable: Some post-doctoral experience Any relevant laboratory experience, particularly in carrying out selection experiments or experimental evolution Experience in collecting and analysing microsatellite data (or similar) Experience of fieldwork with insects. Background knowledge (e.g. from degree course) of entomology or microbiology Interest in natural history. Some experience of managing others.

Deadline: 5pm Thursday 5 March 2015

Interview date: during week beginning 23 March 2015

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 28 months.

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Please quote reference PF05243 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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