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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Behavioural Ecology

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Apr 01, 2014.

A post-doctoral research associate position in Department of Zoology, located in Central Cambridge on Downing Street, is available from July 2014 for up to thirty-six months to work with Professor Tim Clutton-Brock on the ecology of development and its relation to reproductive strategies and life history variation in cooperative mammals. The research will use a combination of long-term records of individual life histories, field experiments and modelling to investigate adaptive aspects of development, reproductive suppression and reproductive strategies in meerkats. The duties and responsibilities of the research associate will include organising and supervising fieldwork at our South African field site in order to monitor the development and behaviour of samples of individually recognisable animals and designing, organising and carrying out field experiments to investigate the effects of social and ecological variables on development and behaviour as well as analysing and writing up the results. They will be expected to spend 4 - 6 months in the field each year, with the remainder of the year being spent in Cambridge.

The successful candidates should be capable of working independently within the framework of an interactive research group. Essential requirements for the job are a PhD in a relevant area of behavioural biology or ecology completed or completion imminent, experience of field work, some experience on endocrinological research and an extensive knowledge of current research on ecology and evolutionary biology. Enthusiasm, determination and the capacity to work independently are also essential. Desirable attributes include experience of working with large, individual based data sets and experience of working on the social behaviour or reproductive strategies of mammals.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 36 months.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants should upload the following: A full CV. A cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the job, and why you would like the post (2 sides A4 maximum). A completed CHRIS 6, available at: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/hr/forms/chris6/

Please quote reference PF03097 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Prince Philip Professorship of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Mar 19, 2014.

The Board of Electors to the Prince Philip Professorship of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 October 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Candidates will have an outstanding research record of international stature in the broad field of animal ecology and evolution, and the vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and developing a leading research presence. They will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. The Professor will be based in Cambridge. A competitive salary will be offered.

Further information is available at: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/academic/secretary/professorships/ or contact the Academic Secretary, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT, (email: ibise@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made online no later than Wednesday 30 April 2014. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women as it has an historic imbalance in the number of women holding academic staff positions.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Michael Akam, Head of the Department of Zoology, Cambridge, telephone +44 (0)1223) 336601 or email HOD@zoo.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PF03005 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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Research Associate: Radiating Butterflies Group (Fixed Term)

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Mar 12, 2014.

We have a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher to work in the Radiating Butterflies Research Group in Department of Zoology. We seek an evolutionary ecologist experienced in research with plant-insect and animal-plant interactions.

This position is for up to 12 month employed by the University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology, located in Cambridge city centre, on Downing Street, but six months of this period will be spent in South Africa. In Cambridge the post will be based with Professor Paul Brakefield. In South Africa the post-holder will be working with Professor Brad Ripley at Rhodes University. Dr Colin Osborne at Sheffield University is also a member of the research team. The position will be full time and commence as soon as possible. All costs of the field work will be covered. The post-holder will be given support to get the appropriate entry clearance/visa for South Africa.

Required skills and desirable experience for the position

Essential:

PhD in an appropriate subject, completed or completion imminent;

Experience in experimental design, data collection and analysis;

Experience in working with insect-plant / animal-plant interactions;

Experience in putting their data in to an evolutionary context;

Ability to organize time and work effectively, independently and self-responsibly in a research team setting;

Good interpersonal skills.

Duties include:

Rearing of butterfly stocks for experimental work

Cultivation and harvesting of South African grasses

Designing and conducting experiments to examine multiple traits for larval responses

Data analysis

Manuscript preparation

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 12 months.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PF02937 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.