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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Evolution of social life histories

A post-doctoral research associate position is available in the Department of Zoology from 1 June 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, to work with Professor Rufus Johnstone on mathematical and computational modelling of the evolution of sex differences in mammalian social life histories.

The PDRA will work on the development of models that explore kinship dynamics in social groups, and their implications for the evolution of sex differences in behaviour and life history traits. We are interested in how patterns of relatedness change across the lifespan in each sex under different patterns of dispersal and mating, the consequences of these kinship dynamics for patterns of helping and harming in social groups, and their impact on early/late-life trade-offs between fecundity and survival. There is, however, scope for the focus of the modelling to reflect the interests of the candidate.

This work will be carried out as part of a NERC-funded project, in collaboration with Prof Darren Croft, Prof Michael Cant, Dr Thomas Currie and Dr Samuel Ellis at the University of Exeter, and Dr Daniel Franks at the University of York. The wider project will involve collection of data on age-specific patterns of cooperative and competitive behaviour in resident killer whales, which will be used to inform development of the models and to test their predictions, as well as comparative analysis of sex differences in life history traits across social mammals.

Duties will include developing models of kinship dynamics, social behaviour and life history evolution, using a combination of game theoretical and adaptive dynamic techniques, possibly supplemented by individual-based simulations, and analysing and writing up the results.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in an appropriate subject (e.g. mathematical biology), involving a substantial element of mathematical or computational modelling and demonstrated record in written (i.e. scientific journals) and oral (i.e. professional conferences) communication relevant to evolutionary and mathematical biology.

Please see Further Particulars for other requirements.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof Johnstone, raj1003@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2022 with a possibility of extension up until 28 Feb 2023 subject to project status and funding.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department University.

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Please quote reference PF26283 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Post-doctoral Research Associate: Agroecology

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral scientist to join the Agroecology group in the Department of Zoology. You will be experienced in ecology or natural resources management in agricultural landscapes, and keen to pursue a research career in ecological aspects of sustainable food production. Funding is available for up to four years. The preferred start date is from 1 June, but there is flexibility. Working hours are full time.

The job is to manage a participatory, interdisciplinary landscape-scale experiment in UK arable farms, testing the wider ecosystem and biodiversity benefits of improving soil health. The experiment will be codesigned and delivered by a partnership of researchers, farmers, and NGOs, including the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Natural England, the Soil Association and two Farmer Cluster Groups. The post is part of the 'Healthy soil, Healthy food, Healthy people' (H3) project (https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=BB%2FV004719%2F1), led by the University of Sheffield, funded under the UKRI Transforming UK Food Systems Strategic Priorities Fund (https://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/research/foodsystems-spf/).

Candidates should hold a PhD in ecology, conservation or biodiversity science, natural resource management, environmental science or agronomy; experience of social aspects of these research fields is highly desirable. Demonstrable skills in data analysis and interpretation, and proficiency in spatial data analysis using GIS, are essential. The successful candidate will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team. Experience of working with farmers is preferred.

You will join a team of 11 researchers, led by Dr Lynn Dicks. We are interested in understanding ecological processes and functions in agricultural ecosystems, and in conserving wild species that live within and around working landscapes. We work in a range of agricultural systems around the world, with a focus on addressing applied questions in partnership with industry and civil society.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 4 years.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference PF26193 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

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Research Associate: insect decline

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an understanding of entomology, a strong interest in insect decline and advanced skills in data analysis and visualisation.

You will be an excellent communicator, with a gift for explaining complex scientific ideas concisely and a love of working with diverse groups of people. Ideally, you will have a good understanding of the role of expert elicitation in knowledge synthesis processes. The preferred start date is from 1 June 2021, but there is flexibility.

The successful candidate will join the GLobal Insect Threat-Response Synthesis (GLiTRS) project, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and led by Dr Nick Isaac at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. This project aims to bring together diverse sources of data, including expert knowledge, to assess the impact of individual threats - including agricultural intensification, climate change, pollution and invasive non-native species - on all insect groups across the world. The job is to design and conduct the rigorous, structured expert elicitation process to quantify expert knowledge on the impacts of threats on specific insect taxa. The outcomes will form a key component of the global threat-response model.

You should hold a PhD in entomology, ecology, conservation or biodiversity science, have knowledge of insect biology and preferably in-depth understanding of the science around insect decline. Demonstrable skills in data analysis and interpretation are essential, while expertise in structured expert elicitation techniques is highly desirable. You will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team.

You will join the Agroecology group in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge (https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/conservation-science/agroecology-group), a team of 11 researchers, led by Dr Lynn Dicks. We are interested in understanding ecological processes and functions in agricultural ecosystems, and in conserving wild species that live within and around working landscapes. We work in a range of agricultural systems around the world, with a focus on addressing applied questions in partnership with industry and civil society.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2022 in the first instance, with a possibility of extension up to 3 years, subject to availability of funds.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference PF26179 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Categories: Current Vacancies