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Current jobs in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.
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Post-doctoral Research Associate - Alternate stable biospheres - modelling the microbial to metazoan transition

Thu, 12/01/2023 - 00:00

We are looking for a postdoc to work on exciting multidisciplinary project linking ecosystem modelling to one of the most fundamental transitions in Earth and evolutionary history. This project is funded by the new Cambridge Leverhulme Centre of Life in the Universe. The position is based at the Department of Zoology, within the Deep Time Ecology group, in collaboration with Prof Nick Butterfield, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will assemble a comprehensive database of ecological 'guilds' and environmental feedback effects through the pre-Ediacaran to Cambrian transition, based on the palaeontological, geochemical and stratigraphic record. They will then construct multi-dimensional model networks for each of the six eco-evolutionary stages we have delineated through the microbial-metazoan transition. These models will then be used to calculate global biomass, metabolic rates, and degrees of motility across the microbial-metazoan transition, comparing with the empirical record. These models will finally be used to investigate the macroevolutionary dynamics associated with the transition, with a focus on the differing modes of ecosystem 'stability.' Experience of ecological network models is required. No prior knowledge of palaeobiology is needed, and quantitative ecologists are encouraged to apply.

There will be opportunities for limited supervision/instruction to classes.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available to start between April and October 2023 for up to 24 months.

Interviews will be held the week starting 27th March 2023.

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.

Flexible working requests would be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from women and 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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34957 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 Assistant - Global Insect Threat-Response Synthesis project

Thu, 12/01/2023 - 00:00

We are looking for a part-time Research Assistant in the Agroecology Group directed by Dr Lynn Dicks, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.

The role holder will co-ordinate data collection for an online survey of entomologists, gathering expert judgement on the relative impacts of specific threats to particular insect taxa. They will gain experience running an expert elicitation process at global scale. The results will inform cutting-edge Bayesian models of the current and future status of insect populations worldwide, taking into account multiple sources of evidence and likely to be reported in high impact publications. A background in data processing or communication, with knowledge of global threats to biodiversity, will be helpful.

The successful candidate will join a team based in Zoology with four postdocs and eight PhD students.

The role holder will be required to maintain contact with an international group of entomologists who have agreed to participate in an online survey, based on the Delphi technique. The survey will gather data on expert assessments of how different insect Orders respond to global threats.

The successful candidate will invite experts to join the project, set up an initial online meeting for all participants, send out the survey via email for each round of data collection, answer questions during the survey period, compile responses as they are received, and conduct initial data checks and preliminary analyses. They will interact with other members of the wider Global Insect Threat-Response Synthesis (GLiTRS) project team (https://glitrs.ceh.ac.uk/) involving the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Natural History Museum, and University College London.

Candidates will need to be highly motivated and develop a good understanding of the survey process and the scientific aims of the project. This will be critical to communicating with survey participants in a timely and effective manner. Close teamwork and a collaborative spirit will be essential. Candidates will report to a team leader based in Zoology and will be mentored by an experienced post-doc.

Interview dates: 16th or 17th February 2023.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 August 2023.

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.

Flexible working requests would be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from 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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34956 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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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Modelling Landscape Regeneration (Fixed Term)

Wed, 21/12/2022 - 00:00

We seek a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join a multi-disciplinary team in the new Centre for Landscape Regeneration (CLR) to develop a land-use scenario modelling framework to explore how combinations of management interventions and regimes across landscapes affect biodiversity recovery and ecosystem service provision for a range of human needs.

You will join a collaborative team consisting of Professor Andrew Balmford of the Department of Zoology and Drs Richard Bradbury, Rob Field and Tom Finch and a parallel post-doctoral researcher at the RSPB. You will work with scientists, farmers and land managers, local and regional government and resource managers to identify how contrasting management regimes across a landscape could contribute to biodiversity restoration and climate change mitigation, while simultaneously meeting societal needs in the East Anglian fens. You will then transfer this framework to other target landscapes in the Lake District and the Cairngorms. The postholder will be based in the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge and will be expected to work from there at least three days per week.

You will be self-motivated and able to work efficiently to meet deadlines and in collaboration with external organisations and individuals. You will hold a PhD in a relevant subject and have effective written and verbal communication skills. You will have the ability to communicate with a range of audiences and be able to curate, analyse and interpret large and complex data sets to peer-reviewed standards of scrutiny and audit.

You should have demonstrable skills and experience in conservation/land-use ecology and at least one of the following areas:

  • Impacts of land use on biodiversity
  • Soil science and hydrology
  • Climate change mitigation within the land sector
  • Atmospheric greenhouse gas flux modelling
  • Land economy/agricultural economics
  • Spatial scenario modelling

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 30 January 2027 in the first instance, with a possibility of extension up to 30 March 2027 subject of project status and funding.

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.

Interviews will be held on 6 February 2023 and may be conducted remotely.

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

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34790 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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Post-doctoral Research Associate: Identifying options for restoring river systems in smallholder and industrial oil palm plantations (Fixed Term)

Fri, 25/11/2022 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to join the Insect Ecology Group, led by Edgar Turner, in the Department of Zoology and Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge.

The Insect Ecology Group specialises in understanding how alternative management options affect biodiversity and ecosystem processes in human-altered systems, with a focus on oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia. We are embedded in the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI; https://www.conservation.cam.ac.uk/) and co-located with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (https://www.cambridgeconservation.org/). This project will also work with other researchers within UCCRI, and researchers from the University of Nottingham, IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia, and Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology Research Institute (SMARTRI), a major research institute supporting a global oil palm company.

The successful applicant will work with project partners (including an IPB-based Post-doctoral Research Associate and a Research Assistant) to monitor and quantify the environmental impacts of alternative river margin management practices in smallholder and industrial oil palm estates in Sumatra, Indonesia, and to assess the potential environmental and yield impacts of altered river margin management at a regional scale. Work will be partly-based within the well-established Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) Research Programme, Riau, Indonesia. This programme, a collaboration between SMARTRI and other researchers on this project, includes a large-scale, long-term riparian restoration experiment - the Riparian Ecosystem Restoration in Tropical Agriculture Project. A key part of the project will also include communicating results to oil palm managers, smallholders, and oil palm sustainability certification schemes.

The successful applicant will have experience of ecological fieldwork, preferably in the tropics and including social survey work with rural stakeholders, and be willing to spend 1-3 months away at a time. They should have advanced analytical skills, and experience of using remote-sensing and mapping approaches.

The post is generously funded by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (https://www.packard.org/)

For more information on the research or the laboratory, please see https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/insect-ecology

Email Edgar Turner ect23@cam.ac.uk for informal enquiries or specific questions about the role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance, with a possibility of extension.

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.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently underepresented 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.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34365 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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Specialised Museum Cleaner (Fixed Term)

Tue, 22/11/2022 - 00:00

The University Museum of Zoology holds a collection of approximately two million specimens covering the entire animal kingdom, past and present, of which around 5,000 are on public display. It welcomes over 120,000 visitors a year and routinely hosts several school visits daily during term time.

We are looking for a Specialised Museum cleaner to join the Department of Zoology Facilities Management Team.

The role holder will be responsible for:

  • day- to- day cleaning throughout the Museum to ensure that all the customers (visitors, corporate, events and learning) have the best experience;

  • cleaning museum stores to keep them dust- and dirt-free as this would create an environment favourable to insect pests, known to cause a high risk to museum specimens.

Working hours are 36.5 hours per week Mon-Fri. As the Zoology Museum is open seven days a week, the role holder is expected to occasionally work weekends or evening shifts (overtime).

Due to the nature of the work you should have a good level of physical fitness.

We offer an encouraging and supportive environment, an attractive pension scheme and many employee benefits such as a shopping discounts scheme.

The University is an accredited Real Living Wage (RLW) employer, and will ensure that employees are paid at least the prevailing RLW rate. For further information, and the current rate, please visit the Living Wage webpage on https://www.hr.admin.cam.ac.uk/pay-benefits/pay/living-wage

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

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

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34299 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