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Current jobs in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.
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Research Assistant - Insect Ecology Group (Fixed Term)

Mon, 13/09/2021 - 00:00

A short-term Research Assistant post is available in the Insect Ecology Group in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, directed by Edgar Turner.

Applicants will help to coordinate remote fieldwork that is currently taking place in Indonesia and Malaysia, investigating different management practices in smallholder oil palm plantations and their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem processes. This will involve working closely with our project partners in IPB University and Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology Research Institute in Indonesia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia and Wild Asia in Malaysia, to: advise field teams on data collection, collate and cross-check data as it is collected, liaise directly with smallholder farmers, contribute to data analysis and writing of any manuscripts, and help to plan and set-up an end of project workshop.

The successful candidate will interact closely with and be supported by the PI and other team members involved in the project, including four postgraduate students and one postdoctoral researcher. The candidate will also work closely with Dr Sarah Luke, University of Nottingham, and Dr Julia Drewer, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) Edinburgh.

Candidates should have a good background in ecology, a sound understanding of field data collection methods, and good data processing skills. Experience of tropical fieldwork and agricultural systems are desirable. There will be opportunities for training, including attending conferences, as part of the project. As the Insect Ecology Group is based in the Museum of Zoology, there will also be opportunities to participate in public engagement activities within the Museum.

Interview dates: Remote interview on 13, 14 or 15 October 2021.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months only.

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.

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Please quote reference PF28137 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.

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.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Dr Edgar Turner Email: ect23@cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva Email: an286@cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is: 4 October 2021

Interview dates: 13, 14 or 15 October 2021. Interviews maybe carried out remotely.

Please quote reference PF28137 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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Assistant Conservator (Fixed Term)

Fri, 10/09/2021 - 00:00

The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge is seeking a full-time fixed-term Assistant Conservator. The post-holder will provide practical and preventative specialist conservation advice and treatment across the collections.

The role offers a unique opportunity to work as part of a fast-paced team building practical experience working with natural history collections. Core activities will include providing conservation treatments to the permanent exhibits as well as upcoming exhibitions and stored collections. They will be responsible for the care of the collections through monitoring and improving upon environmental and storage conditions, including pest management. They will promote and develop best practice in conservation and collections care. The post-holder will also be expected to work on the Museum's spirit-preserved specimens.

It is essential the successful candidate is able to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues as well as have the ability to work effectively to deadlines.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment, a security check and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Natalie Jones (Conservator) Email: nj273@cam.ac.uk

Interviews: on 26th October

Please quote reference PF28106 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.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Evolution of social life histories (Fixed Term)

Mon, 06/09/2021 - 00:00

A post-doctoral research associate position is available in the Department of Zoology from 1 October 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.

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.

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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 up until 30 June 2023

Please quote reference PF28056 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.

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Post-doctoral Research Associate - Conservation Science Research Group (Fixed Term)

Thu, 02/09/2021 - 00:00

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to quantify and map coastal wetland ecosystem services at the global scale, with a focus on tidal marsh carbon.

The successful candidate will have excellent skills in statistical analyses and programming (e.g. R, Python), and experience in spatial analysis including the use of GIS or remote sensing.

The candidate's main role will be to develop modelling methods to quantify coastal wetland ecosystem services including tidal marsh carbon, as a means to support conservation interventions, including protection and restoration. This will include compiling a georeferenced tidal marsh carbon dataset and identifying or developing biophysical covariates to underpin a global tidal marsh carbon model.

In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will engage in local-scale applications of regional and global analyses, through close collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and its on-the-ground projects.

The successful candidate will join the Conservation Science Research Group at the University of Cambridge, to be supervised by Dr Thomas Worthington, alongside Professor Andrew Balmford and Professor William Sutherland; in collaboration with Emily Landis and Dr Mark Spalding of The Nature Conservancy; and Dr Nick Murray of James Cook University. The position will be based in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI)'s David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge, which provides exceptional opportunities for applied interdisciplinary collaboration.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 30 September 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.

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.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Dr Thomas Worthington Email: taw52@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PF28029 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.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate: Environmental impacts of people's diets (fixed term)

Mon, 19/07/2021 - 00:00

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an understanding of conservation science and/or agriculture, a strong interest in the environmental impacts of farming, and advanced skills in data manipulation and interdisciplinary analysis.

You will be an excellent communicator, with enthusiasm for working with colleagues in different disciplines and an interest in addressing real-world problems. The preferred start date is from 1 November 2021, but there is flexibility.

The successful candidate will join the UKRI-funded Mandala programme, led by Professor Martin White at the MRC Epidemiology unit in Cambridge. This programme aims to generate evidence on urban food system transformation, in order to inform promising interventions for improving city-wide health and sustainability outcomes.

This job is to develop datasets and techniques for estimating the environmental impacts of people's diets and of large-scale interventions aimed at lessening them. The outcomes will be critical in designing and evaluating pilot interventions.

You should hold a PhD in conservation science, agriculture or another relevant subject, and demonstrable skills in data manipulation, analysis and interpretation, as well as scientific communication. Experience with Life Cycle Analyses, food production data and/or species distribution information is highly desirable, as is knowledge of the empirical literature on the environmental impacts of farming. You will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team, and be able to organise your time effectively.

You will work in the Department of Zoology's Conservation Science Group and work there with Professor Andrew Balmford, and Dr Lynn Dicks, who runs the Agroecology Group. You will be based in the Cambridge Conservation Initiative's campus in the David Attenborough Building – a global hub which brings together over 500 conservation researchers, practitioners and policy makers from across the University and 9 different conservation organisations.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 October 2024.

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.

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Please quote reference PF27434 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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