Research Fellow in Insect Ecology and Behaviour Ref 9437

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for
flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 3 years
Reference: 9437
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 01 September 2022
Closing date: 29 September 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 01 March 2023

Job description

We wish to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work on the NERC-funded project “Living at the edge: causes and consequences of individual variation in a changing world".

The project studies the effects of landscape fragmentation on behaviour, physiology, morphology, life history and related traits (and their covariation) in a forest-living ground beetle species using individuals living at an edge of a habitat and those at a core. The project combines both experimental and correlative approaches and applies a wide range of methods in the field and laboratory. These range from enclosure experiments, translocations, radio-telemetry, and behavioural and physiological assays.

You will be supervised by Dr Wiebke Schuett (Project Lead) and Prof Jeremy Niven (both School of Life Sciences) and will work closely with other members of the research team, including a technician and a PhD student.

Candidates must have a PhD in animal behaviour, ecology or an allied biological science. We expect a highly motivated, talented, well-organised and meticulous candidate with strong skills in quantitative analysis, experience in behavioural observations and/or experimental design and excellent team-working ability. The candidate will have a background and demonstrable interest in one or more of behavioural ecology, insect physiology, evolution and/or ecology. Previous experience in collecting data in the field, physiological and/or parentage analyses, advanced statistical modelling using R, working with insects and/or on animal personality, and handling large data sets is advantageous. Holding a driving license is desirable.

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Dr Wiebke Schuett (; she/her) before applying.

Applications should be accompanied by a full CV, a cover letter including a statement of research interests and aspirations (not more than 4 pages), and the names of three academic referees.

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