Research Technician - Insect Ecology and Behaviour Ref 9443

School/department: School of Life Sciences  
Hours: part time hours considered up to a maximum of 27.4 hours per week. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 34 months
Reference: 9443
Salary: starting at £27,131 to £31,411 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 02 September 2022
Closing date: 29 September 2022 .Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date:1 March 2023

Job description

We wish to appoint a research technician 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 postdoctoral research fellow and a PhD student.

Candidates would ideally have a BSc in animal behaviour, ecology or an allied biological science. We expect a highly motivated, talented, well-organised and meticulous candidate with experience in behavioural observations and excellent team-working ability. The candidate will have a background in one or more of behavioural ecology, insect physiology, evolution and/or ecology. Holding a Masters degree, having previous experience in collecting data in the field and/or of insect behaviour, in conducting physiological assays, in insect husbandry, and/or in genotyping 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 (incl. motivation and how criteria are met) and the names of three academic referees.

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