Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Vacancy Ref: : 041392 Closing Date : 25-Oct-2017
Contact Person : Dr Ally Phillimore Contact Number :
Contact Email : [email protected]

A three-year postdoctoral research position is available in a NERC funded project studying the relationship between temperature and optimal breeding phenology of blue tits over space and time. The research will involve field data collection and manipulative experiments replicated across 44 sites along a 200km transect in the Scottish Highlands, combined with analysis of metabarcoding derived diet data, and application of novel statistical models. The relationship between temperature and optimum phenology is key to predicting population responses to climate change and the postdoc will establish (i) whether this relationship varies among populations; (ii) its mechanistic underpinnings and (iii) whether space can substitute for time in estimating the relationship. Essential experience includes the statistical analysis of complex data sets and the use of hierarchical (mixed) models. Some experience with large-scale fieldwork would be useful and the applicant must have good communication skills and be able to manage a team of field assistants.

The project is funded by a Natural Environment Research Council (UK) grant to Dr Ally Phillimore and Dr Jarrod Hadfield (University of Edinburgh), and Dr James Pearce-Higgins and Dr Dave Leech (British Trust for Ornithology). The postdoc would join a large and active research group in Edinburgh working on the evolutionary ecology of wild populations.

This post is full time and fixed term for 3 years. The post is available from 1st Jan 2018.

Informal enquiries to:
Ally Phillimore, Institute of Evolutionary Biology
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JT, UK
Tel. (44) 131 650 5413
[email protected]
http://phillimore.bio.ed.ac.uk/

Salary: £32,548 – £38,833 per annum

Closing Date: Wednesday 25th October 2017 at 5pm (GMT)

1. Job Details

Job title: Postdoctoral Research Associate

School/Support Department: School of Biological Sciences

Unit (if applicable): Institute of Evolutionary Biology

Line manager: Dr Ally Phillimore

2. Job Purpose

Field data collection and experiments on wild populations of blue tits along a 200km transect in order to understand the relationship between temperature, timing and fitness.

3. Main Responsibilities (Approx. of time)

Analyse data and write papers to address the grant’s objectives (60%)

Coordinate and conduct fieldwork to fulfil the data collection requirement of the grant (30%)

Conduct labwork and prepare samples in order that caterpillars can be barcoded (5%)

Present work at meetings and conferences to disseminate results (5%)

4. Planning and Organising

• The field season is between late March and late June each year. During this period it is essential that the PDRA is available and shares the planning and organisation with Dr Phillimore.
• Outside of field season the field season the PDRA will be responsible for managing their own time effectively.

5. Problem Solving

• During fieldwork protocols must often be adapted at short notice and efficiently
• Some of the statistical methods that will be employed are cutting edge and will require problem solving with assistance from Drs Phillimore and Hadfield.

6. Decision Making

Many field-related decisions will have to be taken daily during the field season, often under considerable time pressure.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

Interacting with and managing 3-4 field workers during the field season.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Qualifications/Training

Essential: A PhD (or one to be obtained soon) in ecology and/or evolution

Desirable: Publication record in peer reviewed journals

Experience

Essential: Fieldwork experience

Desirable: Bird handling and ringing or invertebrate sampling

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

Essential: Familiarity with mixed models and R

Desirable: Some experience using spatial statistics

Desirable: Some knowledge of quantitative genetics would be an advantage

Desirable: Driving license

Personal Attributes

Essential: ability to work well as part of a team or alone

Essential: willingness to work long hours during peak of field season

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

We anticipate interviews will be held sometime in November. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 25th October 2017.

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