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Research Associate - Population Ecology

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Job title - Research Associate in Population Ecology
Job number - ACAD104684
Division/School - School of Biological Sciences
Contract type - Open Ended
Working pattern - Full time
Salary - £33,797 - £38,017 per annum
Closing date for applications - 23rd September 2020

A Research Associate position is available to develop early warning signals of population and community collapse in experimental communities, under the guidance of Dr Christopher Clements in the School of Biological Sciences (University of Bristol) and in collaboration with Dr Dylan Childs (University Sheffield).

The position has funding for three years and is available to start immediately.

The role of the RA will be to carry out experiments to test and develop methods to predict if and when populations and communities will collapse.

The RA will use spatially explicit 3D printed microcosms to monitor how populations behave as they decline towards extinction, and whether observable changes occur in the behaviour, movement, traits, and population abundances which act as reliable indicators of collapse.

This project has a strong conservation focus, and so the RA will consider whether these signals are robust to changes in community and landscape complexity, and how these signals might be applied to real-world populations.

The ultimate goal of this project is to develop robust methods for predicting extinction risk which can help conserve at risk species.

The RA will be supported in this by a technician, as well as Dr Clements and Dr Dylan Childs, and will be joined by a second statistics focussed RA in the second half of the grant.

This position will also run alongside two other RAs working on resilience in Dr Clements’ lab, and so offers numerous opportunities for collaborations.

Dr Clements’ lab group is also part of a large NERC consortium (led by Prof. Andrew Beckerman, University of Sheffield) grant working of the broad theme of resilience, and so the RA will also have regular opportunities to network with researchers working on related topics outside of the University of Bristol.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant biological subject, a strong interest in population and community ecology, experience conducting experiments and analysing the data collected from them.

They will be highly motivated, collaborative, and an excellent communicator, and have a demonstrable desire to learn new skills.

Training will be provided in 3D design and printing, designing and carrying out protist-based experiments, and measures of resilience in biological systems.

In addition, there is some flexibility to adjust the focus and direction of the work depending on the interests and expertise of the successful candidate.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Chris Clements, email:

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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Status: Research Scientist
Location: Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM
Advert Published: 25 Aug 2020
Expiry date: 23 Sep 2020
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