Research Assistant in Ecology

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

One Research Assistant Position is available in the Marine Behavioural Ecology Group, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.

The Marine Behavioural Ecology Group's research investigates the causes and consequences of animal behaviour, with a strong focus on marine organisms. The questions we ask include; how do animals gather information from their social and physical environment, and how do they use this information to inform their behavioural decisions? What benefits do animals gain from behaving the way they do, and why do they not adopt other behavioural strategies? How do animals adapt their behaviour to different ecological or social environments, and what benefits, costs and constraints do they face when doing so? We primarily use fishes as model systems to answer these questions. Our research framework uses theory-driven questions, manipulative experimental methods, and highly quantitative data acquisition techniques to analyse and interpret behaviour. We use this framework in controlled laboratory experiments as well as in the field to understand the outstanding diversity of behavioural adaptations in marine organisms.

The applicant will join the Marine Behavioural Ecology Group and be responsible for ensuring the day-to-day running of the group's marine facilities in the Department of Zoology. This will involve caring for the animals, maintaining aquaria equipment and facilities, ordering stock and supplies, installing experimental set-ups, running experiments, and assisting in fieldwork. The role will be based on site in the Department of Zoology.

Please upload a copy of your CV (2 sides of A4 maximum) and a covering letter (1 side of A4 maximum).

Interview dates: Interview between 4th - 8th September 2023 (may be conducted remotely).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2023 with a possibility of extension up until 30 November 2024 subject to project status and funding.

Preferred start date 1st October 2023

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security 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.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

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

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva.

Email: Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF37881 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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