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Pollinator Ecologist Research Associate Job Position Available @ CEH UK

Pollinator Ecologist Research Associate Job Position Available @ CEH UK

Pollinator Ecologist Research Associate Job Position Available @ CEH UK: The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Pollinator Ecologist Research Associate Job Position Available @ CEH UK

Pollinator Ecologist Research Associate Job Position Available @ CEH UK

Research Associate – Pollinator Ecologist

Fixed Term Appointment – 3 Years

Based in Wallingford

Band 7 – £22,222 per annum

Pollinator Ecologist Research Associate Job Position Available @ CEH UK

We offer a prestigious Research Associate training programme to develop skilled UK/EU scientists for the future of European environmental research. The 3-year training programme offers you the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within our active research projects whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills valuable for your future career. Each Research Associate will deliver specific, measurable objectives intended to develop their skills as a researcher and to demonstrate their suitability for a research career.

Description of work area

Population Ecology

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed pollinator ecologist with high level taxonomic skills with an interest in field ecology who is keen to develop these capabilities further by joining an active research team based at our Wallingford site. This is a dedicated training post and the successful candidate must be flexible and willing to learn new skills in a variety of disciplines.

The primary roles of this post will be to:

Undertake field sampling and laboratory identification to a high degree of taxonomic precision in support of a new National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. This will include the preparation of samples for long-term curation, and for analysis using advanced molecular bar-coding techniques;
Carry out detailed field observations of native pollinators in experimental commercial apple orchard systems. This will require the ability to identify a large number of native pollinators (e.g. 250 species of aculeate pollinators alone) both ‘on the wing’ and using taxonomic keys;
Willingness to learn new skills in ecological survey and identification of other taxa, particularly the identification of vascular plants and other invertebrates, such as butterflies, moths and ground beetles.

Main Duties

The post will be based within the Population Ecology research group at CEH Wallingford. The focus of the role is on supporting two major projects concerned with understanding the causes of declines in insect pollinators and developing management approaches to help conserve them. In December 2016 Defra announced that it was funding a 2.3- year project to establish a new national monitoring scheme for insect pollinators with support of the volunteer and professional recording communities. This post will support this strategically important project by providing high level identification skills, together with sample curation and preparation for advanced new identification techniques such as bar-coding. This post will also support a project testing new management approaches to increase pollination of commercial apple crops by native pollinators, including sowing strips of wildflowers in orchards and providing nesting habitat. The post will join a team of field surveyors undertaking high level identification and behavioral observations of a wide range of native pollinators in experimental orchard systems.

Skills and qualifications required on appointment

  • The successful candidate must have a degree in environmental science, and the ability to identify a high proportion of native pollinators to genus and species level either in the field or under the microscope using recently published identification keys.
  • A higher degree equivalent (e.g. MSc) in an appropriate subject or equivalent relevant experience is also desirable.
  • A good basic understanding of pollinator ecology and behavior is also essential.
  • Some wider experience of ecological survey and identification of other taxa (such as plants and beetles) are also essential as the development of these is a requirement of the training.
  • Flexibility and the ability to rapidly learn new skills in field ecology is absolutely essential. Good time management and team working skills are also important.
  • The successful candidate will also be expected to independently plan and manage small surveys, and liaise with land owners regarding access permissions.

Pollinator Ecologist Research Associate Job Position Available @ CEH UK

Training and skills to be gained in summary

This is a dedicated training post under the highly successful NERC-CEH Research Associate programme. Appropriate training will be provided in a number of areas to assist the appointed researcher to develop the necessary research skills to support future career progression. Specifically the training will broaden identification and field survey skills to include many other taxa, together with improving competence in the management and analysis of biological data, and scientific report writing.

These include training in:

Advanced field identification skills and ecological survey techniques for non-pollinator groups by attending bespoke training courses and expert mentoring – plants, butterflies and moths, other insect groups;
Sample curation and management for long-term storage;
Sample preparation for advanced identification techniques, including DNA bar-coding;
Input, basic analysis and presentation of ecological data for scientific reports and papers

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

How to apply

Apply for this position via our external jobsite www.topcareer.jobs. Please look for reference IRC240831

Closing Date: 16th May 2017

Interview Date: 12th June 2017

Closing Date: 16th May 2017
Salary: £22,224

Pollinator Ecologist Research Associate Job Position Available @ CEH UK

View Original Notification: http://www.ceh.ac.uk/careers/research-associate-pollinator-ecologist

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