A short-term field assistant position is available to work collecting data on the phenology
of trees, caterpillars and blue and great tits, based at the Edward Grey Institute, Dept of
Zoology, University of Oxford. The position is funded as part of a grant from the Natural
Environment Research Council to Professor Ben Sheldon.
The post is available for approximately twelve weeks, from Monday 16th March to
Friday 5th June 2015. The main duties of the post-holders will be to carry out fieldwork
at Wytham Woods, near Oxford, and to assist in the collation and input of data. This is
primarily field work and the hours are variable, but will include some weeks of very
intensive fieldwork (the exact dates of the period of intensive work cannot be specified as
it depends on the timing of the spring each year). The majority of fieldwork will involve
lone work monitoring tree and insect phenology, but the post-holder may also be required
to assist with great tit and blue tit data collection.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate skill and enthusiasm for biological
research, as well as experience of fieldwork under arduous conditions, and of working
independently. Experience of carrying out vegetation surveys or invertebrate sampling is
highly desirable. Fieldwork skills involving birds are advantageous, although training
and support will be provided. Informal inquiries about the positions should be emailed to
Dr Ella Cole ([email protected]).
The post is based in a dynamic and research-active institute, of c. 50 people, fully
integrated within the Department of Zoology. Further details about the institute available
Salary: Grade 5.1 £24,057 per annum (pro rata). Start date around March 16th 2015.
To apply: please email a CV, together with a covering letter explaining your interest and
skills plus the email addresses of two referees to Ms Lynne Bradley, PA to Professor Ben
Sheldon ([email protected]).
Closing date: Sunday 15th February. All applications will be acknowledged. Short-listed
candidates will be interviewed in the last week of February 2015.
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