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Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Ornithological Migration

Reference:  FS0433
Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Science and Engineering
School/Department:  Department of Biological and Marine Sciences
Subject Group/Team:  Biological Science
Salary:  £27,830 to £33,199 per annum
Fixed term until 2021
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Sunday 11 August 2019

Applicants are required to submit a current CV and covering letter outlining how their qualifications and experience meet the Person Specification in the Job Description below.

The Humber Estuary is rich in bird life and is a site of international importance for migratory wildfowl and waders. However, it is also a highly dynamic and industrialised landscape, and thus presents a mix of risks, challenges and benefits to the birds that use it. Conversely, the presence of resident and migratory birds along the estuary raises issues for industrial development and, potentially, human and livestock health. We are building a vibrant research community with an explicit focus on bird ecology and behaviour in order to answer pure and applied questions regarding the use of the landscape by birds and interactions with human interests. We require a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) to lead our programme of engagement with regional, national and international ornithological stakeholders. 

The PDRA will be responsible for delivering a project to investigate how bird migration is evaluated in the UK. In particular, focussing on the following aspects:

  • In collaboration with regional, national and international partners to develop and use an automated-telemetry network (Motus) in East Yorkshire and throughout the UK.
  • To quantify bird migration in and out of the UK using weather radar and acoustic monitoring.

The work programme will be based in the Department of Biological and Marine Sciences, including fieldwork along the Humber, principally on the Spurn peninsula, and with the potential for work throughout the country and the rest of Europe. The PDRA will be line-managed by the Head of Department.

The Department of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Hull, has a strong tradition of high quality research and teaching. Our Zoology Programme was ranked 5th for overall student satisfaction in the 2018 NSS, and our research impact was ranked 3rd in England in our REF2014 unit of assessment. Our team teach and research in a wide range of specialist areas, including wildlife conservation and management, insect ecology, behavioural ecology, evolutionary and environmental genomics and marine ecology and conservation.  Biologists at Hull have access to a wide range of laboratory and analytical equipment and field sites, including eDNA and genomics facilities, Middledyke conservation area, the University botanic gardens and glasshouses, the Spurn peninsula, Humberhead Peatlands NNR, temperate and tropical aquaria, with excellent technical support, and we have close relations with the nearby ‘The Deep’ aquarium.  Further details are at: 

To discuss this post informally, please contact Dr Alastair Ward

The closing date for this job vacancy has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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