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Research Scientist position at Edinburgh Zoo


The role

An opportunity has arisen for a committed researcher to join the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland WildGenes lab. Reporting to the Conservation Programme Manager – WildGenes in our Conservation team, the successful candidate will initiate, implement and disseminate conservation genetics projects in the WildGenes laboratory. Duties include assisting with the project management and analysis of genetic data for a diverse portfolio of conservation genetic projects.

This is a full-time permanent position where the working hours are 37.5 hours per week.

Closing date: Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Can anyone help find accommodation for a visitor starting in Jan 2019 please

Dear all,

My name is Sara Peixoto, I am a postgraduate student from Portugal and I will do an internship at University of Sheffield (Molecular Ecology Lab) next year (2019), from January to July. I’m looking for a cheap place to stay near the university for that period – maximum £250 including bills – so if you have a room available or know someone who has, please contact me: Ideally I am looking for a room from January 12 until the end of June please.

Thank you.

Best regards,


seminar of interest?

Seminars are held on Mondays at 12.00 noon (unless stated) in the Conference Room (room A225), A Floor, Alfred Denny building.

Monday 19th November 2018

Dr Gonzalo de Polavieja, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon

“How useful is deep learning in the study of animal behavior?”

Host: Prof Mikko Juusola

Please forward to anyone who may be interested

We are looking for a Data Analyst to join our @NERCBAF team and support a wide range of exciting studies here in @SheffieldAPS. For more details see Deadline to apply is 1st Oct.

Accommodation required January – July 2019

Dear all,

My name is Sara Peixoto and I will do an internship at University of Sheffield next year (2019), from January to July. I’m looking for a cheap place to stay near the university for that period, so if you have a room available or know someone who has, please contact me:

Thank you.

Best regards,


First footage of a wild otter in the Peak District !!

Sheffield Nature Fest – Western Park and Museum TOMORROW (Sat 29th July 10-4pm)

Join us as we celebrate all things nature, including nature stalls, birdwatching, bug hunting and arts and crafts.

Our groups work on Sheffield’s otters and their distribution and diet with be on display.

Experts will be on hand to show you how to help us record and identify plants and animals and enjoy wildlife in your own backyard.

11am-4pm: Craft activities with the Museums Sheffield learning team

11am-12pm: Minibeast Hunt – Paul Richards from Nature Counts shows you how you can become a citizen scientist! Paul will lead a guided walk round the Ponderosa to record invertebrates and help you to identify the mini-beasts you find.

1-2pm: Curator Talk on Garden Moths – Join Curatorial Assistant of Natural Sciences Gina Allnatt to hear about what kind of moths you might find in your garden, how moths are more diverse, and often more colourful than butterflies, and how to record and observe them

2-3pm: Minibeast Hunt – As at 11am.

For more details see –

Sheffield Bioblitz wildlife event, invite to showcase our research – 10th August

Is anyone interested in being involved in the first Sheffield Bioblitz ?

We have been invited and offered a gazebo and stall to share our knowledge of UK wildlife and show what we do in the lab to support wildlife studies and conservation.

Its for adults and experts as well as kids.
If you have any ideas or want to be involved – please contact Debs by Wednesday 19th.

The event will be at Sheffield’s Wardsend Cemetery on Thursday 10th August, 12am-3pm. The Don Discovery Bioblitz will celebrate the recovery of Sheffield’s rivers and the wildlife found in and around them. The day will involve free nature activities to engage the general public, such as a bird walk, invertebrate river dipping and more. So far we have Museums Sheffield involved (running a bat walk), the friends of the Blue Loop and the friends of Wardsend.

Peregrine viewing and talks – tomorrow evening (Friday 2nd June)

The peregrines are due to fledge tomorrow and to mark this, there will a free public talk on the Peregrine project will take place from 7-8pm in St George’s Church.

There will be speakers from the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield Bird Study Group and Sorby Breck Ringing Group.

For more info see

Before the talk there will be a Peregrine watch from 6-7pm in the grounds of St George’s, with binoculars and telescopes available and the chance to ask questions.

Peregrine webcam:

Bank Holidays

Please note, the University will provide limited service provision on the following Bank Holiday dates:

Friday 14 April – Good Friday
Monday 17 April – Easter Monday
Monday 1 May – early May bank holiday
Monday 29 May – Spring bank holiday

The majority of buildings will be closed and locked down during these periods and will re-open the following normal working day at 8am.

Firth Court building and North Campus will be accessible and staffed throughout. The Information Commons and Diamond buildings will be open.