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Advert for Research Scientist position

Advert for Research Scientist position

Research Scientist – (3 years Fixed Term)

Location:   Royal Zoological Society of Scotland – Edinburgh Zoo             

About UsThe charity that owns both RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS Highland Wildlife Park are looking for committed, compassionate and conservation-minded individuals to join our expert staff team. RZSS aims to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction, a mission that sees us work both here in Scotland and in over 20 countries around the world. From inspiring the next generation about wildlife in our parks to protecting chimpanzees in the Ugandan rainforest; looking after some of the world’s most endangered species to saving the Scottish wildcat, RZSS is making a huge difference and we need your help to continue to grow. 

The roleAn opportunity has arisen for a committed Research Scientist (Conservation Genetics) to join the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s WildGenes lab. Reporting to the Conservation Programme Manager (WildGenes), the Research Scientist will assist with the analysis of applied conservation genetic research data delivered by the RZSS WildGenes laboratory. 

Who we are looking forThe successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant genetics discipline such as Conservation Genetics or Population Genetics/Genomics and a desire to work as part of our team to support conservation projects around the globe. 

Interested?For full information on how to apply, please visit the RZSS vacancy page and follow the instructions: http://www.rzss.org.uk/job-vacancies/ 

Closing date:      Monday 18th January 2021.  

Invitation to interview will be by email/phone and interviews will take place during the 2nd week of February. 

For any questions and queries, please email Dr Alex Ball at aball@rzss.org.uk quoting “Research Scientist” as the subject.

PDRA position

Message from previous NBAF visitor Katherine Fish:

“We are currently looking for a PDRA  in “drinking water biofilm management and monitoring” (https://jobs.shef.ac.uk; reference UOS021787), to work on an industry partnered project.

Paid field assistant post for the breeding season

Message from Dr Julia Schroeder, Imperial

Duties include the collection of field data on a wild blue tit population and oaks in Silwood Park. You will work in a team of students and technical assistants, collecting data on blue tits breeding in nest boxes and oaks. Duties involve nest box monitoring, catching of adults and young birds, ringing, data collection, data entry and management. There is the option to also contribute to ongoing research projects. We can offer reasonably prized accommodation on-site. Starting date would be late March but no later than 1st April for approximately 3 months depending on season.

Required skills: passerine handling and ringing skills (license a big plus), team work, field work experience, independence and able to work in a team. Must be conscientious with data.

Must be allowed to work in UK.

The Silwood Park Campus is a vibrant graduate campus one hour by train from London City with more than 120 graduate students from countries all over the world. During summer, there will even be our annual festival, Silfest! https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/campuses/silwood-park/prospective-students/life-at-silwood/

Silwood’s academics are world-class scientists, and we offer a range of graduate courses to improve hard and soft skills.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/campuses/silwood-park/research/

To apply, please send your CV, a motivation letter detailing your relevant expertise, and contact information for two references as soon as possible, to:

Julia.schroeder@imperial.ac.uk

paid field assistant position for the breeding season, Imperial, Silwood Park

Duties include the collection of field data on a wild blue tit population in Silwood Park. You will work in a team of students and technical assistants, collecting data on blue tits breeding in nest boxes. Duties involve nest box monitoring, catching of adults and young birds, ringing, data entry and management. There is the option to also contribute to ongoing research projects. We can offer accommodation on-site. Starting date would be late March but no later than 1st April for approximately 3 months depending on season.

Required skills: passerine handling and ringing skills (license a big plus), team work, field work experience, independence and able to work in a team. Must be conscientious with data.

Must be allowed to work in UK.

The Silwood Park Campus is a vibrant graduate campus one hour by train from London City with more than 120 graduate students from countries all over the world. During summer, there will even be our annual festival, Silfest! https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/campuses/silwood-park/prospective-students/life-at-silwood/

Silwood’s academics are world-class scientists, and we offer a range of graduate courses to improve hard and soft skills.
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/visit/campuses/silwood-park/research/

To apply, please send your CV, a motivation letter detailing your relevant expertise, and contact information for two references as soon as possible, to: Julia.schroeder@imperial.ac.uk

Jobs, Edinburgh

two posts available at the University of Edinburgh:

Research Fellow in Conservation Genomics. This is an open-ended position.
https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=042866

Conservation Science Programme Coordinator, which includes a combination of conservation genetics research, post-graduate teaching and applied conservation science management. This is also an open-ended position.
https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=042863

Dr. Rob Ogden

PhD offer

Message from Victor:

offer to do a PhD on ‘Structural comparative studies of genomes from neglected livestock species and mammals of biomedical importance’ in the Royal Veterinary College under the supervision of Dr Denis Larkin and Dr Imelda McGonnell.

https://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/phd/studentships/structural-comparative-studies-of-genomes-from-neglected-livestock-species-and-mammals-of-biomedical-importance

4 year postdoc – fur seal genomics, including fieldwork in the Antarctic

Position is with Joe Hoffman (Bielefeld University, Germany).
Details here: fur seal advertisment
Note the deadline is early January.

Jon

PhD opportunity in Edinburgh

Phd with Craig Walling (Edinburgh) on the red deer population on Rum.

Details are here: Walling_PhDAdvert_ForEmail

2 PhD positions available

If you’re interested, please send which position you are interested in, your CV, a short letter of motivation, and e-mail addresses of two academic referees, to Julia.schroeder@imperial.ac.uk before 30 December 2017.

1)

Exciting opportunity to get top-notch quantitative analytical skills. In collaboration with Dr Danica Greetham from Reading University, and Terry Burke from UoS, we offer a PhD postion on linking infidelity with social networks in birds! Apply if you like stats and birds! Deadline 30 December 2017

https://goo.gl/kVkps5

Infidelity is common among many taxa with prevailing social monogamy, but we still do not know what shapes variation in, and drives the evolution of, extra-pair behaviour. Males are expected to reap fitness benefits from siring extra-pair offspring, because extra-pair fathers do not expend resources on costly parental care. This is, however, not the case for females who raise the resulting extra-pair young, posing the question of why females take part in extra-pair matings. The indirect benefits hypothesis explains female infidelity, where females benefit indirectly from better, or more compatible genes for their offspring. However, this hypothesis is not well supported empirically, evidenced by two contradictory meta-analyses on the topic, and ongoing discussion in the field. Specifically, only one long-term study that quantified life-time reproductive success supports the indirect fitness benefits hypothesis. Contradicting this result, extra-pair males have not been found to be superior, or more compatible, than a female’s within-pair male. Females were found to incur no indirect benefits, and even fitness costs by mating outside of their pair bond, suggesting that that this hypothesis does not satisfactorily explain why females cheat. Recently suggested novel, testable hypotheses provide a fresh perspective. These hypotheses explain female infidelity with intra- and intersexual antagonistic pleiotropy, and remain largely untested. This project aims to empirically test these hypotheses by using the powerful combination of long-term data from a wild population, state-of-the-art social network analysis and manipulative experiments on captive birds. This project will reap the benefits from long-term data in the wild, where precise fitness data and a genetic pedigree allow fitness costs and benefits to be measured, and quantitative genetic analyses. Given the long-standing conundrum of female extra-pair behaviour, this project has the potential forward this field significantly.

2)

Very cool project on trans-generational effects. We’ll use RNA sequencing experiments on sparrow sperm to detect epigenetic, trans-generational effects. This project on the forefront of epigenetics is super exciting because we have long-term data available, and the expertise from researchers at the Sanger Institute (Dr Katharina Gapp) and the Gurdon Institute University Cambridge (Prof Eric Miska) on board! If you like the lab, and birds, and field work, this is for you! Deadline 30 December 2017

https://goo.gl/iMDbtW

The current speed at which environmental conditions change is unprecedented, endangering vulnerable populations and species. A novel idea for how organisms can sustainably respond to rapid environmental changes are environmentally induced adaptations that are heritable. Such trans-generational, potentially epigenetic effects can, with high precision mediate evolutionary rescue of populations that experience rapidly changing environments. These advantages put TAGs at the forefront of mechanisms leading to adaptations to global change. This project will use long-term data from a wild population of passerines, and focused experiments on birds in captivity, to disentangle phenotypic plasticity induced during development from epigenetic TAGs, to better understand the epigenetic mechanism, and evolution of TAGs. We will use state-of-the art RNA-sequencing experiments (to be performed in the Sanger institute) to pinpoint TAGs in RNA methylation patterns in sparrow sperm, using focused experiments in captive and wild birds.

PhD position available at Imperial College London

Linking infidelity with behaviour in social networks

Project Description

Infidelity is common among many taxa with prevailing social monogamy, but we still do not know what shapes variation in, and drives the evolution of, extra-pair behaviour. Males are expected to reap fitness benefits from siring extra-pair offspring, because extra-pair fathers do not expend resources on costly parental care. This is, however, not the case for females who raise the resulting extra-pair young, posing the question of why females take part in extra-pair matings. The indirect benefits hypothesis explains female infidelity, where females benefit indirectly from better, or more compatible genes for their offspring. However, this hypothesis is not well supported empirically, evidenced by two contradictory meta-analyses on the topic, and ongoing discussion in the field. Specifically, only one long-term study that quantified life-time reproductive success supports the indirect fitness benefits hypothesis. Contradicting this result, extra-pair males have not been found to be superior, or more compatible, than a female’s within-pair male. Females were found to incur no indirect benefits, and even fitness costs by mating outside of their pair bond, suggesting that that this hypothesis does not satisfactorily explain why females cheat. Recently suggested novel, testable hypotheses provide a fresh perspective. These hypotheses explain female infidelity with intra- and intersexual antagonistic pleiotropy, and remain largely untested. This project aims to empirically test these hypotheses by using the powerful combination of long-term data from a wild population, state-of-the-art social network analysis and manipulative experiments on captive birds. This project will reap the benefits from long-term data in the wild, where precise fitness data and a genetic pedigree allow fitness costs and benefits to be measured, and quantitative genetic analyses. Given the long-standing conundrum of female extra-pair behaviour, this project has the potential forward this field significantly.

For more information, contact julia.schroeder[a]imperial.ac.uk