Staff Vacancies


Research Assistant in Ecological Databases

Salary: Grade 6: 27,629 - 32,958 p.a.

A Research assistant position based at the Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford is available to work on collating a diverse collection of biological and environmental datasets. The position is funded by the University of Oxford John Fell Fund.

The post is a fixed-term contract for 2 years. The role will involve (a) communicating with Wytham researchers to obtain and collate Wytham Woods datasets and metadata (entering data where necessary), (b) producing a GIS assembly of all the various spatial data available for Wytham, (c), creating a website with descriptions of all the datasets where access permission can be requested. The datasets to be compiled include animal and plant studies, maps and remote sensing data, and historical and environmental data. This post may also involve some fieldwork in Wytham Woods (e.g. collecting GPS data for sampling locations).

The successful candidate must have a degree in a relevant discipline, would be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for biological research and data management, as well as have experience with GIS and statistical software (e.g. ArcGIS, R), experience managing large quantities of data stored in databases and Excel files and excellent communication and organisational skills. Ecological or environmental fieldwork experience is advantageous. Informal inquiries about the positions should be emailed to Dr Ella Cole (

The post is based in a dynamic and research-active institute, of c. 30 people, fully integrated within the Department of Zoology and will have close links to colleagues in the Departments of Zoology and Plant Sciences and the School of Geography and the Environment, and other Wytham research groups in and around Oxford. Further details at:

Applicants must apply online before the closing deadline at 12.00 midday on 26 April 2017. Please upload a CV and supporting statement.

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Other vacancies

Two Short-Term Field Assistant Positions Available

Two short-term field assistant positions are available to work collecting data on the breeding biology of blue tits and great tits, based at the Edward Grey Institute, Dept of Zoology, University of Oxford.

The posts are available for two months full time, from approximately Monday 3rd April to Friday 2nd June 2017. 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. Further details about the project see This is casual 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).

Successful candidates must have (or be qualified to obtain) a BTO permit to ring adult and nestling tits, be able to demonstrate skill and enthusiasm for biological research as well as experience of fieldwork under arduous conditions, and of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Informal inquiries about the positions should be emailed to Dr Ella Cole (

The posts are based in a dynamic and expanding research-active institute, of c. 50 people, fully integrated within the Department of Zoology. Further details about the institute available at:

Salary: Grade 5.1 £24,565 per annum (pro rata). Start date: around April 3rd 2017.

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 (

Closing date: Sunday 19th February. All applications will be acknowledged. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in the last week of February 2017.

Gender & Diversity

We are dedicated to gender equality. In 2010, Zoology was the first department in Oxford to be given an Athena Swan Silver Award in recognition of its success at promoting the careers of women.