Staff Vacancies


Restatements Research Assistant

Salary: Grade 6: 27,057 - 32,277 p.a.

We seek a research assistant to join a team producing policy-relevant reviews of the natural science evidence base in contested subjects. These reviews – called “Evidence Restatements” - are a new format of scientific paper summarising the scientific literature relevant to a contentious policy debate. Early topics have covered the control of bovine TB (including the effects of badger culling) and whether insecticides are responsible for pollinator declines. Producing restatements requires quick-thinking, an ability to engage with scientists and policy makers at the most senior levels and an excellent eye for detail.

The successful applicant will provide background research, data analysis and summary documents; assemble and manage large bibliographic databases; help produce the final “restatements”; and co-ordinate author and stakeholder interaction, including organising workshops. You should hold at least a Master's level degree, probably in a natural science discipline, or have demonstrable equivalent experience in a research or analysis role. You should have proven analytic and writing skills and have an interest in the application of science to policy.

We are looking for someone who is broadly curious, intellectually rigorous, and able to rapidly assimilate complex concepts in unfamiliar scientific areas. You should have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills and be willing to help in event-management and liaising with stakeholders from different sectors.

The position is fixed-term for up to 18 months.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 30 March 2015.

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Postdoctoral Computational Scientist in Disease Modelling

Salary: Grade 7: 30,343 - 37,394 p.a.

The Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford is looking for a Postdoctoral Computational Scientist with a track record of excellence to undertake research at the interface of malaria epidemiology, malaria spatial dynamics and control, statistical analysis, algorithm development, and policy. The postholder will help to develop new models and use existing models to make policy recommendations about new vaccines, the evolution of drug resistance, and strategies for malaria elimination.

The main responsibilities will be to review and refine theories as appropriate, regarding innovative applied research in development and application of malaria models; adapt existing and develop new computational and statistical methods; contribute and develop ideas for new research projects; collaborative research projects; provide advice to other members of the group and collaborate with senior colleagues to help raise research funds.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field of science (e.g. statistics) together with relevant experience, such as spatial and spatio-temporal modelling using Bayesian methodologies. They must also have experience of scientific computing using at least one programming language (C, C++, JAVA, R are preferred).

The candidate will join a large and dynamic group under the supervision of Professor David L Smith. Funding is available to support training and conference attendance.

This is a fixed-term post for 2 years and is based in the Department of Zoology, Oxford University.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 6 April 2015 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

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Other vacancies


A 3 month casual field assistant position is available to collect data on the species richness and host specificity of herbivorous insects and their parasitoids on tropical rainforest plant species. The post will be based in Papua New Guinea working for Dr Becky Morris (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford;

The main duty of the field assistant is to lead data collection (sampling and rearing insects) in remote field conditions. The successful applicant will be required to work alongside local research assistants without supervision. This position offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated candidates wanting to gain research experience before applying for a PhD, or filling in a gap after finishing their PhD.

Applicants must have a degree in Biological Sciences or Ecology and relevant field research skills and experience, including in the tropics. They must be comfortable living at a remote field site without internet access and physically able to walk long distances and spend long days in the field.

To apply: please email Dr Becky Morris ( with a CV, a covering letter explaining why you would be a good candidate for this role, and the email addresses of two referees. Informal enquiries to the same email address.

Salary: equivalent to Grade 6.1 £27,057 (pro rata) £13.88 per hour.

Start date: exact date to be confirmed, but likely to be end of April/early May

Closing date: Monday February 23rd 2015. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed, in person or by skype, soon after the closing date.

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.