Staff Vacancies


Graduate Research Assistant - Social Learning and Ecology of Birds

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

A Graduate Research Assistant position is available, for a fixed-term of up to 9 months, starting on 1 October 2015, to work supporting a project studying social learning and information transmission on social networks of birds. The post will be based in the Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. The main duties of the postholder will be to carry out fieldwork near Oxford to support the collection of data on social learning and social relationships in wild birds. The postholder will participate in field experiments testing hypotheses about the way that information spreads between individuals in populations, as well as working to collect long-term population data on breeding populations of tits. In addition, the postholder will carry out extensive ringing activities.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related subject, and demonstrate skill and enthusiasm for biological research. Experience of fieldwork under arduous conditions, and of working as part of a team are essential. Fieldwork skills involving birds, including a UK ringing licence (and relevant mist-net and pulli endorsements) are essential.

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

Please direct informal inquiries (with CV) to Professor Ben Sheldon (

You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 17 August 2015.

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Research Coordinator for the Inter-disciplinary Centre in Conservation Science

Salary: Grade 7: 30,434 - 37,394 with a discretionary range to 39,685 p.a.

This post will coordinate the research, engagement and impact activities of the Inter-disciplinary Centre in Conservation Science (ICCS). They will liaise between the members of the research group and their collaborators within and outside the University, to implement four main areas of activity: 1. coordination of ICCS's research, impact and professional service activities for saiga antelope conservation; 2. organisation of ICCS's research, outreach and public engagement activities; 3. supporting engagement between ICCS and scientific colleagues within the department, the University and more broadly; 4. supporting the group's engagement with external collaborative partners in industry and the international NGO sector.

This varied and responsible position requires someone with initiative, able to initiate and maintain good relationships with a range of people from different sectors, with experience and skills in relevant areas, and with a strong interest in knowledge exchange and translating research into impact. The successful applicant will have: a postgraduate degree in conservation science; previous experience in organising events and coordinating networks of researchers and other stakeholders; previous experience of dissemination to and engagement with a range of audiences and using a range of mediums; previous experience of biodiversity conservation administration and implementation; and excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken English, and use information technology appropriately.

Only applications received by no later than 12.00 noon on Monday 17 August 2015 can be considered. Please upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online applications.

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Part-time Catering Assistant

Salary: Grade 1: 14,959 - 15,356 p.a. (pro rata)

We are looking to appoint a part-time Catering Assistants to work 25 hours per week all year round. This post is fixed-term for 4 months with a possibility of an extension.

This position will be working in Darwin’s cafeteria in The Department of Zoology, South Parks Road. Darwin’s is open from 8.15 - 4.30 and serves breakfast, lunch and snacks.

You need to be flexible, reliable, and enjoy working as part of a small, busy team. The ideal candidate will have previous food handling experience but full training will be provided.

If you are interested in this role, and have the skills and experience we are looking for, please apply online following the link below.

Only applications received before 12:00 noon on Wednesday 19 August 2015 will be considered.

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Part-time Finance Officer (maternity cover)

Salary: Grade 4: 20,781 - 24,057 p.a. (pro rata)


The Department of Zoology is looking to appoint a part-time Finance Officer to work 16 hours per week over four mornings.

The successful candidate will be numerate with good customer care and IT skills. Previous experience in purchasing or payments and of working with Oracle Financials would be an advantage but full training will be given. You must be able to work to deadlines and be accurate with attention to detail, possess good keyboard and numeracy skills, and have a pleasant telephone manner. As you will be expected to deal with people at all levels you should be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

This is a fixed-term contract for 10 months to cover maternity leave.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

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