Tasso Leventis Professorship of Biodiversity

The University intends to make an appointment to the Tasso Leventis Professorship of Biodiversity in the Department of Zoology (part of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division) with effect from 1 January 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The professor will provide leadership in research and teaching in biodiversity and in the application of research findings to the problems which face ecologists, policymakers and humankind in general. The professor will also teach aspects of the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Biodiversity as a research field has been strengthened in the Department of Zoology at Oxford by recent appointments in ecology and conservation biology, and by the development of the Department's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Tubney. In parallel, new and related positions have been created in the School of Geography and the Environment, while the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment brings political and policy expertise to the area. The Professorship is endowed by a generous benefaction from the Tasso Leventis Conservation Foundation. The Tasso Leventis Professor will also hold a Professorial Fellowship at Merton College, one of Oxford's oldest Colleges. Lord May of Oxford holds an Emeritus Fellowship at the College, which also houses the Linacre Professor of Zoology and a second professorship in Biodiversity.

Queries about the post should be addressed to Professor Peter Holland FRS at peter.holland@zoo.ox.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 271185. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.

Staff Vacancies

 

Graduate Research Assistant - Social Learning and Ecology of Birds

Salary: Grade 6: 26,527 - 31,644 with a discretionary range to 34,565 p.a.

A Graduate Research Assistant position is available, for a fixed-term of 9.5 months, to work on 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.

The successful candidate will have a BSc 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 are strongly desirable.

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: www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/egi/.

Informal inquiries (with CV) to Professor Ben Sheldon (ben.sheldon@zoo.ox.ac.uk).

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 18 August 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 18 August 2014)
 

Graduate Research Assistant - Social Learning and Ecology of Birds

Salary: Grade 6: 26,527 - 31,644 with a discretionary range to 34,565 p.a.

A Graduate Research Assistant position is available, for a fixed-term of 5.5 months, to work on 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.

The successful candidate will have a BSc 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, as are fieldwork skills involving birds, including a UK ringing licence.

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: www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/egi/.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 18 August 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 18 August 2014)
 

Postdoctoral Researcher - Evolutionary and Computational Analysis of Infectious Disease (Phylodynamics)

Salary: Grade 7: 29,837 - 36,661 with a discretionary range to 40,046 p.a.

We seek an ambitious postdoctoral researcher with strong quantitative skills to undertake research at the interface of evolutionary biology, infectious disease, computational statistics, and genomics. Highly-motivated researchers with a background in a science other than biology are also eligible to apply. The position is available immediately and fixed-term for 3 years (36 months). The candidate will join a dynamic and award-winning research group under the supervision of Professor Oliver Pybus. Funding is available to support training, collaborative visits and conference attendance.

NOTE: This position is being advertised in parallel with a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher (Grade 8) position in the same group. Please read the selection criteria for both positions. If you wish to be considered for both positions please say so in your application.

Main responsibilities:
- Undertake innovative research in the fields of virus evolution, epidemiology, statistical inference, genomics, population genetics, phylogenetics, quantitative immunology, or mathematical modelling.
- Contribute and develop ideas for new research projects.
- Participate in and lead the publication of research findings in international peer-reviewed journals and other publications.

Requirements:
- A doctoral degree in a relevant field of biology; or a doctoral degree in another science (e.g. computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry) with a strong interest in the research described here.
- Strong analytical and quantitative skills and excellent problem-solving abilities.
- Demonstrated ability to undertake high quality scientific research.
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 18 August 2014 will be considered. Please upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 18 August 2014)
 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Antigenic Evolution of Influenza

Salary: Grade 7: 29,837 - 36,661 with a discretionary range to 40,046 p.a.

We are looking for a fixed-term Postdoctoral Research assistant to join Professor Sunetra Gupta’s research team to conduct experimental studies on the antigenic evolution of influenza in collaboration with Professor Sarah Gilbert at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford and Professor Nigel Temperton at the University of Kent for 18 months. The goal of this work is to identify epitopes of low variability using surface-engineered viruses.

The work will include experimental testing of hypothesis concerning the antigenic evolution of influenza in collaboration with experimental groups at Oxford University and the University of Kent.

The candidate will have a PhD in biological sciences or experimental chemistry, broad molecular biology skills and preferably experience working with lentivirus assays. Good communication skills, self-motivation, and the capacity to contribute to the goals of the wider group are all essential criteria.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 18 August 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 18 August 2014)
 

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher - Evolutionary and Computational Analysis of Infectious Disease (Phylodynamics)

Salary: Grade 8: 37,756 - 45,053 with a discretionary range to 49,216 p.a.

We seek an accomplished postdoctoral researcher with a track record of excellence to undertake research at the interface of evolutionary biology, infectious disease, computational statistics, and genomics. Candidates are expected to have computer programming experience (see Criteria). Highly-motivated researchers with a background in a science other than biology are also eligible to apply. The position is available immediately and fixed-term for 3 years (36 months). The candidate will join a dynamic and award-winning research group under the supervision of Professor Oliver Pybus. Funding is available to support training, collaborative visits and conference attendance.

NOTE: This position is being advertised in parallel with a Postdoctoral Researcher (Grade 7) position in the same group. Please read the selection criteria for both positions. If you wish to be considered for both positions please say so in your application.

Main responsibilities:
- Undertake innovative research in the fields of virus evolution, epidemiology, statistical inference, genomics, population genetics, phylogenetics, quantitative immunology, or mathematical modelling.
- Develop and implement new computational and statistical methods.
- Contribute and develop ideas for new research projects and share responsibility for shaping the research group’s plans.

Requirements:
- A doctoral degree in a relevant field of biology; or a doctoral degree in another science (e.g. computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry) with a strong interest in the research described here. Post-qualification research experience.
- Experience of and demonstrated competence in scientific computing using at least one programming language (C, C++, JAVA, R preferred).

Only applications made online before midday on 18 August 2014 will be considered. Please upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 18 August 2014)
 

Postdoctoral Bioinformatician in Planarian Regeneration

Salary: Grade 7: 29,837 - 36,661 with a discretionary range to 40,046 p.a.

A position is available, for a fixed-term of 1 year in the first instance, to work at the Zoology Department in Oxford using comparative genomic approaches to study flatworm regeneration. The group uses planarian flatworms and other invertebrate model systems to study regenerative biology, ageing and associated evolutionary questions. We will attempt to answer key outstanding questions surrounding the evolution of asexuality and the evolution of processes controlling regeneration and pluripotent stem cell behaviour.

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop their own research careers, secure funding in their own right and be expected to perform highly competitive world leading research in evolutionary biology. The main tasks will be to analyse and correlate genomic and transcriptomic data to answer pertinent biological questions. These analyses will form the basis for models that can be tested further by functional genomic approaches. Experience in assembling and annotating genomic and transcriptomic data is highly desirable/essential as is a strong interest in evolutionary biology and/or regenerative biology. Candidates should have or be about to complete a PhD/DPhil in a relevant area.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Aziz Aboobaker at the Department of Zoology, Oxford.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 20 August 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 20 August 2014)
 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Antigenic Evolution of Influenza and HIV

Salary: Grade 7: 29,837 - 36,661 with a discretionary range to 40,046 p.a.

We are looking for a fixed-term research assistant to join Professor Sunetra Gupta’s research team to conduct mathematical modelling of the dynamics of influenza for 18 months. The postholder will also assist in the analysis and interpretation of data obtained through collaborations with experimental groups at Oxford University and the University of Kent and expected to undertake and publish high-quality original scientific research in collaboration with the Principal Investigator and other colleagues

It is essential that the candidate has a PhD/DPhil in ecology or evolutionary biology and has experience of mathematical modelling, preferably of infectious disease systems. Good communication skills, self-motivation, and the capacity to contribute to the goals of the wider group are all important criteria.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 20 August 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 20 August 2014)
 

Research Assistant - VECNet: Bionomics (maternity cover)

Salary: Grade 6: 26,527 - 31,644 with a discretionary range to 34,565 p.a.

The Vector-borne Disease Network (VECNet) aims to analyse malaria transmission and its reduction by one or more vector control interventions. This is a maternity cover post for 6 months and will be based at the Department of Zoology, Oxford.

Our main contribution to VecNet is spatial data collation; cleaning, standardisation and geopositioning vector-related data. Specifically we are recruiting a maternity cover post who will work on data that defines the spatial distribution of vector bionomics/behaviours (e.g. mosquitoes biting inside or outdoors).

You will have a good degree in a biological science, knowledge of vector biology (particularly mosquitoes transmitting malaria) and strong data manipulation skills. Experience using database or Geographical Information Systems is desirable but full training will be provided.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 20 August 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 20 August 2014)
 

Malaria Atlas Project Manager

Salary: Grade 9: 43,745 - 50,688 with a discretionary range to 55,375 p.a.

This senior post will join a multi-disciplinary team of scientists working on the Malaria Atlas Project (MAP). Malaria is a major killer in many regions of the world and MAP was founded in 2005 to assemble unique databases and develop cutting-edge geospatial modelling approaches to help policy-makers as part of a global effort to tackle this infectious disease (www.map.ox.ac.uk/). Under new funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the postholder will lead the ROAD-MAP project that underpins MAP's data acquisition, curation and dissemination roles, as well as acting as a senior advocate and liaising between MAP and our network of policy and academic partners.

You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline, a strong understanding of the principles of data management, and data sharing, and the ability to plan, organise, and manage complex projects. Importantly, you will have the gravitas and communication skills required to engage senior figures in the scientific and public health communities.

The position is fixed-term until 31 March 2019 and this post will be based the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Peter Gething via email: peter.gething@zoo.ox.ac.uk.

Only applications made online will be considered before the closing deadline of 12.00 midday on 27 August 2014. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 27 August 2014)

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