Staff Vacancies

 

Glass Washing Assistant

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

Applications are invited for the position of Glasswashing Assistant at the Department of Zoology. This role is based in both the undergraduate teaching laboratory and also the research laboratories. Your main tasks will be carrying out the glass and implement washing, sterilisation of media and bio-waste and the laundry within the department.

You will be educated to GCSE level or equivalent and preferably have previous experience in laboratory glass washing or autoclave procedures (though training is available as required) and you need to be flexible, reliable, and enjoy working as part of a team but in control of your own time and work.

The position being offered is a full-time role, working a total of 36.5 hours a week. However, applications from persons wishing to work only 30 hours per week are also welcomed. The exact working hours are to be agreed at appointment but will need to take place within the hours of 8.00 am – 6.00 pm, 5 days per week. Please note annual leave cannot normally be taken in the 24 weeks of the University teaching terms apart from in exceptional circumstances.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 5 November 2014 will be considered. You will be asked to upload a supporting statement.

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PDRA in Biodiversity Conservation Modelling

Salary: Grade 7: 30,434 - 37,394 with a discretionary range to 40,847 p.a.

A 12 month fixed-term postdoctoral position is available to re-assess the conservation status of Amazonian birds and to model the implications of this assessment for conservation planning in the region.

The main job will involve using GIS modelling techniques and applying IUCN criteria to determine extinction risk in birds under different models of projected deforestation and levels of coverage by protected areas and incorporating a suite of recent major taxonomic revisions. Beyond that, the post will involve analysing bird (and potentially also plant) trait data collected from species occurring in communities across human land-use gradients in Amazonia and using these data to evaluate the impact of land-use change on ecosystem functioning.

Applicants must have excellent quantitative skills, with robust understanding of and experience in mapping and GIS modelling techniques. Experience in phylogenetic comparative analysis is also desirable. Applicants must also have some experience manipulating large datasets, and fluency in the R programming environment. A PhD in a relevant subject is required.

This post will be based in Oxford.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on 5 November 2014 will be considered. You will be asked to upload a CV and supporting statement.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Poultry Fertility

Salary: Grade 7: 30,434 - 37,394 p.a.

A PDRA position funded by a BBSRC LINK grant in collaboration with Aviagen Ltd is available in Professor Pizzari’s research group to study the social, physiological and genetic mechanisms underpinning variation in fertility in chicken populations.

The PDRA will be responsible for leading investigations of both red junglefowl populations at Oxford and broiler breeder Aviagen populations in Scotland, and for liaising between the research group and industrial partner. The successful candidate will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil together with relevant experience in poultry reproductive biology with strong emphasis on social/behavioural aspects and demonstrable expertise in social network and multi-level selection analysis of large datasets, as well as computer-assisted sperm analysis.

The postholder may be exposed to allergens associated with poultry.

This post is based at the Department of Zoology, South Parks Road and is fixed-term until 30 April 2017.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 5 November 2014.

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Postdoctoral Computational Scientist in Disease Modelling

Salary: Grade 8: 38,511 - 45,954 with a discretionary range to 50,200 p.a.

The Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford is looking for a Postdoctoral Computational Scientist for a fixed-term of 4.5 years to lead a programme of research and development at the interface of malaria epidemiology, malaria spatial dynamics and control, statistical analysis, algorithm development, and policy. The postholder will bring together datasets and concepts describing human and mosquito mobility, human malaria infections and epidemiology, human health systems and health seeking behaviour, mosquito ecology, intervention distribution and effectiveness, and human population distributions. They will iteratively modify the resulting software to serve the interests of core constituencies.

The main responsibilities will be to undertake innovative applied research in the development and application of malaria models; develop and implement new computational and statistical methods, contribute and develop ideas for new and collaborative research projects, lead the publication and dissemination of research findings; provide scientific advice and support for group members and manage own area of a larger research budget.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field of science (e.g. a relevant area of biology, computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry), postdoctoral research experience, and competence in at least one programming language (C, C++, JAVA, R are preferred). The interview will include a 30 min programming test.

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.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 24 November 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

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Postdoctoral Computational Scientist in Disease Modelling

Salary: Grade 8: 38,511 - 45,954 with a discretionary range to 50,200 p.a.

The Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford is looking for a Postdoctoral Computational Scientist for a fixed-term of 4.5 years to lead a programme of research and development at the interface of malaria epidemiology, malaria spatial dynamics and control, statistical analysis, algorithm development, and policy. The postholder will bring together datasets and concepts describing human and mosquito mobility, human malaria infections and epidemiology, human health systems and health seeking behaviour, mosquito ecology, intervention distribution and effectiveness, and human population distributions. They will iteratively modify the resulting software to serve the interests of core constituencies.

The main responsibilities will be to undertake innovative applied research in the development and application of malaria models; develop and implement new computational and statistical methods, develop data visualisation tools to help stakeholders interpret the results; lead the publication and dissemination of research findings; provide scientific advice and support for group members and manage own area of a larger research budget.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field of science (e.g. a relevant area of biology, computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry), postdoctoral research experience, and competence in at least one programming language (C, C++, JAVA, R are preferred). The interview will include a 30 min programming test.

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.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 24 November 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cell and Molecular Evolution

Salary: Grade 7: 30,434 - 37,394 with a discretionary range to 40,847 p.a.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher with experience of experimental developmental biology and gene function analysis. The postholder will join a research group working on evolution and development, with responsibility for carrying out research within the ERC project entitled GENEVA ‘Genome Evolution in the Animal Kingdom’.

Your research will centre on experimental testing of the functions of duplicated genes in animal development, using procedures such as RNAi, ChIP, FISH and EMSA. Involvement in related research centred on molecular evolutionary analysis of high-throughput genome and cDNA sequencing data is also possible. You will be also expected to provide guidance to other members of the research group, including PhD and project students, and technicians.

Applicants should hold a PhD/DPhil in laboratory-based experimental science and have practical experience of cell culture, translation, protein purification, immunocytochemistry, construction and manipulation of DNA vectors. Also practical experience of either ChIP or EMSA.

This a fixed-term contract for 15 months based at the Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Monday 24 November 2014 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Genome Evolution

Salary: Grade 7: 30,434 - 37 394 with a discretionary range to 40,847 p.a.

The postholder will join a research group working on evolution and development, with responsibility for carrying out research within the ERC project entitled GENEVA ‘Genome Evolution in the Animal Kingdom’.

We are seeking postdoctoral researchers with experience of experimental developmental biology and gene function analysis.

Your research will centre on experimental testing of the functions of duplicated genes in animal development, using procedures such as RNAi, ChIP, FISH and EMSA. Involvement in related research centred on molecular evolutionary analysis of high-throughput genome and cDNA sequencing data is also possible. You will be also expected to provide guidance to other members of the research group, including PhD and project students, and technicians.

Applicants are expected to hold a PhD/DPhil in laboratory-based experimental science.

This a fixed-term contract for 15 months based at the Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 26 November 2014 can be considered. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Microbial Social Evolution

Salary: Grade 7: 30,434 - 37,394 p.a.

A Postdoctoral Research Assistant is required to join a research group examining social evolution in bacteria.

The PDRA’s main roles will be:
(1) carry out experimental studies on bacteria, looking at the fitness of different strains under different conditions;
(2) assay phenotypes of strains isolated from the human lung;
(3) sequence and analyse sequence data from strains isolated from the human lung.

The PDRA will therefore be required to manage a combination of theoretical and empirical projects. This will involve: culturing and experimental evolution of bacteria; fitness assays; phenotypic (e.g. siderophores, bacteriocins) and genotypic studies of isolates from long term lung infections.

The PDRA must have a PhD at the interface of evolutionary biology and microbiology, as well as experience in: evolutionary theory (e.g. kin selection models); microbial experimental evolution; sequencing and sequence analysis; microbiology with Pseudomonas lung isolates.

This a fixed-term position until 30 September 2015 based in the Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PS.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 3 December 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

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