Staff Vacancies


Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Morphological Computation

Salary: Grade 7: £31,076 p.a.

We have a new post as Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Morphological Computation available. The main responsibilities of the position are: study web materials using the full range of available techniques e.g. laser vibrometry, high speed imaging, Finite Element Analysis; participate in the development of novel measurement and analytical techniques.

The candidate will ideally have a PhD (doctorate-level) qualification in biology or computing with background and interest in robotics, ideally soft robotics or working towards this. Given the interdisciplinarity of the project a senior postgraduate with experience in the area of study might also apply. The post needs attention to detail and diligent record keeping as well as careful experimentation and analysis. The postholder will have excellent communication skills, oral and written, and a proven ability to work effectively with colleagues at all levels, as well as independently prepare the research for publication in high level journals.

This post is based in the Department of Zoology, Oxford, and is fixed-term for 12 months.

You will be required to upload a CV and covering letter for this post. Only application made online will be accepted.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Monday 26 June 2017.

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Part-time Programme Manager

Salary: Grade 8: Salary in the range £39,325 - £40,523 p.a. (pro rata)

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated programme manager to support the work of the ‘Future of Animal Sourced Food’, a new consortium funded by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health Programme and led by the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. The postholder will be responsible for coordination and management of the Project’s research, reporting to the co-directors Professors Charles Godfray and Susan Jebb.

The postholder will work closely with the academic researchers and be responsible for the monitoring and reporting of progress, including the provision of high-level budget oversight. The postholder will play a key role in building links between the Project’s researchers and with research groups in and out of Oxford.

The postholder will be highly organised and possess the abilities to work to tight deadlines, manage and prioritise their own workload and develop new skills where needed. They will be able to work both independently and in a team, and effectively communicate on complex topics.

The successful candidate will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil with post qualification experience in relevant research or research related activities.

This is a part-time (0.5 FTE) fixed-term position until 31 May 2021 and is based at the Oxford Martin School.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 3 July 2017.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Social Scientist) – Future of Meat and Dairy (2 posts)

Salary: Grade 7: £31,076 - £38,183 p.a.

Applications are invited for two 4-year fixed-term Postdoctoral Research Assistants to join a Wellcome Trust funded project on the Future of Animal Sourced Food. The successful applicants will take responsibility for delivering the social science components of this large, interdisciplinary project and will work closely with Dr Jamie Lorimer and Dr Tara Garnett. Work in this package is focused on enabling change in the food system through the analysis of the social and political-economic context in which food system decisions are made to guide implementation. Research will involve close collaboration with the natural science members of the project team and a range of project stakeholders.

Applicants must have (or have recently submitted) a doctorate in the social sciences (geography, anthropology, sociology, science studies, politics or closely related fields) with a substantive focus on food, animals and agriculture. They should have research experience and expertise appropriate to their career stage and a publication record and familiarity with the existing literature and research within the field of agro-food studies.

Postholders will be based in the Oxford Martin School, Oxford and will report directly to Dr Jamie Lorimer (School of Geography and the Environment) and Dr Tara Garnett (Food Climate Research Network).

Potential applicants who would like to discuss the post are welcome to contact Dr Jamie Lorimer via email:

Applications must be made online and applicants should submit a CV and covering letter.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Wednesday 12 July 2017.

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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.