Staff Vacancies


Senior IT Officer

Salary: Grade 7: 31,076 - 38,183 with a discretionary range to 41,709 p.a.


The Department of Zoology is at the centre of Oxford's research and teaching in whole organism biology. The Zoology IT Office plays a key role in supporting the Department in both its teaching and research by providing a complex but flexible heterogeneous IT infrastructure that closely matches the needs and requirements of the Department.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced person to join the team. Your primary responsibility will be to manage and develop the complex IT infrastructure including servers and networking.

In addition, you will have particular responsibilities for the Department’s internal and external websites. This includes the provision and management of websites used by the Department’s researcher staff to promote their research to the wider scientific community and general public.

As a senior member of staff, you will deputise for the IT Manager, and provide advice and mentoring to junior members of the team. You will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the work of the IT Office, including providing advice and IT support to staff and students.

The successful candidate will have a good first degree. You will also have a wide range of appropriate skills, including a broad knowledge of desktop operating systems including Windows 7, Mac OS X and Linux. You will have a deep knowledge and extensive experience on managing Windows, Linux and *BSD servers. This post offers an exciting opportunity to further develop your wide set of skills and knowledge.

This role will not attract sufficient points to obtain a sponsored tier 2 visa under the points based immigration system, however applications are welcome from candidates who don’t currently have the right to work in the UK, but who would be eligible to obtain a visa via another route.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 27 February 2017. You will be required to add a CV and covering letter.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 27 February 2017)

Communications and Outreach Officer

Salary: Grade 6: 27,629 - 32,958 with a discretionary range to 36,001 p.a.

The Departments of Zoology and Plant Sciences are seeking a motivated individual to develop and coordinate internal and external communications and outreach activities.

This is a new post and will be offered as a 2 year fixed-term contract. You will report to the Zoology Administrator but work closely with colleagues in both departments.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and have experience in a similar role with a clear enthusiasm for science communication. You will be familiar with a range of communication channels including websites, social media and printed publications, and knowledge of the challenges and opportunities posed by each. You will have: excellent written English, with the ability to write in different styles to suit different audiences; strong IT skills and familiarity with a range of software, including website content management systems and online reporting tools.

Applications should be made online, and you will be required to upload a curriculum vitae, a supporting statement and the names and addresses of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received by 12.00 noon on 1 March 2017 can be considered.

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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.