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


Part-time Administrative Assistant - DTP in Environmental Science

Salary: Grade 4: 20,718 - 24,057 p.a. (pro rata)


We are seeking to appoint an Administrative Assistant for the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Environmental Research. The DTP in Environmental Research is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and offers structured multi-disciplinary training to doctoral students. It is hosted across six Oxford departments: Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Geography and the Environment, Physics, Plant Sciences and Zoology. The Administrative Assistant will assist the Course Director and the DTP Co-ordinator in the running of the DTP programme.

Duties include a wide range of administrative work, including administration of student admissions, answering general queries, correspondence with students and supervisors, and organising events such as lectures, conferences, open days, undergraduate summer schools and field courses. The appointee will be responsible for gathering information and updating databases and website, and will help to develop and implement new processes and procedures including the development of e-learning tools.

The position requires IT skills, organisational, administrative and communication skills as well as flexibility and the ability to work in a team.

The post is part-time (50%) and fixed-term for 2 years.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on Thursday 25 September 2014. Interviews will be held on 3 October 2014.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

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

A position is available, for 1 year in the first instance, to work at the Zoology Department in Oxford using planarian flatworms to study the interplay between pathogens and 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 regeneration and the role of pathogens in this process.

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. The main tasks will be to establish and utilise experimental assays to assess regenerative responses to infection and how this varies among different planarian species and biotypes. These analyses will form the basis for models that can be tested further by functional genomic approaches. Experience in working planarians and/or bacterial pathogens are highly desirable/essential as is a strong interest in evolutionary and molecular 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 received online before 12.00 midday on 6 October 2014 will be considered. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement.

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Research Assistant - Malaria Atlas Project

Salary: Grade 6: 27,057 - 32,277 with a discretionary range to 35,256 p.a.

The Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford is looking for a Research Assistant to contribute to making the outputs of mathematical models estimating disease risk (and other factors) available to public health bodies worldwide.

This is an 18 month fixed-term contract.

The main responsibilities will be updating and maintenance of a bespoke malaria database; obtaining data from a range of sources including published articles, personal contacts and direct from public health agencies; clean up incoming data so it is checked and standardised for use in the group’s mathematical models (including geopositioning data); select, follow and adapt data extraction and manipulation protocols; support the group’s programme of data dissemination, and contribute to scientific reports and manuscripts for publication while maintaining the confidentiality of unpublished research data.

Candidates must have a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree and experience in a relevant scientific subject; strong data manipulation skills, proficiency in data extraction and database use; evidence of proficiency in scientific writing, as well as the ability to take advice and constructive criticism and a responsible nature with clear evidence for strong skills in decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organising. The interview will include a 30-min data handling test. The candidate will join a large and dynamic group under the supervision of Professor Simon Hay. Funding is available to support training and conference attendance.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 6 October 2014 will be considered. You will be asked to upload a CV and supporting statement.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Phenotypic Evolution and Speciation in Birds

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

A postdoctoral position is available to examine the key factors governing phenotypic evolution and speciation in birds. The new post is fixed-term for 12 months and will suit candidates interested in analysing existing global datasets with the aim of generating high ranking publications. The postholder will be expected to analyse extensive unpublished datasets on species traits and phylogeny and to prepare a scientific publication and, potentially, a follow-on grant. Other potential duties are to provide advice to PhD students, and to present results at an international conference.

Applicants must have excellent quantitative skills, in particular experience in manipulating large datasets, fluency in the R programming environment, familiarity with a range of analytical techniques (including mixed modeling, Bayesian approaches, phylogenetic modeling, BiSSE/MuSSe, simulation, etc), an excellent publication record commensurate with stage of career and good scientific presentation skills. A PhD in a relevant subject is required.

This post will be based in Oxford.

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

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Other vacancies

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Athena Swan Silver Award

In 2010 the Department was given an Athena Swan Silver Award in recognition of its success at promoting the careers of women.