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

 

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.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 6 October 2014)
 

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.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 6 October 2014)
 

Research Support Assistant - Regeneration and Stem Cell Biology

Salary: Grade 5: 24,057 - 28,695 with a discretionary range to 31,342 p.a.

We are looking for a Research Support Assistant to join our exciting and vibrant research team. This opportunity has arisen as result of MRC funded project to investigate the basic biology of pluripotent stem behaviour in flatworms.

We are looking for a highly motivated and focused individual who wishes to contribute to cutting edge research in a supporting role. You will underpin the group activities with your existing expertise and by learning new approaches as required. The right candidate will take an active role in seeking out tasks to underpin the research activity of the group. An interest in regenerative biology and stem cell biology is essential as in some evidence of previous research achievement.

This post is fixed-term for 2 years in the first instance. For informal enquiries please contact Aziz Aboobaker.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 13 October 2014 will be considered. You will be asked to upload a supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 13 October 2014)
 

Research Assistant in Bacterial Experimental Evolution (variable hours)

Salary: Grade 6: 27,057 - 32,277 p.a. (pro rata)

We are seeking a Variable Hours Research Assistant to join a large team working on understanding the evolution of antibiotic resistance and its fitness costs in the pathogenic bacterium P. aeruginosa. The postholder will investigate how changes in gene expression associated with carrying plasmids that code for resistance gene alter bacterial fitness.

This will involve using a combination of RNAseq and qRT-PCR to investigate the expression of plasmid and chromosomal genes in strains of the bacterium P. aeruginosa carrying plasmids from environmental and clinical sources. To link altered gene expression to fitness, the applicant will compete plasmid-bearing strains against a plasmid-free YFP tagged reference strain of P. aeruginosa.

The postholder will have previous experience in studying bacterial gene expression by qRT-PCR and RNAseq, and in the use of in vitro competition assays to study bacterial fitness. The applicant will hold an undergraduate degree, and will already hold, or be working towards, completing a doctoral degree. The applicant will have excellent lab and analytical skills, and will be able to work in an independent manner in collaboration with the PI and postdocs.

This post is fixed-term until 31 January 2015.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 15 October 2014 will be considered. You will be asked to upload your CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 15 October 2014)
 

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 modelling, Bayesian approaches, phylogenetic modelling, 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.

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

Postdoctoral Researcher - Stem Cells and Tissue Regeneration

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

A position is fixed-term, for 1 year in the first instance, to work at the Zoology Department in Oxford using planarian flatworms to study the pluripotent stem cell behaviour. The group uses planarian flatworms and other invertebrate model systems to study regenerative biology, ageing and associated evolutionary and mechanistic questions. We will attempt to answer key outstanding questions surrounding stem cell behaviour during regeneration, with a particular focus on how positional information is specified.

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 key stem cell behaviours relevant to human disease processes. These analyses will form the basis for models that can be tested further by functional genomic approaches. Experience in working with planarians or other invertebrate model systems such as C elegans is highly desirable as is an interest in developmental biology and/or regenerative biology. Additionally experience in using and analysing data from RNAseq and ChiPseq experiments will be a clear advantage. Candidates should have or be about to complete a PhD/DPhil in a relevant area and a publication record demonstrating their ability for world-class research commensurate with their career stage.

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

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 22 October 2014 will be considered. Please upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 22 October 2014)
 

Research Assistant in Macroecology

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

A research assistant position is available to measure bird specimens in key museums and collate avian (or other animal or plant) data from the literature. These data are to be added to an existing global database of bird traits for the purpose of broadscale comparative analyses in the areas of phenotypic evolution, speciation and ecosystem function.

The new post is fixed-term for 6 months, and is based in the Biodiversity Institute, Department of Zoology, Oxford, with trips to museums in the UK and abroad. Applicants must have excellent organisational and presentation skills, hold a first degree, together with relevant experience, in particular experience in working with large datasets and a degree of fluency in the R programming environment. Previous experience in measuring museum specimens and collating data from the literature is also preferred.

Only applications received online before 12.00 midday on 29 October 2014 will be considered. You will be asked to upload a CV and supporting statement.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 29 October 2014)
 

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.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 5 November 2014)

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