Staff Vacancies


Malaria Atlas Project Office Manager (maternity cover)

Salary: Grade 5: 24,057 - 28,695 p.a.

The Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) is looking for an Office Manager to support the work of scientists and project staff within the group. The post is fixed-term to cover a period of maternity leave between the middle of February 2016 and the end of August 2016.

MAP brings together researchers based around the world to generate innovative methods of mapping malaria risk. Ultimately our goal is to produce a comprehensive range of maps and estimates that will support effective planning of malaria control at national and international scales.

The post advertised is a varied role covering all aspects of administrative support. You will be creative, accurate and well-organised in your approach to your work, and willing to extend your skills as required. You will be a good team player, and committed to the success of MAP.

Candidates must be highly organised and self-motivated. Good numerical, written, and communication skills are essential. Experience in the use of financial packages, human resources packages, and web content-management systems are highly desirable, although full-training will be available for a suitable candidate.

Applications should include the following items. Any applications received without these will not be considered:

  • a supporting statement listing each of the essential and desirable selection criteria from the job description and explaining how you meet them;

  • a detailed curriculum vitae.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 2 December 2015.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 2 December 2015)

Research Assistant in Evolutionary Microbiology

Salary: Grade 6: 27,057 - 32,277 p.a.

Professor Craig Maclean's lab is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant to work on a Wellcome Trust funded project to study the evolutionary biology of antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staph aureus). This post is based at the Department of Zoology, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PS and is offered on a fixed-term basis for 3 years.

The overall goal of this project is to use a combination of high-throughput resistance profiling, competition assays, and sequencing to understand how bacterial populations evolve in response to antibiotic treatment in clinical settings and in vivo experiments. The postholder will work in conjunction with a PDRA to carry out the wet-lab components of this project, and will regularly interact with a bioinformatics PDRA. The postholder will also play an important role in the management of the laboratory.

This post is ideally suited for applicants who have a relevant degree and/or previous experience work experience in clinical microbiology and bacterial genetics. This project will involve carrying out large-scale experiments, and the postholder will require excellent organisation and management skills. The postholder will join a dynamic and interdisciplinary team working on the evolutionary biology of antibiotic resistance, and the postholder will work as a key member of this team. Previous experience in evolutionary biology is an asset, but is not required for this post.

Informal enquires should be addressed to Professor Craig Maclean (

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 4 December 2015.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 4 December 2015)

Part-time Research Assistant (variable hours)

Salary: Grade 4: 20,781 - 23,386 p.a. (pro rata; pay award pending)


The Department of Zoology would like to recruit a Research Assistant who will assist with ongoing studies of insect behaviour and evolution. This is a variable hours post for a fixed-term of 6 months.

The studies involve examining morphology and behaviour in fruit flies and morphology in water striders. The techniques used include microscopy, imaging insect morphology, dissection, measurements of digital images, behavioural experiments with fruit flies, data extraction from videos of insect behaviour, and organising and analysing data.

Responsibilities and duties include:

  • imaging fruit fly morphology.

  • measuring structures from digital images.

  • assisting with behavioural experiments of fruit flies.

  • fruit fly husbandry.

  • organising data.

  • organising samples.

  • computer-based work.

Excellent organisational skills required.

Note: Fruit flies are a potential allergen following ongoing exposure.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 7 December 2015.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 7 December 2015)

Research Assistant in Conservation Science

Salary: Grade 6: 27,057 - 29,552 p.a.

This post will contribute to research carried out as part of the NERC-funded project “Learning from observational data to improve protected area management”, a 3 year study which aims to combine insights about human decision-making and field data with statistical and simulation-based modelling approaches in order to develop the conceptual understanding and practical tools needed to quantify and improve the effectiveness of patrolling in protected areas.

You will be responsible for the design, implementation and analysis of the field component of the project, including co-ordinating field teams to carry out household surveys using specialised techniques such as the unmatched count technique, discrete choice experiments and behavioural games. You will also be responsible for ensuring that your work is clearly documented and contributing to the dissemination of the project’s findings through peer reviewed journal articles and conference presentations.

The post will be based in Oxford, working under the primary supervision of Professor EJ Milner-Gulland, with extended periods of field work in Cambodia working in close cooperation with Dr Alex Diment and WCS globally, and with project partners. This post is fixed-term for 3 years.

The successful applicant will have a postgraduate degree in conservation science or a related discipline, ability to conduct research in challenging field conditions, willingness to travel, including extended periods in Cambodia, experience of social science research techniques for conservation, skills in statistical analysis and experience in using programme such as R, and evidence of skills in leadership and team-work.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 7 December 2015. Please upload a CV and supporting statement for this role.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Antibiotics Resistance Evolution

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

The postholder will be responsible for carrying out evolution experiments to understand the evolutionary drivers of antibiotic resistance using in vivo experimental evolution in pathogenic bacteria (E coli and P aeruginosa). Specifically, the postholder will investigate (1) the fitness costs and benefits of acquiring antibiotic resistance gene cassettes and (2) how cassette re-arrangements interact with bacterial stress response pathways to catalyse the evolution of elevated levels of antibiotic resistance.

The position requires a relevant doctoral degree combined with previous experience in molecular microbiology and evolutionary biology, combined with a strong publication record. The postholder will also require an advanced understanding of bacterial genetics; in particular, the postholder will require previous experience working with integrons and/or plasmids.

This post will be based at the Department of Zoology, Oxford and is fixed-term for 1 year.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Principal Investigator ( prior to submitting an application.

Applications must be received before 12.00 noon on Monday 14 December 2015.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 14 December 2015)

Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary and Computational Analysis of Infectious Disease

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

The Department of Zoology, seek an ambitious Postdoctoral Researcher with strong quantitative skills to undertake research at the interface of evolutionary biology, infectious disease, computational statistics, and genomics. The position is available immediately for a fixed-term of 3 years (36 months). The candidate will join a productive and award-winning research group under the supervision of Professor Oliver Pybus. Funding is available to support training, collaborative visits and conference attendance.

Main responsibilities:

  • undertake innovative research in the fields of virus evolution, epidemiology, statistical inference, genomics, population genetics, phylogenetics, quantitative immunology, or mathematical modelling;

  • create and apply computational and statistical methods. Develop, maintain and distribute completed software;

  • contribute and develop ideas for new research projects;

  • participate in and lead the publication of research findings in international peer-reviewed journals and other publications.

The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field of biology; or a doctoral degree in another science (e.g. computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, chemistry) with a strong link to the research described and have strong analytical and quantitative skills, including a good working knowledge of probability theory/statistics. They must be competent in scientific computing using at least one programming language (C, C++, JAVA, preferred) and demonstrate the ability to undertake high quality scientific research.

Please upload a CV and supporting statement.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on Monday 21 December 2015 will be considered.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Flight Control of Insects

Salary: Grade 7: 30,434 - 37,394 p.a. (pay award pending)

The goal of this postdoc is to model the flight dynamics and control of flies with the aim of identifying the evolved “design principles” underlying the control architecture of insects. The postdoc will undertake free- and tethered-flight experiments with insects, which will be used to parameterise theoretical models of the closed-loop flight dynamics. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to participate in synchrotron imaging experiments at the Swiss Light Source, using a cutting-edge time-resolved microCT technique that members of the team pioneered. The postdoc will use their models of the dynamical relationship mapping sensory input to motor output to build models of the open- and closed-loop flight dynamics of three target species. These models will allow us to test the hypothesis that the directional properties of the sensory system are matched to the directional properties of the flight motor system, and to identify any evolved “design principle” underlying this match.

Based in Oxford on a fixed-term contract for 1 year in the first instance, under the supervision of Professor Graham Taylor and Dr Simon Walker, the postdoc forms part of a wider international project combining behaviour, neurophysiology, and control theory. The appointee will be able to demonstrate aptitude in both practical and theoretical work, but as the research is part of a mature programme, no prior experience of insect flight research is required. You will have a background in control theory and can demonstrate practical aptitude through a mechanical or aerospace engineering doctorate, or a doctorate in biomechanics.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 6 January 2016.

  • Apply now (Closing date: Noon, 6 January 2016)

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