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


Personnel Officer (maternity cover)

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

The Department of Zoology are looking for a Personnel Officer for 1 year to cover maternity leave. This is a key role in the Department’s administration in the area of personnel matters, including providing personnel advice, managing recruitment, payroll, end of fixed-term contracts and processing visa applications. Crucial to the role are relevant experience; the ability to develop good working relationships with a range of staff, and to be able to provide credible and acceptable advice to senior staff; and sensitivity in the handling of individual cases. This post will include the management of a Grade 5 Personnel Officer.

We will consider secondments and part-time working with a minimum of 21 hours per week.

The successful applicant will have experience of personnel administration in a complex organisation, experience in a similar function or professional study towards a graduate CIPD qualification or equivalent and good problem solving skills.

Only applications made online will be considered for this role. Please upload a CV and supporting statement.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 10 September 2014. Interviews will be held on Monday 22 September 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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Other vacancies

None other at the moment

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.