Postdoctoral Researcher – Insect Food Webs

We are recruiting for a 6-Month postdoc in community ecology, studying climate change effects on tropical insect food webs. Closing date 15th August.

The Postdoctoral Researcher who will join an ongoing NERC-funded project investigating the ecological and evolutionary effects of climate change on insect food webs. The focus is on a model system from the rainforests of Queensland, Australia, involving drosophilid flies and their networks of interactions with parasitoids. The main responsibility of the postholder will be to compile and analyse existing data from field and laboratory experiments and to write scientific publications. He or she will collaborate with team members at the University of Bristol, James Cook University and the University of Melbourne. Although the post will primarily involve data analysis and writing, there may be the possibility to visit and carry out practical work away from Oxford with our collaborators in Australia and the Czech Republic. The postholder may act as a day-to-day advisor to PhD and project students whose work is linked to the project.

We are looking for a motivated individual with an interest in community ecology and the response of ecological communities to climate change He or she will have excellent data analysis and writing skills and experience of the preparing scientific data for publication. The successful candidate will also be a team player and enjoy working collaboratively on a common project. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field (or awaiting examination).

The post is fixed-term for 6 months.

All applications must be made online.

Only applications received by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 15 August 2018 can be considered.

Further information available here.

PhD applicants


Sofia Gripenberg, Owen Lewis, Becky Morris* and Eleanor Slade are all able to supervise PhD students (in Oxford, the qualification is known as a ‘DPhil’). Our current students are funded through the Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership (previously NERC studentships), prestigious independent studentships (e.g. the Christopher Welch Scholarship) and, for overseas students, scholarships funded by their home countries (see the Department of Zoology website). Applications for the Environmental Research DTP are due in January (see here for details on how to apply). If you’re interested in studying for a DPhil please contact us well in advance of the university deadlines, preferably attaching a CV, research interests and your ideas about your preferred research topics.

*Since Becky Morris has moved she will now recruit PhD students through the University of Southampton – please contact her for details.


Postdoctoral Researchers and Fellowships


We encourage motivated postdoctoral researchers to contact us. If you wish to apply for an independent research fellowship in topics related to research within the group we may be able to support and assist with your application – please see the Department of Zoology website for more details and contact us if you are interested in this possibility.