Graduate Research Assistant – Invertebrate Field Biologist

Research Assistant: Invertebrate Field Biologist
Closing date: 19th June 2019, 12:00
Grade 6: £28,660 – £34,189 p.a.

We are seeking a researcher to undertake and oversee fieldwork and species identification at the University of Oxford’s Wytham Estate. Wytham has been identified as focal site for sampling plants and animals for the Darwin Tree of Life Project (www.sanger.ac.uk/news/view/genetic-code-66000-uk-species-be-sequenced), an ambitious plan to sequence the complete genome of the UK’s flora and fauna (about 66,000 species in total). The person appointed will have a key role in initiating practical aspects of this work, in close collaboration with internal and external partners.

The successful candidate will be responsible for running a programme of fieldwork to generate invertebrate samples for genome sequencing, engaging with academics and with both professional and amateur naturalists to ensure that samples are secured, processed and identified appropriately. The researcher will also be responsible for preparing and shipping samples to partner organisations for genome sequencing, and archiving, tracking and data-basing of samples. He or she will be expected to work closely with project partners within Oxford University and externally, and may be required to represent the Oxford team at external meetings and seminars.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate-level or postgraduate-level qualification in a relevant subject, experience of zoological fieldwork including sampling methods for invertebrates, and experience of species identification and taxonomy.

This post is funded for 6 months.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 19 June 2019. Click here for further details and to apply.


PhD applicants

In Oxford, the hD qualification is known as a ‘DPhil’. Current CERO 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 Owen well in advance of the university deadlines, preferably attaching a CV, research interests and your ideas about your proposed research topics.

Becky Morris and Sofia Gripenberg have moved and will now recruit PhD students through the Universities of Southampton and Reading, respectively – please contact them 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 Owen if you are interested in this possibility.