Postdoctoral Research Associate
(Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
Department of Biological Sciences
Applicants with a strong background in evolutionary biology and/or ecology are invited for the position of post-doctoral Research Associate to investigate the impacts of climate change on farmland ecological networks. The post holder will use both novel molecular approaches and ecological networks to determine how climate-driven changes affect the ecosystem service of natural biocontrol. With an emphasis on how altered host-parasitoid interactions affect agricultural crop yields, the economic impacts of climate-driven changes will also be determined.
The successful candidate will join the interdisciplinary group of Drs. Darren Evans and Dave Lunt (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Jonathan Atkins (Hull University Business School, HUBS) as part of the University’s Centre for Adaptive Science and Sustainability (CASS). CASS is committed to working in close partnership with the business community to develop successful and sustainable economic growth.
The post holder will establish and maintain replicated field experiments in collaboration with industrial partners to examine how climate affects the structure and functioning of aphid-parasitoid and leafminer-parasitoid interaction networks. You will develop and extend the suite of molecular tools currently deployed to accurately determine parasitism rates and identity. This will provide the highly resolved data necessary for quantitative network construction and analysis.
The successful applicant will hold a PhD in evolutionary biology, ecology or a relevant subject. A proven ability in molecular ecology, DNA barcoding, and DNA data analysis is essential. The applicant will also carry out ecological network construction and analysis; knowledge of statistical modelling (preferably using R) would be advantageous. You must have excellent scientific communication, presentation and writing skills, as well as very good critical and analytical problem solving skills.
This is a full time position for a fixed term period of 24 months. The post holder will be strongly encouraged to develop fellowship applications to extend the project and appropriate mentoring will be available.
Salary range £30,870 - £35,789 pa, pro rata.
This post requires a Criminal Records Bureau check.
You can learn more about this position and apply online at www.hull.ac.uk/jobs (vacancy ref: FS0172).
To discuss this role informally, please contact Dr. Darren Evans, T 01482 465187, E d.evans-Cu7FvJMYcQG1Qrn1Bg8BZw@public.gmane.org or Dr. Dave Lunt, T 01482 465514, E d.h.lunt-Cu7FvJMYcQG1Qrn1Bg8BZw@public.gmane.org
Closing date: 13th February 2012
For information about the department visit www.hull.ac.uk/biology
Dr. Darren M. Evans
Lecturer in Conservation Biology
T +44 (0)1482 465187
Department of Biological Sciences
Room 314A Hardy Building
University of Hull
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ECOSYSTEM SERVICES: DO WE NEED BIRDS?
3–5 April 2012 | The University of Leicester, UK
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The conference will consolidate our understanding of the ecosystem services provided by birds and showcase current research into the importance of birds in ecosystem functioning. It will also explore the cultural services that birds provide and consider how Government and non-Governmental organisations are engaging with this new approach in policy. Debating the philosophical and practical problems surrounding the ecosystem services approach will be a key feature of the conference, as well as finding new opportunities for bird conservation.