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Daphne Jackson Fellowship Opportunity, University of Roehampton, UK

Applications are invited for a three year Daphne Jackson Fellowship that will be hosted by the University of Roehampton. The fellowship is intended for individuals returning to research in the broad disciplines of Zoology and Ecology, and they will join the Centre for Research in Ecology (CRE) within the Department of Life Sciences.

The University is committed to the principles of Athena SWAN and the promotion of equality and diversity. Applications from women and minority groups are encouraged.

The University of Roehampton will host and half sponsor this three year fellowship. The remaining funding will be secured by the Daphne Jackson Trust from an additional sponsor.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships

The Daphne Jackson Trust is dedicated to returning scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians to their careers following a break taken for family, caring or health reasons.

Daphne Jackson Fellowships are unique – They offer STEM professionals wishing to return to a research career after a break of two or more years, the opportunity to balance an individually tailored retraining programme with a challenging research project in a suitably supportive environment.

The Fellowships consist of a challenging research project and at least 100 hours retraining per year. The unparalleled support offered by the Trust’s Fellowship Advisors and administrative staff, coupled with mentoring and retraining provided during the Fellowship, give returners the confidence and skills they need to successfully return to research.

For further details about the Trust and our fellowship scheme, please visit

For further information before submitting an application please contact the Trust office on 01483 689166 or via email.

For further information specifically about this sponsored fellowship opportunity at the University of Roehampton, please contact Dr Lewis Halsey in the Department of Life Sciences tel: 020 8392 8120.

To be considered for this opportunity, please complete the CV and personal details information forms that can be found on the Daphne Jackson Trust website: Submitting your personal statement and CV Please email your submission to the Daphne Jackson Trust office at stating clearly that you are interested in the University of Roehampton Sponsored Fellowship opportunity.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 30th April 2017

Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), Scottish Natural Heritage, Scotland, UK

Scottish Natural Heritage is the leading public body responsible for advising Ministers on matters relating to the natural heritage. The natural environment is a key asset that underpins Scotland’s wealth, health and quality of life. Our job is to conserve this resource, to promote its sustainable management and to encourage people to access and enjoy it responsibly.

Sound research and informed scientific advice form an essential basis for many of the practical and policy decisions that the SNH Board is required to make in the course of its deliberations. As part of SNH’s SAC you will provide scientific advice and technical expertise to the SNH Board and staff – helping to reinforce SNH’s credibility. You will demonstrate scientific leadership and/or expertise at a strategic level. Applications are in particularly welcomed from people with a background in several Scottish habitats and faunal groups, and a diversity of research interests relevant to SNH’s remit, in particular:

Freshwater ecology, marine renewables, mammal ecology, climate change, health and the environment, animal welfare, social sciences, economics and/or genetics.

For more information regarding the post please visit:

For an application form please contact: Nikki Clark, telephone 01463 725182

Closing date for applications: midnight on 16th March 2017

Term of appointment: until 1 August 2020

10 days per annum; remuneration of £249.74 per day.

Research Assistant position on elephant tusk size, University of Cambridge, UK

The University of Cambridge are currently advertising for a Research Assistant to work with Dr. Hannah Mumby on male elephant data, including tusk size, demographic variables and social data. Further details at

The post holder will analyse a large database photographs of elephants in order to assess tusk size and potentially develop a classification of tusk size. They will be expected to write a thorough report on the findings and make recommendations for the further collection of data on tusk size. The post holder will also analyse demographic (mortality, fertility, population structure) data and social data obtained from field observations of elephants as data are made available from the field. All analyses will be conducted in R. Data cleaning, preparation and manipulation will be required. The post is primarily desk-based in Cambridge, although a short visit to the field site in South Africa may be possible.

The project is part of a collaboration between Dr. Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology and the South Africa-based non-profit organisation Elephants Alive. The successful candidate will be a graduate with a good understanding of behavioural ecology, life history and demography.

Skills in photogrammetric techniques, data management and formatting in R and demographic analysis required as well as the ability to work on aspects of the project from planning fieldwork to synthesising and summarising information for grant applications, reports and publications.

Closing date: 10 March 2017
Interviews: March/April 2017, to be confirmed after the closing date
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months, with the possibility to extend for a further 6 months conditional on the allocation of funding.

Apply here.

PhD position in crop system research, agricultural ecology or plant ecology, University of Münster, Germany

The PhD position is available from 2 May 2017, and is a fixed-term position for a period of three years. The research will be conducted as part of the new EU-funded project (Horizon 2020) “DIVERSify – Designing Innovative plant teams for Ecosystem Resilience and agricultural Sustainability”. The core aim of the project is to study alternatives to monocultures in European farming systems and to test options to create mixtures of different crop- and non-crop species.

The successful applicant will perform experimental work in agricultural fields to understand mechanisms promoting positive plant-plant and plant-environment interactions. Measurements will include yield and its components, plant, vegetation and soil parameters, and multitrophic interactions in crop fields. In addition, the successful applicant will perform research on improving plant teams and testing novel combinations of crops.

To apply, see the detailed posting here.