Postdoctoral Research Associate in Evolutionary Ecology

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

September 27, 2022

Description

Job Identification

5112

Job Category

Academic

Locations

  • Ashworth Laboratories, Edinburgh, EH9 3FL, GB
  • Posting Date

    09/13/2022, 06:36 PM

    Apply Before

    09/27/2022, 11:00 PM

    Job Schedule

    Full time

    Health and Safety Requirements

    No key hazards identified for this post

    Criminal Record Check

    No criminal record check required

    Contract Type

    Fixed Term

    Job Description

    Grade UE07: £35,333– £42,155

    College of Science and Engineering

    School of Biological Sciences

    Institute of Ecology and Evolution

    Fixed-term contract: 01/11/2022 – 31/07/2024 (start date flexible)

    Full time: 35 hours per week

    The Opportunity:

    A postdoctoral research position is available in the lab of Dr Hannah Froy at the University of Edinburgh. We are looking for a researcher interested in life-history evolution for a role combining both lab work and data analysis components.

    The project will focus on mechanisms of life-history plasticity in a wild mammal population. In particular, we will explore the role of the Insulin-/Insulin-like Signalling (IIS) pathway in mediating the life-history response to variation in environmental conditions. The project will use archived blood samples collected as part of a long-term field study of wild Soay sheep on St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides. The successful candidate will be responsible for assaying thousands of samples for circulating levels of the hormone Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1). These data will be combined with extensive morphological, physiological, genetic and life-history data to investigate the causes and consequences of variation in IGF-1 in a natural population.

    The post-holder will be expected to work with a high degree of independence in day-to-day work, and encouraged to contribute their own ideas to the project direction. Funding is available to support career development and conference attendance. The research group is based at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh. IEE has a world-leading research environment with multiple groups working on evolutionary ecology, life-history evolution and quantitative genetics.

    Informal enquiries about the position may be directed to hannah.froy@ed.ac.uk.

    Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD in evolutionary ecology or related field with an interest in life- history evolution
  • Strong skills in experimental design and advanced data handling
  • Experience in both the wet lab and in statistical analyses of complex datasets
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative team
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    As a valued member of our team you can expect:

    An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

    The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

    If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages

    The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office's English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

    About Us

    As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow's greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

    About the Team

    The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is one of the largest and highest-ranked science and engineering groupings in the UK. Headed by Professor David Robertson, CSE comprises seven Schools (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy) as well as a national supercomputing centre (the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre) and the Bayes Centre for interdisciplinary data science and innovation. We extend beyond the University through many joint activities - for example we host the cross-Scotland DataLab innovation Centre, we are a founding partner in the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, and we are a partner in UK-wide collaborations including the Alan Turing Institute and the Rosalind Franklin Institute. Most Schools are located 2 miles south of the city centre at the King's Buildings whilst Informatics, EPCC and Bayes are located in the University's Central Area near George Square. The College has over 3,000 academic and support staff, and educates some 6,000 undergraduates, over 1000 taught postgraduates and more than 2,000 research students. It is in the front rank of UK university science and engineering groupings for research quality and income, and is a key player in many European and international research consortia.

    In the 2014 REF over 95% of our staff were submitted. Of our seven submissions, four of which were as a joint research school in combination with a strategic research university partner through pooling, 3 were ranked top in the UK and all 7 were in the top 5 in their discipline in the Times Higher Power rankings.

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    Established in 1582, the University of Edinburgh is known to be the sixth oldest university in Scotland. It is an open institution. Earlier, it was known as the Tounis College and later on, it was named as the University of...