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The starting salary will be from £37,474 up to £42,155 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy
This new full time post is available immediately on a 3 year fixed term basis.
Summary of the role
A 3-year postdoc (with potential for a 2 year extension) is available to
work with Prof. David Hosken & Dr MD Sharma at the Centre for Ecology &
Conservation at Penryn (Cornwall) in the south-west of England.
We very much welcome applications from diverse backgrounds, especially those
under-represented in STEMM subjects.
We primarily use insect models (beetles and flies) to explore evolutionary
questions, with emphasis on sexual selection and sexual conflict, and we
frequently employ experimental evolution. Previous projects undertaken in the
group include the effects of ageing on sperm performance, insecticide
resistance and sexual conflict, sexual selection and cuticular hydrocarbons,
and the impacts of sexual selection on ageing.
Areas of focus for the position could include the condition dependence of male
sexually-selected characters, costs of female preference and the relationships
between various fitness measures. The precise focus will depend on the
candidate's skills and interests.
Recent examples of work from the lab include:
Okada K, et al. 2021. Natural selection increases female fitness by reversing
the exaggeration of a male sexually selected trait. Nat. Comms. 12:3420.
House CM, et al. 2021. Sexual selection on the genital lobes of male
Drosophila simulans. Evolution 75:501-514.
Hawkes MF, et al. 2019. Sexual selection drives the evolution of male wing
interference patterns. Proc. R. Soc. B 286:20182850.
Archer CR, et al. 2018. Intralocus conflict resolves the male-female, health-
survival paradox. Nat. Comms. 9:5048.
Archer CA, Stephens RM, Sharma MD & Hosken DJ. 2017. The Drosophila simulans
Y-chromosome interacts with the autosomes to influence male fitness. J. Evol.
The successful applicant will be able to deliver and help develop research
objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and
contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at
conferences and other events. Good analytical skill and some experience
preparing manuscripts is desirable.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in a related field of study. The
successful applicant will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the
discipline to facilitate development of research programmes and methodologies
and be able to deliver an agreed research programme. The successful applicant
will also be able to work collaboratively, and possibly supervise the work of
others. It would be useful but not essential for applicants to have expertise
in working with insects.
Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full
details of this role.
What we can offer you
Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to
work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting
Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching
goals and partner with our academics accordingly
An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our
academics providing specialist support for external engagement and
Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to
achieve their potential and develop their career
A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around
maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay),
Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment
A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Cornwall
The University of Exeter
We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive
universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher
Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking
Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK
Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and
we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today
through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and
our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell
Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage
proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance
the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our
students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are
transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful
part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a
few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City.
Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment
With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we
offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and
valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture
where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse
voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks
for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark),
LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability
Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we
particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented
within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for
interviews and workplaces.
Please contact Prof David Hosken email@example.com.