Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter

United Kingdom

October 12, 2022


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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).

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job description

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. Biol. 30:1821-1825.

About you

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 research;
  • 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 development
  • 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 Policy

  • 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 2022).

    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.

    Further information

    Please contact Prof David Hosken

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