Research Associate: How fishes use historical hydrodynamic motion cues in search and navigation tasks (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
November 18, 2022
Offerd Salary:£34,308-£42,155
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Research Associate: How fishes use historical hydrodynamic motion cues in

search and navigation tasks (Fixed Term)

The Marine Behavioural Ecology group in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, is looking for a Research Associate (postdoc) with an interest in animal behaviour and who has strong technical abilities to work on a project entitled "How fishes use historical hydrodynamic motion cues in search and navigation tasks".

The successful candidate will join an international collaborative project which aims to assess if and how hydrodynamic motions cues encountered by fishes are used to inform their decisions to track prey, conspecifics or avoid predators. The candidate will design, construct and perform behavioural experiments with fishes and will collaborate with engineers and physicists to analyse data generated from the experiments and disseminate findings.

Candidates will hold a PhD degree (or its completion will be imminent) in a subject relevant to the project, ideally in animal behaviour or a closely related field. Applications are also welcome from candidates in other fields including engineering, physics, or computer science who are looking to apply their skills to behavioural projects. Candidates will have strong quantitative skills in both the acquisition and analysis of animal movement and behavioural data. This could involve experience of integrating high spatial and temporal visual recordings of behavioural experiments, automated tracking, pose or posture estimation, or the use of other automated methods to capture and quantify animal motion. The candidate should also be proficient in experimental design and statistics. Previous experience of conducting behavioural experiments with fishes is highly desirable. The successful candidate will be able to effectively communicate with scientists in other research fields to achieve the project's goals.

The Research Associate will be working in the Department of Zoology's Marine Behavioural Ecology Group, but will have the opportunity of working with collaborators in France (ENS Rennes) and China (Westlake University).

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Dr James Herbert- Read (

Interviews (remote or in-person) in the week commencing 28th November 2022.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available from 1 December 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter and up until 30 November 2023 with a possibility of extension until 30 November 2025 subject to project status and funding.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (

Please quote reference PF33469 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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    4 October 2022

    Closing date

    18 November 2022

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