Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford
Reference Number IRC246118
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £28200
Date Posted 27 July 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 August 2018
Interview Date 13 September 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £28,200
Grade: 6
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27st August 2018
Interview Date: 13th September 2018

We are seeking an enthusiastic and innovative scientist to join a research team that uses national spatial datasets to develop quantitative and mechanistic approaches to understand and model the impacts of environmental change on biodiversity, ecosystems and the services they provide. You will work on existing projects and develop your own areas of research in collaboration with a broad range of scientists within CEH and externally.

You will join the Biodiversity Modelling and Analysis group within the CEH Biodiversity Science Area. The group comprises ten full time staff and affiliated PhD students. Research within the group addresses questions about biodiversity change at national (GB and UK) scales, using data from large-scale surveys and opportunistic records gathered by citizen science. There is a strong emphasis on developing statistical and methodological tools, as well as on teamwork.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • to conduct statistical analysis of large scale biodiversity data to address questions about environmental change
  • to write the results for publication in the peer reviewed literature and for reports to funding agencies
  • to present findings at scientific meetings
  • to represent the team at meetings with stakeholders.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

Skills required upon appointment

  • you will come from an ecological background working on environmental change issues, but must be able to demonstrate strong quantitative and modelling skills
  • you will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field
  • the ability to construct and undertake complex statistical analyses in R
  • experience in manipulating and analysing spatial datasets
  • very good written and oral communication skills, evidenced by publications and talks to scientific audiences
  • good team working skills, flexible research approach and the ability to develop effective internal and external collaborations within the scientific area
  • good organisational and time management skills, with an ability to work independently and to deadlines.

In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

Further information regarding working for CEH can be found on our website.

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