Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail NERC - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford
Reference Number IRC246145
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £28200 - £31500
Date Posted 31 July 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 August 2018
Interview Date 18 September 2018

Brief Description

Salary: £28,200-£31,500 (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: 6
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st August 2018
Interview Date: 18th September 2018

About the role

We offer a prestigious Research Associate training programme for a social scientist to gain inter-disciplinary research skills in plant, animal and human health, conservation and science-policy interfaces with a view to developing as a research leader that can respond to global societal challenges, aligned to NERC and UKRI strategy. The 3-year structured training programme will provide practical experience of working within our active research projects whilst acquiring specialist and wider skills valuable for your future career. The Research Associate will deliver specific, measurable objectives intended to develop their skills as a researcher and to demonstrate their suitability for a research career.

Description of work area

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual to work as a Social Scientist in the Population Ecology Group at CEH Wallingford. 

The individual will join projects in the UK, Europe and India that investigate the human dimensions of conservation and human health including conservation conflicts, understanding and improving the science-policy interface around nature conservation and zoonotic diseases, including One Health multi-sectoral approaches and the interaction between conservation, human and animal health.  Ecosystems are under pressure worldwide and there is a need to develop more integrated plans to understand and increase their value to society in a sustainable way. This requires that we minimise conflict between economic and cultural sectors of society, which may arise because of trade-offs between users’ needs. These goals will be achieved by working closely with key stakeholders to alleviate conflicts and work towards sustainable use of biodiversity and interventions for Public and Animal Health. 

The principal tasks will be to a) organise and analyse ethnographic interviews and workshops of stakeholder groups to understand values, places, practices, identities and experiences; b) disseminate the findings in a variety of media (e.g. oral presentations, refereed publications, popular articles, social media).

Links to current projects are:  

Main Duties

  • undertaking of ethnographic interviews of stakeholder groups and individuals to understand values, places, practices, identities and experiences and how these may be affected by projected changes
  • development of questionnaires and apps to understand current and future uptake of disease modelling and the social processes that determine exposure and disease impact
  • transcription and analysis using thematic coding approaches
  • organisation of stakeholder workshops in the EU and India
  • communication of science to peers and other stakeholders using appropriate techniques (e.g. posters, oral presentations, reports, refereed publications, workshops, popular science articles).

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 and qualifications required

  • PhD in social science
  • excellent oral communication skills
  • strong writing skills
  • proven skills in interviewing informants, particularly about policy, conservation or public health
  • proven track record in organising stakeholder workshops, preferably in an international context
  • skills in questionnaire design for research, particularly in policy-interfaces, conservation or public health
  • skills in qualitative data analysis applied to research, particularly in policy-interfaces, conservation or public health
  • knowledge of relevant software (e.g. NVivo)
  • ability to work with spatial datasets
  • experience of working in other European or Lower Middle Income Countries
  • excellent organisational skills
  • capacity to work without significant supervision
  • ability to deliver to tight deadlines
  • ability to work flexibly as part of a team
  • proven track record in delivering oral and written outputs.

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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