Job Opportunity: Research Assistant on Baboon Behaviour

This short-term (6 month) Research Assistant job on baboon behaviour will work in the research groups of Dr Andrew King and Dr Ines Fürtbauer in Swansea University’s Department of Biosciences and with Prof. Justin O’Riain at The Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa at the University of Cape Town. Tasks include biologging collar build and fieldwork in South Africa. Closing date 19 November, 2019 for a January start. 

Date published: 2019/11/06

Job Number: AC03856

Advertising Department: Science

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date: 19-11-2019

Salary: £22,417 per annum
Hours: 35 hours per week
Contract: This is a fixed term contract for 6 months
Location: This position will be based at Singleton Campus

Swansea University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation.

The college has an under-representation of women in the areas of research, so would particularly encourage applications from these backgrounds. Appointments will always be made on merit.

Main Purpose of the Post

Working  in the research groups of Dr Andrew King and Dr Ines Fürtbauer in Swansea University’s Department of Biosciences and with Prof. Justin O’Riain at The Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa at the University of Cape Town you will create new knowledge and drive environmentally sound and socially responsible solutions to human-baboon conflict in South Africa. You will spend time at Swansea University and undertake fieldwork studying wild chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) in South Africa.

Main Duties

  1. Construction and testing of baboon tracking collars containing a multi-channel bio-logger, and GPS data-logger according to in-house protocols
  2. Performing administrative tasks related to project activities
  3. Planning and undertaking of fieldwork in South Africa
  4. Organisation and training of less experienced members of the project team during fieldwork
  5. Analyses of bio-logging and GPS data
  6. Assisting on-going endocrinology laboratory analyses
  7. Preparation of technical reports and presentations
  8. Maintaining and enhancing links with project partners
  9. Be self-motivated, apply and use initiative, tackle challenges and seek guidance

Observe best-practice protocols in maintenance and retention of research records as indicated by HEI and Research Councils records management guidance.

Person Specification

Essential criteria:

  1. Post-graduate degree qualification or equivalent in biological or environmental sciences
  2. Practical knowledge of bio-logger and GPS technologies and data
  3. Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  4. Research creativity and strong collaborative ability
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills especially team working
  6. Self-motivated with good problem solving skills
  7. Ability to deliver tasks in a timely and efficient manner
  8. Experience in undertaking independent work/research
  9. A satisfactory DBS certificate must be provided before a start date is confirmed

Desirable Criteria:

  • PhD qualification in biological or environmental sciences
  • An up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions in human-wildlife conflict
  • Working knowledge of and dealing with large datasets
  • Background/interest in animal physiology and behaviour
  • Laboratory experience
  • Fieldwork experience

Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

Informal enquiries:
Dr Andrew King [email protected] 
Dr Ines Fürtbauer [email protected] 

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