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Research Assistant: Conservation Evidence Administrator (Part-time)

We are looking for a research associate to work with Prof. William Sutherland on the Conservation Evidence project in the Conservation Science Group and start on 14 August 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the administrative tasks required for the running of the Conservation Evidence project ( The job will also involve maintaining and updating a database of literature of evidence on the effectiveness of conservation interventions and providing relevant studies to authors developing synopses, and coordinating volunteers contributing to this database.

You must be organized with excellent writing skills and a strong interest in biodiversity. The successful candidate will work closely with the Conservation Evidence team in Cambridge. The project is funded by MAVA Foundation.

Essential required skills

  • Relevant BSc, MSc or equivalent, to a good level in an appropriate subject (e.g. biological science/zoology)

  • Experience of administration work

  • Fluent at writing in English

  • Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific information for a wide audience

  • Experience of organising meetings/workshops

  • Good general understanding of experimental design

  • Experience of database management

  • Good team worker

  • Good understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem services

Duties and responsibilities

  • Compiling databases of relevant literature on the effectiveness of conservation interventions

  • Maintaining a bibliographic database of all relevant references in collaboration with synopses authors

  • Maintaining the Conservation Evidence Website

  • Recruiting and overseeing volunteers to search the scientific literature for references to add to the Conservation Evidence database.

  • Organizing logistics for workshops, meetings and conferences

  • Carry out other general administrative duties relevant to the Conservation Evidence project

Interview date: likely to be 1st August 2017

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2018 in the first instance with a likely annual extension for an additional three years subject to availability of funds.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PF12502 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Further information

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