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Research Associate: Collation of scientific evidence for the effective management of biodiversity (Fixed Term)

We have an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Professor William Sutherland on the Conservation Evidence project, based in the Conservation Science Group at Cambridge. Work will involve producing comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of interventions for the conservation of mammals. Reviews will be conducted using methods developed by the Conservation Evidence group at Cambridge (

You must have excellent writing skills and a strong interest in biodiversity. The successful candidate will work closely with the Conservation Evidence team in Cambridge, and with external synopsis authors and advisory boards. The project is funded by the MAVA Foundation.

Essential required skills

  • A PhD, or equivalent experience, in an area related to biodiversity

  • Ability to efficiently understand and extract relevant information from scientific papers

  • Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific papers, quickly and accurately , using a standardized style

  • Detailed knowledge of biodiversity, including one or more mammalian groups

  • Good general understanding of ecological statistics and experimental design

  • Fluent at writing in English

  • Demonstrable ability to complete projects to the stage of good quality reports/publications on time

  • Ability to travel to meetings in the UK

Duties and responsibilities

  • Planning development of a part of the Conservation Evidence mammal synopsis, including: forming international advisory boards, developing agreed lists of interventions and agreeing literature search methods.

  • Compiling databases of relevant references.

  • Summarising key results in plain English and producing synopses using standardized methods and formats developed by Conservation Evidence

  • Uploading resultant synopsis to the Conservation Evidence website

  • Organising expert assessment of the effectiveness of the synopsis interventions

  • Disseminating results

  • Assisting at training workshops

This is a fixed term post, with funding available for 12 months, from a grant which is renewed on an annual basis. This post is therefore initially available until 30th June 2018, with a likely annual extension for the rest of the 12 month contract.

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Please quote reference PF14149 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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