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Research Assistant - Global Insect Threat-Response Synthesis project


We are looking for a part-time Research Assistant in the Agroecology Group directed by Dr Lynn Dicks, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.

The role holder will co-ordinate data collection for an online survey of entomologists, gathering expert judgement on the relative impacts of specific threats to particular insect taxa. They will gain experience running an expert elicitation process at global scale. The results will inform cutting-edge Bayesian models of the current and future status of insect populations worldwide, taking into account multiple sources of evidence and likely to be reported in high impact publications. A background in data processing or communication, with knowledge of global threats to biodiversity, will be helpful.

The successful candidate will join a team based in Zoology with four postdocs and eight PhD students.

The role holder will be required to maintain contact with an international group of entomologists who have agreed to participate in an online survey, based on the Delphi technique. The survey will gather data on expert assessments of how different insect Orders respond to global threats.

The successful candidate will invite experts to join the project, set up an initial online meeting for all participants, send out the survey via email for each round of data collection, answer questions during the survey period, compile responses as they are received, and conduct initial data checks and preliminary analyses. They will interact with other members of the wider Global Insect Threat-Response Synthesis (GLiTRS) project team (https://glitrs.ceh.ac.uk/) involving the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Natural History Museum, and University College London.

Candidates will need to be highly motivated and develop a good understanding of the survey process and the scientific aims of the project. This will be critical to communicating with survey participants in a timely and effective manner. Close teamwork and a collaborative spirit will be essential. Candidates will report to a team leader based in Zoology and will be mentored by an experienced post-doc.

Interview dates: 16th or 17th February 2023.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 August 2023.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Flexible working requests would be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34956 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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