Research Fellow in Avian Influenza Ecology

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7219867 (Ref:FBSBY1188)

Posted: February 22, 2024

Job Description

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in avian ecology and ecological modelling? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

We are seeking a talented field ecologist and ecological modeller with good knowledge of ornithology and excellent interpersonal and communication skills to join our team in evaluating the role of wild birds in the epizootiology of avian influenza in poultry. This will require coordination of sample collection by hunters from birds that they have shot around Great Britain in order to evaluate whether different strains of avian influenza virus can tracked over space and time. There will also be periodic surveys to measure bird community structure and bird behaviour across East Yorkshire. You will use the survey data to construct preliminary ecological network models of wild birds.

For this role, you should have a PhD (or close to completion) in ecology or a closely allied discipline. You should also have experience in ornithological survey and identification, and ecological modelling.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was awarded a Silver award in 2020.  We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Alastair Ward, Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management

Email: [email protected] 


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £37,099 to £44,263 per annum
Due to funding limitations, it is unlikely an appointment will be made above £39,347.
Working Time:  100% - we are open to discussing flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 30 April 2025 due to external funding)
Release Date:  Wednesday 21 February 2024
Closing Date:  Wednesday 06 March 2024
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  FBSBY1188


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