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Animal Behaviour Lab Assistant

Posted 5 February by Royal Holloway, University of London Ended

Applications are invited for the post of Animal Behaviour Laboratory Assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join the research group of Dr. Elli Leadbeater as an Animal Behaviour Laboratory Assistant. We are interested in bee behaviour and conservation, and the main role of the successful applicant will be to support lab members with data collection in the laboratory and (in the summer months) within our parkland campus, working with live bee colonies. This will involve monitoring and weighing bumblebees in the lab, recording demographic data from colonies, marking individuals, performing behavioural assays in the lab and field, and collecting video data from our observation hives. This is an exciting opportunity to gain research experience with live animals, and contribute to exciting research projects that ultimately aim to increase our understanding of animal behaviour.

You will be responsible for day-to-day data collection (under the direction of the researchers working on the project) and for general laboratory housekeeping and record-keeping. You will also support lab members with equipment orders and animal husbandry. You will work closely with two of the Postdoctoral Researchers employed on our research grants, and will collaborate closely with other members of the research team, including postgraduate students and undergraduates. During the spring, all the work will be based in the laboratory but during the summer there will also be data collection in the field, around the Royal Holloway campus.

The successful candidate will have a BSc. in Biology or a closely related subject. Experience of handling live animals is essential, as is experience of collecting data for biological research. You should be able to demonstrate an active interest in Animal Behaviour and in Social Insect Biology. We are searching for a motivated and independent individual who is keen to gain excellent research experience by becoming a member of our lively and dynamic research group. Royal Holloway is host to a vibrant community of researchers in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, and has unique strengths in social insect research, supported by brand-new ERC funded research apiaries.

This is a full time, fixed-contract post, available for 6 months from 1st April 2018. The start date is inflexible because work must start before our field season begins in the spring. The post is based in Egham, Surrey, where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

The College cannot apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for this post. Candidates applying for this position need to have their own permission to work in the UK based on UK Visa and Immigration requirements.

Please quote the reference: 0218-044

Closing Date: Midnight, 23 February 2018

Interview Date: 2 March 2018

Required skills

  • Animal Husbandry
  • Conservation
  • Data Collection
  • Laboratory
  • Research Projects

Reference: 34394795

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