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Research Associate – Imperial’s Silwood Park Campus in Ascot, UK with fieldwork in Thailand

Research Associate

Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Salary £33,860 – £42,830 per annum (maximum starting salary £36,580 per annum)

Silwood Park Campus

We are seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work in Dr Lauren Cator’s research group from 1 January 2016 at Imperial College London.  The position is part of a BBSRC-funded project to investigate the role of acoustics in the mating behaviour of the Yellow Fever mosquito and is being undertaken in collaboration with Dr Laura Harrington (Cornell University USA) and Dr Alongkot Ponlawat (AFRIMS, Bangkok, Thailand).

The post holder will work closely with Dr Cator and her collaborators to dissect the role of mosquito acoustic signalling in male mating success and explore environmental drivers of these signals.  You will maintain separate Aedes mosquito lines under different rearing conditions (sex ratio, density, diets, etc.), as well as assist in the set up and execution of behavioural experiments through behavioural observation of both live behaviour and video recording.  The position offers the opportunity to conduct both laboratory and field work in Thailand.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent) in the Biological Sciences with emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology or a related field.  Knowledge ofbehavioural assay design and analysis, and knowledge of statistical methods in behavioural research are essential. You must also have experience in conducting research which produces publishable results in a timely manner.  While not essential, experience of working with mosquitoes, designing behavioural experiments, building acoustic arrays, and the acquisition and analyses of acoustic data would be an advantage.

You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to write clearly and succinctly for publication.  You must also be able to relate well with others, form positive relationships with a wide range of people and to work as part of a team in a collaborative environment, as well as independently.  The ability to develop and apply new concepts and have a creative approach to problem-solving will be required.

Further details of the research group can be obtained from the research group website: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/l.cator.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position available for up to 3 years and will be based at the Silwood Park Campus.

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Closing date: 20 November 2015 (midnight GMT)

How to apply

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Should you have any queries please contact:

Mrs Christine Short – 0207 594 2276 or c.j.short@imperial.ac.uk

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