Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Research Fellow: Social Evolution in Sweat Bees University of Exeter, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Biosciences United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Associate/ Research Fellow: Social Evolution in Sweat Bees


Job reference P66687


Date posted 01/03/2019


Application closing date 31/03/2019


Location Cornwall Salary For Postdoctoral Research Associate level, the starting salary will be from £29,515 up to £34,189 on Grade E. For Research Fellow level, the salary will be from £35,211 up to £43,267 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience Package Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Job category/type Research


Job description

College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Biosciences


This full time post is available from 1st June 2019 on a 2 year fixed term basis.


About the role


The College wishes to recruit either a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Research Fellow for a two-year post to support the work of Professor Jeremy Field (see ERC-funded post is based in the Centre for Ecology & Conservation,University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus. The successful applicant will work on a project investigating the evolution of queen-worker caste differences and social behaviour in sweat bees (Halictidae: Lasioglossum,Halictus). Further funding may be available, beyond the initial two years, depending on the needs of the project.

The post will include work carrying out field transplants, behavioural observations and experiments, together with transcriptomic work relating behaviour to gene expression (see Field et al. 2010 Current Biology 20:2028-31 for an example of our behavioural work).


About you


The successful applicant will have relevant experience in evolutionary or behavioural ecology and/or transcriptomics with non-model organisms. They will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. They will also require excellent data analysis skills; the ability to spend significant periods away from home conducting fieldwork; a full driving licence. The successful applicant must also be able to work independently or collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.


Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.


You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.


Please highlight in your application which position you wish to be considered for,


For further information please contact Professor Jeremy Field,


Interviews are provisionally expected to take place during 22-30th April 2019.


The University of Exeter


We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.


Our research income in recent years means we are the fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry,business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.




We offer some fantastic benefits including:


41 days leave per year;

Options for flexible working;

Numerous discounts at leading retailers;

Onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme;

Sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy;

Stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England.


With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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