University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Graduate Research Assistant

United Kingdom

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The starting salary will be from £32,332 per annum pro rata on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

This new part-time (0.6 FTE) post is available from 03/01/2024 until 31/03/2025 on a fixed term basis.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

The post: Wildlife and Climate Data Officer

The Faculty wishes to recruit a Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of Dr Orly Razgour. This National Lottery Heritage Fund funded post is available from 3rd January 2024 to 31st March 2025. This post sits within the Connecting People and Landscapes partnership project. The Graduate Research Assistant role will involve collating data from existing species monitoring and rehabilitation schemes for analysis of responses to climate change, with findings communicated at the end of the development phase in preparation for targeted species work.

The post will include:

  • Collecting and storing data from rehabilitation centres and wildlife carers.
  • Statistical data analysis and production of maps and data outputs on small mammal species and climate.
  • Contributing to writing scientific publications.
  • Assisting in communicating the outcomes and opportunities of the project.
  • Contributing to one workshop for farmers/landowners per annum.
  • Attending regular Project Partner meetings and Steering Group meetings.
  • Contributing to other project task and groups as required throughout the life of the project.
  • This project will utilise previously untapped species data to identify areas of pressure and potential expansion that will target areas for focussed species interventions. We will work with land managers leading in the field of regenerative agriculture and wildlife care and rehabilitation providers to share and develop best practice and transfer knowledge across regional clusters to deliver habitat that will benefit people and nature, as well as train a new and more diverse generation in sustainable farming methods. The project will focus on the conservation and habitat restoration for nine threatened mammal species (seven species of bat, hedgehog, and hazel dormouse), to deliver the following:

  • Nature conservation and restoration
  • Connecting people with nature
  • Understanding how small mammals are responding to climate change
  • This is a partnership project being led by Bat Conservation Trust (BCT), project partners are: Devon Communities Together, Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT), East Devon AONB, Knepp Estate, South Devon AONB (SDAONB), People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and University of Exeter (UoE). Project staff will be hosted across the partnership, with roles based at BCT, DWT, SDAONB and UoE, and expertise provided by the other partners.

    About you

    The successful applicant 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.

    Applicants will be educated to at least first degree level or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study or equivalent experience and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to:

  • Communicate and liaise with data providers, project partners and project stakeholders.
  • Manage data.
  • Carry out statistical analysis of data in R.
  • Write scientific reports.
  • Present data to diverse audiences.
  • Have excellent organisation skills.
  • Have excellent time management skills.
  • Be able to work independently.
  • Have good problem solving skills.
  • Have a good understanding of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity.
  • Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

    What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a Fertility Treatment Policy

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

  • 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 2023 and the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities released by Shanghai Rankings).

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world- leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We are using the power of our education and research to create a sustainable, healthy and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision continually moves us forward to make a difference to our people, our communities, our partners and the world around us. Read about our world leading research on Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO City of Literature

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

    Further information

    For further information please contact Dr Orly Razgour, e-mail [email protected].

    Job details


    Graduate Research Assistant


    University of Exeter


    United Kingdom


    November 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 12, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Biology,Computer Science,Engineering,Mathematics,Medicine,Physics

    About the employer

    The University of Exeter is a public university that focuses on research. It was established in the year 1955. In 1851, it was first formed as Schools of Science and Art. In 1900, its name was then changed to the Royal Albert Memorial College which later converted into a university college of the southwest in the year 1922. And finally, it received its authorization in 1955 as the University of Exeter.

    The university is a part of the Russell Group which contains the top research-intensive universities of United Kingdom and has a total of 3 campuses. Out of all 3, Streatham is the largest campus by area as it contains most of the university's executive buildings.

    Also, it is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the nation. Moreover, the Penryn campus is associated with Falmouth University as per a combined initiative.

    The University has more than 25,263 student population who are coming from over 130 different nations. The university organizes its educational and administrative departments into 6 scholastic colleges. There are many research centres and institutes inside the campus. There are more than 200 student societies including creative writing, theatre club, Socialist Students societies, Poker Society and Conservative Future society. The university maintains an athletic union which is responsible for organizing and administrating all the sports activities fairly and actively. The union governs more than 50 sports clubs which have around 5,000 students.

    The university has a great alumni base and actively connects with more than 125,000 alumni in 183 countries across the world. The graduates have been working in different fields. From globally known business leaders and lawyers to inspiring leaders and teachers to highly praised members of the press and artists, this university has proudly touched the lives of its alumni. Some of the much-known alumni of the university are J.K. Rowling (author- famous for Harry Potter series), Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius's 6th President) and Abdullah Gül (Turkey's 11th President).

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