University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Assistant in Biogeographical Modelling

Research Assistant in Biogeographical Modelling

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge? Do you have a background in biogeographical data analysis? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research intensive Universities?

We are seeking a talented ecological data analyst to quantify wild deer populations at landscape and national scales using extensive drone surveillance data. In collaboration with Forest Services, the British Deer Society and BH Wildlife Consultancy, we will collate and interrogate existing data on the distribution and abundance of up to six species of deer living wild in England. We will map regional and national abundance patterns in support of deer and woodland management policy (e.g. the England Deer Strategy), charitable objectives and to enable the correction of drone counts into population size estimates.

For this role, you should have a first degree/Masters in ecology or a closely allied discipline. You should also have experience in the analysis and interpretation of landscape-scale data on wildlife populations, including the incorporation of remotely sensed data into statistical models.

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 6 Salary: £30,487 to £36,024 per annum Working Time: 100% - this role will be based on the University campus, with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements. Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 5 months due to external funding) Release Date: Tuesday 14 November 2023 Closing Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023 Reference: FBSBY1180 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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Research Assistant in Biogeographical Modelling


University of Leeds


United Kingdom


November 15, 2023

Application deadline

November 28, 2023

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The University of Leeds is a public research university in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It was established in 1874 as the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1884 it merged with the Leeds School of Medicine (established 1831) and was renamed Yorkshire College. It became part of the federal Victoria University in 1887, joining Owens College (which became the University of Manchester) and University College Liverpool (which became the University of Liverpool). In 1904 a royal charter was granted to the University of Leeds by King Edward VII.

The university has 36,330 students, the 5th largest university in the UK (out of 169). From 2006 to present, the university has consistently been ranked within the top 5 (alongside the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh) in the United Kingdom for the number of applications received. Leeds had an income of £789.6 million in 2019/20, of which £139.9 million was from research grants and contracts. The university has financial endowments of £82.1 million (2019–20), ranking outside the top ten British universities by financial endowment.

Notable alumni include current Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer, former Secretary of State Jack Straw, former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi, Piers Sellers (NASA astronaut) and six Nobel laureates.

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