University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research Fellow in Avian Influenza Ecology

Research Fellow in Avian Influenza Ecology

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in avian ecology and ecological modelling? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

We are seeking a talented field ecologist and ecological modeller with good knowledge of ornithology and excellent interpersonal and communication skills to join our team in evaluating the role of wild birds in the epizootiology of avian influenza in poultry. This will require coordination of sample collection by hunters from birds that they have shot around Great Britain in order to evaluate whether different strains of avian influenza virus can tracked over space and time. There will also be periodic surveys to measure bird community structure and bird behaviour across East Yorkshire. You will use the survey data to construct preliminary ecological network models of wild birds.

For this role, you should have a PhD (or close to completion) in ecology or a closely allied discipline. You should also have experience in ornithological survey and identification, and ecological modelling.

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 7 Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum Due to funding limitations, it is unlikely an appointment will be made above £39,347. Working Time: 37.5 Post Type: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 14 months (external funding)) Release Date: Friday 17 November 2023 Closing Date: Friday 08 December 2023 Reference: FBSBY1183 Downloads: Candidate Brief

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    Research Fellow in Avian Influenza Ecology


    University of Leeds


    United Kingdom


    November 18, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 08, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Biology

    About the employer

    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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