Postdoctoral Researcher in Seabird Ecology – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 101/18
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (2 Years)
Starting from £30,357 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Ecosystems team
Cambridge, with 5 weeks fieldwork in Iceland.
Closing date:
3 February, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher in Seabird Ecology to join the Ecosystems Team. The research carried out by this team is critical to the development of conservation and ecosystem-based management strategies and contributes to the development of UK government policy.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate with a PhD, relevant fieldwork experience, advanced knowledge of statistical analysis, excellent communication skills and a strong publication record.

The successful applicant will work on Project LOMVIA, whose aim is to describe the competitive interactions between high Arctic and temperate seabird species and how this varies with environmental conditions around the coast of Iceland. Project LOMVIA a component of the high-profile NERC Changing Arctic Ocean programme, which offers exciting opportunities for the post holder to network with leading international collaborators and develop their skills and reputation. Further information about Project LOMVIA can be found here.

The post holder will be responsible for collecting and analysing telemetry data and blood samples from Icelandic seabirds, writing papers for high-impact journals and presenting talks at international conferences. They will also be expected to contribute to the dissemination of findings to policy-makers and the general public.


To describe competitive interactions between high Arctic and temperate seabird species and how this varies with environmental conditions around the coast of Iceland.


PhD in biological science or equivalent experience.


- Collect tracking data, blood and prey samples from guillemots breeding at one of three study sites in Iceland.

- Coordinate work with other project LOMVIA partners and with the wider activities of the Changing Arctic Ocean funding programme, including attending meetings and writing progress reports.

- Model data to determine guillemot habitat preference, niche partitioning, country-wide utilisation distributions and relationships between habitat availability and colony sizes.

- Publish scientific papers and present talks at conferences to disseminate results.

- Promote impact of the work by dissemination to policy and popular audiences.

- Follow BAS employment and Health and Safety policies.

- Any other tasks as required by the Director.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 101/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 3rd February 2019
Interview date: 14th February 2019
Proposed start date: April 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Applicants from outside the EU can apply for this role and BAS will be able to help in obtaining a Tier 2 visa.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Good oral presentation skills. - Desirable [1]
  • Excellent publication record in relevant field. - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • Base R language, ArcGIS, Microsoft office suite. - Essential
  • R packages crawl, ctmcmove. - Desirable [1]

Decision Making

  • Able to make decisions regarding direction of work package with guidance from manager and project steering committee. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work within a small team and communicate findings effectively to key stakeholders and general public. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Excellent statistical/modelling and programming ability. - Essential
  • Experience of GAMs, generalized functional response models, linear mixed effects models. - Desirable [1]


  • PhD in biological science or equivalent experience. - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to organise own time on a day to day basis. - Essential
  • Experience of ordering equipment and organizing travel and accommodation. - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

  • Proven experience of statistical modelling, scientific writing and extensive knowledge of seabird ecology. - Essential
  • Knowledge of Arctic seabird biology; experience of tracking seabirds and collecting blood samples in the field; experience of working on cliffs and self-belaying with ropes; experience of analysing animal tracking data and environmental datasets. - Desirable [1]

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