The Deer Initiative

Job Vacancy - Research Officer: Ecological Modelling (KTP Associate)


Published date: 16/06/2017

Reference:  FS0309
Campus: External Organisation Site
Faculty/Area: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Department: School of Environmental Sciences
Salary: £30,175 per annum
Fixed Term | 26 months
Post Type: Full Time

Closing Date: Friday 23 June 2017

It is increasingly recognised that the environmental impacts of deer need managing at the landscape scale. The Deer Initiative works with stakeholders to ensure the delivery of sustainable deer populations throughout the country. An opportunity has arisen to deliver a collaborative research project between the University of Hull, Newcastle University and The Deer Initiative within a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

The aim of the project is to develop a decision support tool using ‘big data’ on deer population size and structure and their environmental impacts, to aid collaborative decision making about deer management. The Research Officer will embed the tool within an adaptive management package suitable for use by non-specialists. The project demands highly-developed, postgraduate/postdoctoral-level numeracy skills and logical thinking, and the ability to communicate complicated issues in simple, accessible ways.

The project will be based at The Deer Initiative’s headquarters near Wrexham with time also spent in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Hull and the School of Biology at Newcastle University.

The Research Officer will hold the status of KTP Associate. This is a career development post to enable graduates/postgraduates to benefit from an opportunity to manage a challenging project central to a business’s strategic development and long term growth. Through the KTP project, the KTP Associate will play a key role in managing and implementing tactical or strategic development in the business and transferring knowledge between the business and the knowledge base (University of Hull). KTP Associates own their project and are supported by experienced staff from the business and the knowledge base.

The KTP Associate will receive close supervision and direction from more senior colleagues and will receive academic, pastoral support and guidance including specific training, career counselling and mentoring. Training is central to Associate development; 47 training days and an associated budget will be available during this project, with 8 days spent on residential modules away from the Company and Knowledge Base.

The main focus of the work will involve the collation and analysis of data using standard or novel methods. The role holder will lead analysis and interpretation of results and the drafting of research reports and publications.

The terms of the grant that funds this position require that employment commences no later than 04 September 2017

To discuss this role informally, please contact Dr Alastair Ward


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