Research Fellow in Ecological Modelling - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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United Kingdom
£30,942 - £42,792
Jan 02, 2021
Feb 01, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Position Details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year

Grade 7

Full time

Fixed term contract for up to 31st March 2023 with a potential extension

Closing date: 20th December 2020

Job Purpose

To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking research into the utility of staring radar to quantify and temporalise flighted biomass across a cityscape as a research fellow on the EPRSC research project entitled MEFA: Mapping And Enabling Future Airspace.
  • Work within specified research grants and projects and contribute to writing bids
  • Operate within area of specialism (numerical ecology and modelling)
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results from the data collection
  • Contribute to generating funding and further follow-on grant activities
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of supervisors (JP Sadler and SJ Reynolds)
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • To assist in the capture of bird track data derived from staring radar tracks of bird flight at both the experimental facility of Deenethorpe (Corby, Northants) and within Birmingham
  • Creation of machine-learning or Bayesian analytical algorithms (or other) approaches to using the track data
  • Modelling of bird track data to provide information on flighted biomass over the City of Birmingham to assess the diurnal patterning of biomass, the migration routes across the cityscape, assess potential flight-to-light responses in birds at night, classify bird behaviour (of individual birds but also be aware of flocking) and likely building strikes
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars and conferences
  • Supervise students on research-related work and provide guidance to PhD/MSc/MSci students who are allied to the research project
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of project supervisors
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters*
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines*

These indicative responsibilities may also be included in a research role at grade 6.

Person Specification
  • First degree in a numerical discipline (Biology, environmental Science, Physical Geography, Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science) and normally, a PhD in numerical ecology and/or a related modelling discipline
  • High level analytical capability using machine learning, Bayesian statistics and/or movement modelling
  • High level of skills using GIS, and related techniques to display, categorise and analyse data derived from tracking techniques
  • Awareness of the possibilities of using radar datasets to classify animal movements
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort

For further information please contact Professor Jon Sadler ( ) or telephone 0121 414 5776 Dr Jim Reynolds ( ) or telephone 0121 414 3639.

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