Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Department of Biological Science

Egham, United Kingdom
£35,931 to £42,456 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Monday, 3 February 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 28 February 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Biological Science

Location: Egham
Salary: £35,931 to £42,456 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Closing Date: Friday 28 February 2020
Interview Date: To be confirmed

Full-Time, Fixed-Term (up to 11 months)

Start date is flexible but must be prior to May 2020

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant post in the Department of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London, to join the research group of Professor Elli Leadbeater.

The successful applicant will perform empirical research into the evolution of communication and information flow in honeybee colonies, using social network-based techniques. This is a full time, fixed-contract post, available for up to one year. The start date is flexible but must be before 30th April 2017, to coincide with our summer field season.

The successful candidate will join an ongoing ERC-funded research project that focuses on the evolution of the waggle dance in honeybees (Apis mellifera). In the spring and summer months, you will lead the design and implementation of field-based experiments on our parkland campus using our observation hives. Outside of the honeybee foraging season, you will be responsible for data analysis (including Network Based Diffusion Analysis, NBDA) and manuscript preparation. You will be an integral member of our research team and also be closely involved with the projects of other group members (PDRAs and PhD students). You will also work closely with our external project partner, Dr. Will Hoppitt. You can read more about our lab here:, and the website for our ERC project is here:

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Biology or Psychology (it is acceptable to be in the final phase of a PhD programme), with a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals, and proven research expertise in Animal Behaviour. A good understanding of social network analysis and a firm mathematical background are important, although support with model implementation will also be available within the research group. The post holder is expected to be highly competent with R. Most importantly, we are seeking a team-orientated individual who has the drive to rapidly learn the techniques needed for one of the most important axes of our ERC-funded project, the commitment to develop the project to its full potential, and the enthusiasm to contribute to our wider projects within the lab as well.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

Our department has particular strengths in social insect research, and our research group provides a supportive, lively and stimulating environment for Early Career Researchers. Our EU-funded apiary facilities include indoor and outdoor apiaries, a bumblebee cognition laboratory and dedicated bee rearing room. We also have the support of a contracted beekeeper.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Elli Leadbeater for more details regarding the project prior to application: 

Closing Date: Midnight, 28 February 2020
Interview Date: TBC

We particularly welcome female applicants as they are under-represented at this level in the Department of Biological Sciences within Royal Holloway, University of London.