Research Associate - Palaeontological Ecosystem Modeller 

Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
24 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associate - Palaeontological Ecosystem Modeller 

Job number  ACAD102836 
Division/School  School of Earth Sciences 
Contract type  Open ended contract staff 
Working pattern  Full time 
Salary  £32,548 - £36,613 
Closing date for applications  24-Sep-2017  

Applications are invited for a NERC-funded Research Associate, for 24 months, based in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. This research is part of a broader consortium of UK and Chinese researchers, who will in parallel be exploring the timing and nature of attendant abiotic events. The focus is on the Permian-Triassic mass extinction and its aftermath, with a special focus on understanding resilience of clades and ecosystems.
Research will focus on ecosystem stability before, during, and after the crisis, using propriate food web modelling techniques; this person will also consider regional geographic effects on community evolution. Applicants will have extensive experience of palaeobiology, large databases, issues of quality and bias in the fossil record, and data analysis and modelling in R. Relevant specialist skills in ecosystem modelling and network theory (PDRA2) would be an advantage.
You will join the Palaeobiology Research Group, based in Bristol Life Sciences. You will interact with other members of the Palaeobiology and Biodiversity Research group, as well as other members of the research consortium, in UK and China-based meetings and training events. The School of Earth Sciences was rated joint second in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with 98% of our research output graded as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The PRG was rated in 2017 (CWUG) as the best palaeontological research group in the world.
Informal enquiries to be emailed to Professor Michael Benton
The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities. 

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