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Research Associate – Field Survey Manager (3 Years Fixed Term Appointment) based in Bangor

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Support, PR, Grants and IT
Location   Wales (North)
Town/City   Bangor
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   05/07/2019
Company Name   Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) delivers world-class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind by partnering with governments, industry and society to pursue and apply cutting edge environmental observation and analysis. CEH is the UK's longstanding Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.

Operating from four UK locations, CEH employs 360 scientists and has a £40m annual budget. A growing proportion of this budget and staff time is directed overseas and CEH aims to continue this work as an independent, not-for-profit research institute (Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable status) later in 2019.

The CEH Research Associates’ programme provides individuals the opportunity to gain practical experience of working within a Research Institute, whilst acquiring - through a structured 3 year programme -specialist and wider skills that will be valuable in a range of careers. 

About the role 

This is an exciting opportunity for an Environmental Scientist interested in organising and conducting large-scale environmental surveys and monitoring.

Your work will contribute to important long-term, large-scale environmental monitoring projects as part of our multidisciplinary team based on the coastline of North Wales in the foothills of the Snowdonia national park. You will work with researchers from across all four CEH sites across the UK - and our wider partnership of 20 organisations - investigating and monitoring the state and change of plants, fauna, soil, water, air, landscape and cultural features both in the UK and internationally. You will ensure our modelling team have access to the data to help with their work exploring possible future change due to a wide range of environmental, social and economic drivers.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

  • Work with, manage and lead other field workers, coordinate the logistics of large-scale monitoring projects, including liaising with laboratories and stakeholders
  • Contribute to national-scale monitoring and survey campaigns for soil, vegetation and fauna, collecting data that will underpin CEH environmental models
  • Ensure high data quality through consistent, excellent, field practice, data processing and quality control arranging data to be deposited into an appropriate data centre for secure, long-term storage.
  • Collect soil, plant, water and other sample types as needed.
  • Contribute to the analysis and interpretation of ecological data in an innovative way leading to new understanding for incorporation into our regional and national-scale models.
  • Contribute to publishing research in scientific journals, research proposals and present research at meetings and conferences

About you

  • You will have a PhD degree or equivalent proven skills and knowledge gained over at least 3 years working  in an environmental science discipline, and you will be able to demonstrate strong quantitative and environmental science skills.
  • You will have a track record in ecology, soils or landscape science and a good understanding of a range of skills needed to undertake the following: identifying flora and fauna, taking soil samples, employing survey statistical design and communicating with stakeholders and land owners.
  • You will have strong organizational skills and be able to work in a methodical way with good attention to detail. 
  • You will hold excellent organisation skills to manage small teams of surveyors or similar roles.
  • You will enjoy independent or team working outside, often in rugged terrain.
  • You will have excellent oral and written communication skills, able to communicate clearly and efficiently with a wide range of landowners, surveyors and stakeholders with different backgrounds and scientific expertise.
  • You must have an interest in the collection and analysis of data, and understand the importance of data quality.
  • You will hold proven skills and knowledge of soil sampling, botanical skills and other environmental monitoring techniques
  • You will have a full (valid) driving license and be willing to learn off road driving. You will be expected to travel frequently to field sites. You will be a team player with the ability to work independently in the field.
  • You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to promote and adhere to CEH values of Excellence, Integrity and Team work. Information on CEH’s values is available here.

Skills and knowledge to be gained 

At the end of the 3-year training programme, you will gain in depth skills in the coordination of large scale monitoring projects, the ability to manage field teams and to engage with stakeholders efficiently and effectively.

You will also gain skills and knowledge in the scientific principles of monitoring, field recording software and technologies and biological recording. 

You will enhance your skills in communicating your science.

The initial appointment for Research Associates will normally be for a three-year term, however they are able to apply internally for permanent vacancies at any time.  Subject to the Research Associate's performance and long term skills needs within their Science Area, appointments may be reviewed and considered for open ended positions.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click here. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Interviews will be held on the 30/07/2019

Closing Date: 

5 July 2019


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