The Wellcome Trust has recently funded “Feed the Birds…Don’t Feed the Animals” led by Professor Naomi Sykes at The University of Exeter. “Feed the Birds…Don’t Feed the Animals” is a major research project that will investigate why people feed wild and captive animals, and also the impact that human feeding has on the health and welfare of those animals. The University of Reading is a key partner in “Feed the Birds…Don’t Feed the Animals” where the bulk of the analytical work for the project will be undertaken.
As a “Feed the Birds…Don’t Feed the Animals” Post-Doctoral Research Fellow you will develop a research programme in collaboration with project partners using isotope analyses to investigate the impacts of feeding on the development, health and welfare of zoo, wild and domestic pets, mammals and birds. You will analyse samples held in zoo and museum archives and associated historic/archaeological specimens, which may involve temporary placements with project partners. A further part of the role will be to engage in the creation and delivery of public engagement, educational and outreach activities for specialist and non-specialist audiences to promote and disseminate ‘Feed the Birds…Do Not Feed the Animals’.
The University of Reading has an excellent set of research facilities to support the post including an Archaeological Science suite and the Chemical Analytical Facility that latter includes three Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometers (IRMS), amongst others, with various peripherals and a series of dedicated preparation laboratories and support staff.
Qualified to PhD level, you will have specialised knowledge of isotope analyses on archaeological, ecological or environmental materials, as well as proven research ability and experience of analysing and running samples. You will also have an understanding of the principles of preparation of samples from a range of materials for isotope analyses and have demonstrated this in the past. You must be able to work effectively to meet deadlines, both independently and as part of a team, and possess good communication and ICT skills. A driving licence is desirable.
Informal contact details
Dr Stuart Black
Interviews will be held on 14 or 15 December 2020
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