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Part-time Field Technician - Coral Reef Ecologist

Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary:   £22,017 to £25,482 pro rata
Closing Date:   Sunday 30 June 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  N1922

An exciting opportunity exists for a coral reef ecologist to contribute to a NERC funded project: Behaviourally-mediated shifts in reef fish communities following severe disturbance.

This is a fixed term appointment for 2 years, 7.5 hours per week

We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic ecologist to contribute to a project investigating how mass coral bleaching affects butterflyfish (Chaetodon spp.) behaviour and subsequently scales up to impact ecological communitiesThe Technician will be responsible for fieldwork organisation, logistics, data collection and quality control of primary data. Hours worked will be uneven throughout the year with approximately 6 weeks per year on fieldwork, and 4 weeks spread throughout each year on other tasks.

Data will be collected at established sites in Japan, the Philippines and Christmas Island (Indian Ocean). Field work will involve two trips to each of three locations (i.e., six in total) over the course of the project to Iriomote, Japan; Anilao, the Philippines; Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Each trip will last approximately two weeks. All sites experienced coral bleaching in 2016, and in both Japan and Christmas Island this event was followed by mass coral mortality. Butterflyfish behavioural, abundance and composition data were collected at all of these sites both before and after this event, providing a unique dataset that will be further expanded with an additional two field trips to each site during this project (years 1 & 2). Results will inform wider understanding of how ecological communities respond to large-scale disturbance events.

Lancaster University is a research-intensive university, ranked in the top 10 of UK universities. In 2018, it was named University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. The Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) is a large and multidisciplinary department, tackling environmental challenges across the natural and social sciences. The LEC REEFS research group is a vibrant, friendly and growing team of >16 people seeking to understand coral reefs from both natural and social science perspectives ( There will also be opportunity to be involved in the recently launched Centre of Excellence for Environmental Data Science. 

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher Education and research.  We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Preferred candidates will have a background in coral reef ecology with excellent fieldwork and organisational skills, and SCUBA qualification of PADI Divemaster (or equivalent) or above. A proactive and enthusiastic approach and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are 

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