Research Fellow - JC4985
School of Biology, Sea Mammal Research Unit £29,853 - £35,646 pa Start: August 2010 Fixed Term 24 months
The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) is looking to recruit a Research Fellow to work on modelling the spatial distribution and habitat preferences of UK seals.
Previous modelling work has successfully developed the methodology for combining diverse spatial and population data into maps of population distribution. A large amount of new and considerably more precise data have since been collected. During the first part of the project, you will undertake to improve and re-run the entire analysis of the combined data set at a higher spatial resolution, hence providing up-to-date maps of the distribution of Scottish seals (common and grey). This work will aim to a) improve the accuracy of the estimates and b) increase the estimates' spatial extent to regions with limited telemetry data. Analyses will be conducted using the open source software R.
In the project's second phase, the necessary protocols for updating the maps with new data will be used to organise the computer code into a user-friendly R library, making future predictions more readily accessible to both industry and regulators. An essential part of the job is to generate, validate and document this library, to a level that would make it usable by scientific staff in SMRU.
You should have PhD-level training in one (or more) of the following: ecology, statistics or computer science, or a Masters-level qualification in one of these areas complemented by lengthy professional experience (e.g. in environmental consultancy).
Informal enquiries to Dr Jason Matthiopoulos (email@example.com).
Ref No: JC4985
Closing Date: 5 July 2010
Further Particulars JC4985 FPs
School of Biology, Sea Mammal Research Unit
£29,853 - £35,646 pa
Start: August 2010
Fixed Term 24 months