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Research Fellow in the Evolution of Senescence

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in studying evolutionary biology in natural populations? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

We are seeking an ambitious scientist to join a dynamic research group that focuses on ageing in natural populations. As individuals reach older ages their bodies deteriorate - a process known as senescence. It is clear that individuals differ greatly in the age at which they start to senesce and how quickly they then deteriorate; however, why individuals senesce so differently remains unresolved. The research group takes a comprehensive and integrative approach to investigate why individual variaton in senescence evolved and is maintained. We apply genomic and statistical techniques to investigate senescence using our long-term datasets from natural populations of European badgers, Seychelles warblers and acorn woodpeckers.

The position is to provide support for an academic taking maternity leave. You will join a strong and active research team that is part of a growing initiative entitled Leeds Omics. You will conduct original research using our long-term data, with opportunities for both field and laboratory (microsatellite genotyping; training will be provided) work. You will help supervise the research group and make some minor undergraduate and postgraduate teaching contributions.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in evolutionary biology or a closely allied discipline combined with excellent working knowledge of evolutionary theory and experience in extracting and analysing data from long-term study systems.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences gained a Bronze award in 2014 and submitted an application for a Silver award in April 2017. We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Hannah Dugdale, Associate Professor

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5598, email:


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (up to 1 year - maternity cover)
Closing Date:  Thursday 05 October 2017
Reference:  FBSBY1077
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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