Vacancy reference: CW/NHM/PDRAUPN
Location: South Kensington
Employment type: Externally funded
Area of business: Science
Closing date: 07/12/2015
The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s leading museums, internationally recognised for its dual role as a centre of excellence in scientific research and as a leader in the presentation of natural history through exhibitions, public programmes, publications and the web.
We are currently seeking applications for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Ancient DNA of Pleistocene faunal remains, to contribute to the Palaeolithic colonisation and cultural diversification in unfamiliar landscapes (UP-NORTH) project. The post-holder will be responsible to Professor Ian Barnes, and will work closely with Dr Rhiannon Stevens at UCL Institute of Archaeology. The post is available for 3 years.
UP-NORTH is a five-year, ERC-funded project hosted at UCL Institute of Archaeology (PI: Dr Rhiannon Stevens), with the ancient DNA component based at the Natural History Museum (Prof. Ian Barnes).
The project explores the relationship between climate change and human behaviour during the last deglaciation in Europe. During the harshest conditions of the last ice age, European human populations abandoned northern latitudes, with their range contracting to southern regions. UP-NORTH examines the recolonisation of these northern regions that occurred as the ice sheets retreated, during a period of rapid climate change and instability. As people moved eastwards and northwards increasing diversification is seen in their stone and bone tool industries perhaps indicating aspects human development and climatic influenced adaptation. The ancient DNA component of UP-NORTH aims to examine how the population dynamics of important mammalian prey species are affected by the changes in climate and environment, and human dispersal and development, over this time period.
We are seeking a suitably qualified and well-motivated candidate with demonstrable knowledge and experience of generating and analyzing ancient DNA using next generation sequencing technologies. The successful candidate will be primarily based at the Natural History Museum but will also work closely with colleagues at UCL and Oxford.
The successful candidate must be able to start on 1 May 2016 on a fixed term contract basis, ending 30 April 2019.
Salary: £28,470 per annum plus benefits
Contract: 36 months fixed term contract
Closing date: 9am on Monday 7 December 2015
BEFORE beginning your application - Please read the section below about the ‘Online Application Process’ carefully.
If you wish to be considered for this role you will need to address each of the following competences in the ‘other information’ section of your online application:
1. PhD in Molecular Evolution, Molecular Ecology or equivalent topic.
2. Experience of working with next generation sequence data, preferably with degraded specimens
3. Proven ability to manage complex scientific projects with minimal supervision
4. Ability to co-ordinate across a project team
5. Record of providing training in ancient DNA analysis at postgraduate level
6. Demonstrated ability to present work at conferences and to the public
7. Demonstrated ability to act as lead author for high quality publications
8. Familiarity with ancient DNA laboratory analytical methods, and computational data analysis methods.
9. Experience of working with relevant stakeholder groups, such as museums.
Online application process:
You are required to provide a response to ALL of the role competences listed above within the ‘Other Information’ section of the online application form (up to 140 words per competence). In order to demonstrate how you meet each competence fully, please provide specific examples from your achievements, knowledge, skills and/or experience.
IMPORTANT: The ‘Other Information’ section will ‘timeout’ after 35 minutes and any information not saved during this time will be lost. Please therefore prepare your answers on a separate document before transferring and saving them to your application.
The ‘Additional Questions’ regarding right to work in the UK and age are mandatory questions and any applications received without these answers will not be considered.
Please review your application fully before pressing ‘submit application’ as you will not be able to make any further amends after submitting, and any applications received which have not addressed ALL competences in full and/or the mandatory questions will be rejected.
Please note that CVs will not be accepted outside of the online application process or as a substitute for completion of the competences.
The attached ‘Role Specification’ provides further information on the role and how to apply.
Please also be aware that we are not able to offer a certificate of sponsorship for this role. If you do not have the right to work in the UK without a visa sponsored by NHM, then unfortunately you will not be eligible to apply for this vacancy.
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