Research Associate in Insect Decline

University of Cambridge Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an understanding of entomology, a strong interest in insect decline and advanced skills in data analysis and visualisation.

You will be an excellent communicator, with a gift for explaining complex scientific ideas concisely and a love of working with diverse groups of people. Ideally, you will have a good understanding of the role of expert elicitation in knowledge synthesis processes. The preferred start date is from 1 June 2021, but there is flexibility.

The successful candidate will join the GLobal Insect Threat-Response Synthesis (GLiTRS) project, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and led by Dr Nick Isaac at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. This project aims to bring together diverse sources of data, including expert knowledge, to assess the impact of individual threats - including agricultural intensification, climate change, pollution and invasive non-native species - on all insect groups across the world. The job is to design and conduct the rigorous, structured expert elicitation process to quantify expert knowledge on the impacts of threats on specific insect taxa. The outcomes will form a key component of the global threat-response model.

You should hold a PhD in entomology, ecology, conservation or biodiversity science, have knowledge of insect biology and preferably in-depth understanding of the science around insect decline. Demonstrable skills in data analysis and interpretation are essential, while expertise in structured expert elicitation techniques is highly desirable. You will enjoy working with a wide range of people, as part of a team.

You will join the Agroecology group in the Department of Zoology at Cambridge (, a team of 11 researchers, led by Dr Lynn Dicks. We are interested in understanding ecological processes and functions in agricultural ecosystems, and in conserving wild species that live within and around working landscapes. We work in a range of agricultural systems around the world, with a focus on addressing applied questions in partnership with industry and civil society.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2022 in the first instance, with a possibility of extension up to 3 years, subject to availability of funds.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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