Postdoctoral Research Associate: Collation of scientific evidence for the effective management of biodiversity (Fixed Term)

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Biology, Zoology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
£32,816-£40,322 GBP

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work with Prof. William Sutherland and Dr Rebecca Smith on the Conservation Evidence project in the Conservation Science Group. Work will involve producing comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of interventions for the conservation of biodiversity. Reviews will be conducted using methods developed by the Conservation Evidence group at Cambridge (

You must have excellent writing skills and a strong interest in biodiversity. The successful candidate will work closely with the Conservation Evidence team in Cambridge, and with external synopsis authors and advisory boards. The project is funded by MAVA.

Essential required skills

  • A PhD, or equivalent experience, in an area related to biodiversity
  • Ability to efficiently understand and extract relevant information from scientific papers
  • Ability to write clear, concise summaries of scientific papers, quickly and accurately , using a standardized style
  • Detailed knowledge of biodiversity and knowledge of ecosystem services
  • Good general understanding of ecological statistics and experimental design
  • Fluent at writing in English
  • Demonstrable ability to complete projects to the stage of good quality reports/publications on time
  • Ability to travel to meetings in the UK

Duties and responsibilities

  • Planning development of Conservation Evidence synopses, including forming international advisory boards, developing agreed lists of interventions and agreeing literature search methods.
  • Compiling databases of relevant references.
  • Summarising key results in plain English and producing synopses using standardized methods and formats developed by Conservation Evidence
  • Completing the online synopses.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available from 24 February 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, for up to 9 months.

Interview date: Friday 21st February 2020.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to: Dr Rebecca Smith,

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.

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