Research Assistant
Swansea University
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
2d ago

Main Purpose of the Post

This post provides an opportunity to investigate the biomechanical costs of bird flight, specifically addressing the ability to determine these costs using onboard tagging technology.

There will also be scope for the researcher to develop their own lines of enquiry, examining how flight costs are modulated by external factors.

The post-holder will have access to birds trained to fly in a new wind tunnel facility in Swansea University, high-frequency multi-sensor dataloggers (designed in house) and motion capture techniques.

There will also be opportunities to get involved with the development of novel methodologies being trialled within the project.

The post-holder will work within the wider, ERC-funded FLIGHT project, and collaborate closely with Prof. Anders Hedenström (Lund University, Sweden).

For full details, please see the attached job description.

Essential criteria :

  • A PhD in animal flight, biomechanics, aerodynamics (including aeronautical engineering) or a related subject.
  • Evidence of the ability to lead, as well as collaborate on, the writing and publishing of research papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in the processing and analysis of large (ideally multi-sensor) datasets.
  • Excellent statistical and coding skills.
  • Experience of, or an interest in, working as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Evidence of planning skills to lead research projects and conduct research in line with the objectives of the project.
  • A commitment to continuous professional development.
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