Research Technician
University of Exeter
Exeter, GB
2d ago

Technical Services

This European Research Council (ERC) and National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) funded, part time (0.65FTE) post is available from 01 November 2020 on a fixed term basis until 30 June 2024 in the first instance to support the work of Professor Lauren Brent.

The post

You will contribute to the execution of two research projects : the ERC-funded FriendOrigins project on the evolution of social bonds and the NIMH-funded project on the Neurogenomics of Vulnerability and Resilience to Mental Health Syndromes in Response to Extreme Life Events.

Funding is from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 864461) and from the National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH118203-01A1).

The aims of this post are to support research testing the social and ecological forces that shape variation in social bonds across species, and examining social resilience to major climatic events.

The post will include building and managing two databases to store previously collected primate behavioural data, one including data from multiple macaque species, the other including data from Prof.

Brent’s long-term rhesus macaque field site, coordinating international field-work undertaken by other members of the research team, helping to organise an international workshop of behavioural ecologists, creation of a website for the FriendOrigins project, and supporting empirical research led by the PI, postdocs and graduate student members of the research team.

The successful applicant will be able to work in an active and dynamic research group, have strong communication skills, and be able to prepare progress reports for funders.

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This role may be subject to additional background screening.

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About you

You will be able to :

  • present information on your progress, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically
  • efficiently organise your time
  • prepare reports for external bodies
  • demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes
  • demonstrate experience or willingness to learn to create, manage and maintain databases, with research logistics, such as ethics permits, and with website design, and academic event planning
  • work collaboratively, but to manage your own day-to-day tasks with a reasonable degree of independence from other members of the team
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    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).

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    Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this.

    98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

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    Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.


    We offer some fantastic benefits including :

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
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