Applications are invited for the above 3 year fixed-term, full-time post working in the School of Biological Sciences.

We are seeking a dynamic researcher to fulfil a leading role on a BBSRC funded project that will investigate the role of magnetic and celestial cues in the navigational map of migrating songbirds, building on the recent discovery that birds use declination (the difference between magnetic and geographic north) as part of their navigational map. The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between PI Dr. Richard Holland, Co-I Dr Dmitry Kishkinev, the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Oldenburg University and the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Duties will include collecting data on cue use in songbird migration during the Spring and Autumn field seasons, working independently and as part of a larger team of researchers, making a significant contribution to the dissemination of research results through publications, presentation at scientific meetings and knowledge transfer.

Candidates should have or be about to obtain a PhD in a relevant area (primarily Animal Behaviour, Ecology, or Environmental Science, although due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field, those with a PhD in the physical sciences may also be considered) and have recent relevant experience of whole organism experimental animal behaviour in a field or laboratory setting.

Candidates will be expected to commence 1st January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Richard Holland (email:, tel: 01248382344)

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, Closing date for applications: 03 November 2017.