Dear EOU Member,

I write in regard to a short-term post-doc that we have at the University of Birmingham (UoB), Birmingham, UK. It is available for approximately the next 6 months. We have an EPSRC-funded grant “Managing and Enabling Future Airspace” that still has 6 months to run. The post-doc who was employed on it has taken up a position on a new NERC grant and we are now looking for someone to take up where he left off. The project uses two radars on the roof of Engineering at UoB to: (1) distinguish between drones and birds; (2) classify and thus distinguish between different avian taxa; and (3) address the overall aim of quantifying flying avian biomass over the city.

We appreciate that 6 months is not a long time but we feel that someone with an appropriate skillset might be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and generate some outputs rather quickly. While part of the post-doc might involve working on the ground conducting transect counts of birds in flight within the field of view of the radar, allowing matching of free-flying birds to tracks on radar returns, we feel that there are plenty of other opportunities for a keen researcher to work with us on data already in hand to generate some exciting outputs.

If you have appropriate research expertise in animal navigation and movements or you know of someone (e.g. a PhD student who has just submitted, a post-doc between contracts) who might be able to take up this opportunity with us at such short notice then do please write to me at

 I look forward to hearing from you.

 Best wishes,

Dr Jim Reynolds