Research Assistant/Associate in Conservation Science

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 03rd Aug 2021
  • Salary: Research Assistant  - £28,331 - £29,176 per annum (with progression to £30,046)
  • REF: 9725
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Research Assistant – £28,331 – £29,176 per annum (with progression to £30,046)

Research Associate – £30,942 – £32,817 (with progression to £40,322))

Closing Date:3 September2021

The Role

This exciting opportunity to join the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences as a Research Assistant/Associate in Conservation Science. You will provide support to three initiatives that bring together networks of researchers working in biodiversity conservation, and related areas, across the university, nationally and internationally. These are: a) internationally, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission Post-2020 Biodiversity Targets Task Force, which is led from Newcastle University; b) nationally, in Conservation and Sustainability Consortium of Academic Institutions (CASCADE); and c) across the university, the Centre for Climate and Environmental Resilience.

You will also have the opportunitycontribute to existing taught programmes in the School, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. These programmes provide an understanding of key issues in global biodiversity conservation and introduce them to the approaches that can be used to guide policy and decision-making on biodiversity conservation. There is a strong emphasis on policy processes in these programmes.

The post available is full time, fixed term until 30 June 2022.

For informal enquries, please contact Professor Philip McGowan via email: or Dr Aileen Millon :

For further information about the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, please click here.

Key Accountabilities

• To support the development of the Centre for Climate and Environmental Resilience across the university, identifying unifying themes and areas of focus. This will require communicating with colleagues across the university and developing and facilitating meetings and workshops as needed.

• To co-ordinate the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission Post-2020 Biodiversity Targets Task Force, which is led from Newcastle University, as it shapes engagement with the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This will involve developing position statements and other policy documentation as required.

• To enhance the Newcastle University engagement in Conservation and Sustainability Consortium of Academic Institutions (CASCADE) a new network of academics in >20 UK universities and institutes seeking to enhance the role of UK Higher Education in building capacity for research and practical action at the intersection of conservation and development in the Global South.

• Contribute to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching with academics from the Modelling, Evidence and Policy group, including supervision of undergraduate and MSc research projects.

• Contribute to existing research projects and activities.

• To participate in and contribute to the development of a vibrant research culture within the school.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Broad knowledge and interest in global biodiversity and conservation, including issues relevant to management and policy, such as threatened species
• Knowledge and experience of analytical approaches to understanding ecological processes and conservation needs
• Ability to communicate effectively and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, including with collaborators in the UK and globally
• Experience of teaching and/or supervising university students
• Publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Experience of working with non-academic individuals and organisations in wildlife management and conservation

Attributes and Behaviour

• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work independently to agreed objectives
• Excellent organisational, record keeping and time-management skills
• Ability to assimilate new information to both shape teaching and develop research ideas for projects
• Ability to learn new techniques (including ways of teaching) and implement them rapidly
• A commitment to open and reproducible science
• A demonstrated commitment to ensuring our institutional strategy for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) is embedded in all our research group activities, with a commitment to ensuring dignity and respect in the workplace to the highest standard


• A PhD awarded (or nearing completion) in conservation science or relevant discipline

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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