Interdisciplinary Research Associate / Fellow in Animal Sciences

Full Time
  • SALARY & BENEFITS £39,992 - £47,722 per annum, £33,518 - £38,833 per annum
Job Description

o promote a flexible workforce, the University will consider applications from individuals seeking full time, part time, job share, or term time only working arrangements.

*Appointment will be for a Research Associate at Grade 7, or Research Fellow at Grade 8, dependant on skills and experience as detailed in the Person Specification.

A Research Associate / Fellow is required to develop interdisciplinary research on the “MULTI-LAND: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Ecosystem Service Resilience in Multifunctional Landscapes” project. MULTI-LAND is part of the Wales National Research Network (NRN) in Low Carbon Energy and the Environment and involves partners at Bangor University, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Coed Cymru, Natural Resources Wales, and the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

MULTI-LAND aims to identify positive interactions between trees, livestock and soil and improve our understanding of animal behavior and metabolism (feeding, growth, defaecation and use of shelter) to increase productivity and reduce GHG emissions. Expanding tree cover in the landscape has a potential positive impact on climate and flood regulation by altering soil physical characteristics, promoting soil carbon sequestration and nutrient conservation, and reducing GHG efflux. We will examine the role of shelterbelt systems in the provision of ecosystem services and in increasing the resilience to perturbations of upland livestock ecosystems. By creating a multifunctional landscape and exploiting the potential synergies between trees and livestock we aim to demonstrate how sustainable intensification of farming practices can improve agricultural productivity and local livelihoods whilst enhancing the delivery of a range of regulating ecosystem services.

At Aberystwyth we seek to appoint a ruminant livestock scientist / animal behaviourist to develop novel approaches to determining animal nutrition and behaviour in both controlled feeding trials and at a landscape level. The post-holder will join the Animal Microbial and Aquatic Sciences Theme of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University and work with fellows and investigators at CEH and Bangor University. The post will be fixed term until 31 December 2018.

To make an informal enquriy, please contact Christina Marley at cvm@aber.ac.uk.