Field assistant position available to study limits to adaptation in Australian rainforest Drosophila
We are looking for a motivated, hardworking volunteer to help conduct fieldwork in northern Queensland as part of a project examining limits to adaptation in rainforest Drosophila. This project is based at the University of Bristol, UK (PI Dr Jon Bridle, postdoc Dr Eleanor O’Brien), and involves collaboration with researchers at the University of Queensland (Professor Mark Blows) and the University of Melbourne (Professor Ary Hoffmann). This position represents an excellent opportunity to be involved in exciting research in evolutionary biology, and would suit someone seeking direct experience of a field-based project in this area.
The role of the volunteer will be to assist with collection of Drosophila at several locations in the rainforest in northern Queensland, sort field-collected specimens, maintain live stocks and perform other duties as required. Training will be provided in Drosophila identification and maintenance, although previous experience would definitely be helpful.
(1) BSc in evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology or a related discipline.
(2) Willingness to spend long days working in rainforest in hot, humid conditions.
(3) Ability to work carefully and meticulously, with close attention to detail.
(4) Enthusiasm and the ability to work closely as part of a team.
(5) A full driving licence.
Previous fieldwork experience and 4 wheel-driving experience would also be an advantage.
The volunteer must be able to spend up to 8 weeks in the field from mid-March - May 2011. Full living expenses (meals and accommodation) will be paid during this period. We are also able to make a contribution of up to 400 GBP (approx. $AU630) towards the costs of travel to the field site.
Applications must be received by the 31st January 2011, and should include a cover letter and CV, including the names of two referees.
To request further information about this position, or to apply, please contact Dr Eleanor O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Eleanor O'Brien
School of Biological Sciences
University of Bristol
Ph: +44 (0)117 928 7470