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Critical and empirical evaluation of biodiversity assessment and monitoring approaches in upland landscapes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Graduate Teaching Associate – Ecology 0.4FTE

We offer an exciting Graduate Teaching Associate opportunity in Ecology within the School of Applied Sciences, supporting graduates in relevant disciplines to develop the skills and experience to become the Lecturers of the future. These are excellent development roles for graduates with an aspiration to enter an academic career. Employed two days a week to support teaching, the GTA will pursue doctoral research studies on the remaining three days, supported by a stipend.

Our Schools pursue impactful, applied research while providing an excellent education and experience for our students. Each GTA will develop the ability to fulfil both of these expectations. Research and teaching will be in Ecology and related areas, with a PhD project entitled "Critical and empirical evaluation of biodiversity assessment and monitoring approaches in upland landscapes". The project is in collaboration with the Brecon Beacons National Park and EcoSulis.

Each GTA position will be for a period of up to 5 years, during which we will support the appointees to develop their experience in teaching and assessment, and complete their doctoral studies. Each School will agree tailored teaching and research development plans with the GTA.

At the end of the period, a successful GTA will have completed their doctoral studies and gained the experience necessary to fulfil a Lecturer role.

This fixed-term position is based at the Pontypridd Campus of the University of South Wales. A GTA must also meet the progression requirements of a part-time PhD student.

PhD project brief

Critical and empirical evaluation of biodiversity assessment and monitoring approaches in upland landscapes:

This PhD presents an exciting cross-sector opportunity in ecological research with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and EcoSulis consultancy. It aims to develop an empirically informed interface between existing approaches to assess and monitor ecological recovery and ecosystem processes, and new innovative ways to collect ecological data (computational technology) to influence conservation and land management policy in upland landscapes. The research focuses on key taxonomic groups, including birds, bats, freshwater macroinvertebrates, and soil biota.

This research programme will equip the successful candidate with applied skills in contemporary and innovative ecological survey methods, management and analysis of large, mixed datasets, spatial modelling, BQC analysis and automated techniques, and provide a skill set complementary to the Ecology team in the School of Applied Sciences.

Closing date: 3rd June 2019

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