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Research Fellow in Conservation Science (Full-Time / Permanent)

Research Fellow in Conservation Science

About Us

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and all across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering – working for wildlife.

Role Profile

We are looking for an outstanding early careers researcher to join the Institute of Zoology as a Research Fellow. You will have an exceptional track record in Conservation Science for your career stage. We will provide an opportunity for you to establish your career within a world-leading research institute.

The Research Fellow will be based at the Institute of Zoology (IoZ), Zoological Society of London, and be expected to develop links with IoZ's wide range of partners, particularly at University College London and the Royal Veterinary College. The post is available for all areas of conservation science, although we particularly encourage applications from people with interests in the following areas:

Global biodiversity change
Wildlife health
Threatened species conservation and management
Historical ecology
Conservation genetics
Conservation technology and remote sensing
Interactions between wildlife and people
Nature’s benefits to people
We are particularly keen to bring new skills and expertise into IoZ that complement existing interests. This may include, for example:

The ecology of microbiomes
The application of AI and machine learning to ecology and conservation
Human health and well being
Social dimensions of conservation
For this reason, applications are not limited to people with a background in the Biological Sciences, but the post is open to any discipline relevant to conservation (e.g. Veterinary Science, Social Science, Computer Science, Mathematics) and to anyone with a background in conservation research. We are very open-minded about disciplinary background, and would welcome applications from anyone with innovative ideas about conservation science and its future direction.


There are no restrictions on nationality. You will be required to provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK before commencing any fellowship offered.

Candidates should have been awarded a PhD or equivalent research-related degree prior to application.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will:

Have an exceptional track record in conservation science for their career stage.
Have been awarded a PhD or equivalent research-related degree gained prior to their application.
A record of high-quality outputs in the form of books, articles in refereed journals, and (in appropriate areas) exhibitions, or other outputs appropriate to the discipline
A record as a research group leader, including supervision of research students and research staff
We are looking for an early career researcher who has already established an independent career in academic research, and who will bring complementary skills and interests to the research community at the Institute of Zoology. We wish to see evidence of achievement across four key competencies - research excellence, conservation impact, management and leadership, and teaching (if applicable to your previous roles).

For more information please refer to the full Job Description

Benefit Package:

This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, stakeholder pension where the employer minimum contribution is 7%, complimentary zoo tickets and more.

To Apply

Applicants will need to upload:

A 1-page research statement (detailing key research you have completed that also covers how you would intend to advance the fellowship);
A full CV (including grants, awards and a full publications list);
Complete the Equality of Opportunity Monitoring Questions when applying through the system which can all be done by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button.
Should you have any questions about the post please direct informal enquiries to Professor Ken Norris, Director of Science at ZSL

If you have any issues when applying through the system, please contact Human Resources

Closing Date: Midnight (23:59) Friday 20th December 2019.

Anticipated Interview Date: 4th February 2020 and we will expect the successful candidate to take up their fellowship as soon as possible thereafter.

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.

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