Research Support Assistant

Swansea University

Swansea, Wales, UK 🇬🇧

Posting date:07 October 2021
Salary:£22,847 per year, pro rata
Hours:Full time
Closing date:21 October 2021
Location:Swansea, Wales
Company:Swansea University
Job type:Temporary
Job reference:AC04814


Contract:This is a fixed term position up to 30 September 2022

Location:This position will be based at the Singleton Campus

We wish to recruit a Research Support Assistant to support research and engagement of the Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement (FIRE) Lab with Dr Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley. This Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund funded post is available immediately on a fixed-term basis until 30 September 2022.

This project aims to address data gaps (spatial and non-spatial) with relevance to management decisions for rivers and fishes in Great Britain, including infrastructure such as dams, weirs, culverts, bridges, and fords. The Research Support Assistant will assist and collaborate with FIRE Lab team members on project administration, mapping infrastructure (primarily across England), compiling, reviewing, and synthesising literature, and organising and guiding online structured elicitation workshops.

1.Support with spatial data collection, collation, and analyses in Google Earth Engine + Street View, EDINA Digimap, and ArcMap/Catalogue.
2.Assist in sourcing, reviewing and synthesising literature about instream infrastructure impacts on river ecosystems and associated methods to address data gaps.
3.Assist with organising and delivering structured elicitation workshops about instream infrastructure passability to river/fish scientists and managers and fishers in Great Britain.
4.Help to maintain and enhance links with other professional institutions such as universities, Environmental Consultancies, Rivers Trusts, Environment Agency, NRW Wales etc.
5.Observe best-practice protocols in maintenance and retention of research records as indicated by HEI and Research Councils records management guidance.
6.To conduct the job role and all activities in accordance with safety, health and sustainability policies and management systems, to reduce risks and impacts arising from the work activity.

For full details, please see the attached job description.

Essential criteria:
1.GCSEs in Geography and/or Biology.
2.Demonstrable evidence of taking pride in delivering solutions.
3.Evidence of ability to work effectively as part of a team and collaboratively with diverse groups.
4.Evidence of ability to conduct data cleaning, spatial analyses, map production, and data storage in ArcGIS/QGIS, R, Google Earth/Maps, or EDINA Digimap.
5.Experience with drafting and distributing social media and email communications for research recruitment and organisation of workshops.
6.Evidence of the ability to conduct or support with research and writing academic reports and manuscripts.
7.Evidence of planning and organisational skills to contribute to project implementation, evaluation, and reporting.

Desirable Criteria
1.First degree (BSc/BA) in environmental science, geography, or similar.
2.Experience or familiarity working with riverine / migratory fishes in Great Britain.

Informal enquiries: Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, PhD [email protected]