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Research Assistant/Associate in Marine Citizen Science

Requisition ID:  8461

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  01-Jun-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £28,331.00 - £34,804.00 per annum

Closing Date: 22 June 2021



The Role


This is an exciting opportunity to innovate and research collaborative ways of working with coastal communities to address environmental issues. The research initiative is part of the NERC funded Engaging Environments programme that explores ways of increasing engagement of diverse communities with environmental research. 
You will develop an interdisciplinary framework to explore how citizen science and co-enquiry approaches can lower barriers to engagement with science and environmental issues. Working with coastal communities across North-east England, particularly focusing on marginalised and under-served groups, you will identify environmental issues of importance to them and co-create citizen science approaches to addressing these. You will work in partnership with a range of organisations supporting interaction and engagement with the marine environment. 


For further information about the School of Natural and Environmental Science, please click here.


The position available is full time, fixed term for 12 months and will be based at the Dove Marine Laboratory. 


For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jane Delany at jane.delany@ncl.ac.uk


Key Accountabilities


•    Work with relevant organisations to support a co-ordinated programme of intertidal ecological studies that address topics and issues of importance to local communities
•    Support partner organisations in the implementation of coastal citizen science, providing marine ecological expertise, and supporting development of approaches that are co-enquiry in nature
•    Co-create two short-term citizen science projects of relevance to the needs and interests of particular communities. 
•    Conduct interdisciplinary research to explore the value of engagement to the participating communities.
•    Undertake research into understanding the journey of involvement for underserved communities and what impact it is having. 
•    Lead co-ordination of a communications plan; taking responsibility for ensuring key messages are communicated across north-east project organisational partners, and that communication to participating community members is timely and effective
•    Develop and deliver training for volunteers where needed
•    Liaise with conservation managers and relevant professionals across the north-east region to determine site-specific or species specific issues that require consideration to support marine biodiversity conservation objectives
•    Work with the Newcastle PI, and Co-Investigator to ensure to ensure the north-east volunteers are appropriately supported, that the Newcastle-regional data is entered to project databases in a timely fashion
•    Lead on data collation, critical analysis and interpretation across the project
•    Reporting progress to the Engaging Environments Project members and NERC project funders
•    Presenting data at local, national and international meetings
•    Participate in and contribute to the development of a vibrant research culture within the school
•    To have a minor involvement in the teaching activities of the School, to be mutually agreed


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Expert ecological knowledge of marine and coastal habitats 
•    Experience of working with communities to address environmental, conservation or social issues
•    Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to present to internal and external stakeholders, and to communicate effectively with diverse audiences
•    Excellent organisation and planning skills
•    Evidence of the ability to produce high-quality publishable research

•    Experience of sociological research tools 
•    Experience of citizen science approaches to data collection

Attributes and Behaviour

•    Ability to work independently and as part of a team
•    Enthusiastic, with a strong work ethic
•    A demonstrated commitment to ensuring our institutional strategy for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) is embedded in all research group activities, with a commitment to ensuring dignity and respect in the workplace to the highest standard.
•    Demonstrable understanding of inclusivity, and commitment to addressing racial and social injustice amongst marginalised communities.




•    A PhD awarded (or near completion) in an area of marine ecology or other appropriate marine or interdisciplinary science
•    Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science subject 



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 8461