Job Opportunity

An opportunity to manage the NHMS has become available:

Molecular Ecologist
Full time (37 hours per week) £32,916 - £34,815 (depending on experience)
Based at UKCEH Wallingford, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, OX10 8BB
Open Ended.
Closing date for applications is Friday 20th May 2022
Interviews to be held on Friday 27th May 2022

About the Role

An exciting opportunity is available for a Molecular Ecologist to join the Molecular Ecology research group at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Our research is focussed on the application of genomics to study the composition and function of biological communities in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. A major component of this role will be to lead on the management and deliver of the National Honey Monitoring Scheme, a large citizen scientist eDNA research programme. You will be joining a vibrant, multi-disciplinary molecular ecology research group with well equipped laboratories with high-throughput DNA sequencing and high-performance computing (HPC) capabilities on site.

About You

We are looking for a researcher with demonstrable expertise in the generation and analysis of genomic data for ecological research. You will have experience in high throughput DNA sequencing in the field of environmental genomics and biodiversity research (for example environmental DNA or microbial metagenomics). You will have a PhD in a scientific field related to biodiversity, ecology, or biology with a strong molecular focus. Equivalent experience may also be considered. You will be collaborative and proactive in identifying opportunities to apply your skills across a range of topics and research areas.

Main Responsibilities:

To manage and deliver the eDNA citizen science scheme, the National Honey Monitoring Scheme (NHMS).

To undertake research in molecular ecology based on high throughput DNA sequencing.

To design and implement molecular analysis workflows to support our research across the organisation.

To analyse genomics data sets and lead on data analysis, interpretation and manuscript writing.

To contribute to publication of research in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals

To play an active role in supporting or leading funding proposals.

To collaborate with UKCEH researchers on interdisciplinary research across multiple departments.

Knowledge & Qualifications

Essential experience/qualifications

A PhD in a relevant discipline, such as molecular ecology or molecular microbiology.

Knowledge of and expertise in ecological analyses including those relating to community dynamics.

Expertise in relevant coding language(s), to deliver bioinformatic analyses of molecular ecological data (e.g., R or Python).

Expertise in the visualisation of ecological data.

Knowledge of key biological processes and DNA sequencing technologies, particularly with relevance to molecular ecology and/or environmental genomics.

 An ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and to present methods and results to diverse audiences.

Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

Ability to manage time in relation to meeting project deadlines.


Experience of working and interacting with the general public, or in citizen science.

A track record in publishing in internationally recognized scientific journals.A track record of contributing to research funding proposals.

Ability to undertake research with limited supervision.