Monday, March 11, 2013




Chester Zoo is one of the leading zoological collections in Europe with an international reputation for achieving its mission in conservation breeding programmes, research and education.

We are currently recruiting for a Scientific Assistant to facilitate applied scientific activities that will support Chester Zoo as a centre of excellence for conservation breeding and animal welfare.

The post-holder will lead and build regular audits of collection concerns and participate in related activities (including information gathering, filtering and prioritising research needs, designing & resourcing projects, matching personnel to projects, coordinating the review of research applications and sample requests, monitoring progress, dissemination and implementation of outcomes to relevant parties). The Scientific Assistant will build links with relevant UK and international working groups to explore the opportunities for multi-zoo studies that support collection concerns. Additionally the post-holder will provide administrative support to the Science Team and will liaise with other departments on science-related tasks.

By the application deadline, applicants must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a biological field or equivalent experience and have proven experience and skill in designing and carrying out research projects, including data collection, processing and analysis. Essential skills and attributes include proven ability to present information clearly and concisely in verbal presentations and written communications, including scientific writing. Excellent project management skills, with the ability to prioritise and demonstrate time management, must be demonstrated. Proficiency in the use of software applications to store and graph data, generate reports and slide presentations, and general office correspondence / administration are required. The ability to use initiative and be flexible and resourceful in approaching research projects is necessary. The capacity to build good working relationships and credibility both within and across teams and a strong commitment to animal health and well-being is also essential. Ideally, the applicant should be proficient in the use of statistical software. Knowledge of zoo management or affiliated conservation industry and general zoo keeping experience is an advantage.

This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week Monday-Friday based at Chester Zoo. The salary is £20,914 per annum. This is a temporary 12 month contract.

How to Apply:

Applications should include: a covering letter, curriculum vitae and a short sample of the applicant’s own written work (e.g. an excerpt from an article, essay, or dissertation (max. 1 side of A4) by post or email to

Closing date for applications is 25th March 2013 and interviews will be held mid April 2013.

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