Science Research Assistant

BirdLife International

Closing date: Sunday, 2nd September 2018

Science Research Assistant

  • Location: Cambridge, UK
  • Full time: 35 hours per week
  • Duration: 1 year fixed-term contract
  • Salary: £18,000 – £22,000 pro rata per annum (dependent on skills and experience), plus competitive 12% pension benefit
  • Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic individual to support its scientific work on mitigating the impacts of energy infrastructure on wildlife. The position will be based at BirdLife’s global headquarters in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, England.

BirdLife is the world’s largest conservation partnership and a globally recognised leader in bird conservation science. Through our network of 120 national Partners, we are committed to finding practical and sustainable solutions to environmental problems that benefit both nature and people. BirdLife works actively with governments and the energy sector to ensure that environmental impacts are fully considered and minimised. With our partner organisations, we have developed a range of decision support tools and guidance materials to aid the environmentally appropriate deployment of energy infrastructure.

The successful applicant will be involved in helping to research and review literature on the wildlife impacts of energy development for inclusion within project reports and guidance material. They will be involved in compiling data for use in BirdLife’s avian sensitivity mapping tool, which uses geographic information system (GIS) approaches to identify areas within the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa where soaring birds could prove susceptible to collision with wind turbines and associated infrastructure. The applicant will be involved in organising workshops and liaising by email and in person with BirdLife’s Partners and external experts. The applicant will also have the opportunity to contribute to BirdLife’s broader science work on migratory species and flyways.

Selection criteria: 

Applications are invited from dynamic, self-motivated candidates who meet the following criteria:


  • Masters Degree (or equivalent experience) in either a biological or environmental subject.
  • Excellent research, writing and data management skills.
  • Competency with Microsoft Excel.
  • Good knowledge of Web of Science, Google Scholar or other academic databases.
  • Good knowledge of global biodiversity conservation issues.
  • The right to work in the UK.
  • Experience of using GIS (preferably ArcGIS).
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team.


  • Previous experience in data assimilation and management for a conservation project.
  • Previous experience of conducting a scientific literature review.
  • An understanding of the wildlife concerns surrounding wind energy and other energy technologies.
  • Good general knowledge of birds, especially those of the Afro-Palearctic.
  • An understanding of the use of spatial data in conservation and planning


The successful candidate will report to the Senior Global Science Officer. The role will require liaising with a number of staff in the Science, Policy and Information Management Department, in particular working closely with the Flyways Science Coordinator, and with staff from a number of BirdLife’s regional offices and national Partners.

A detailed job description can be found at

Closing date: 2 September 2018

Application: Applicants should include a covering letter summarising their suitability for the position, a detailed CV, and contact details of two referees known to them in a professional capacity. Applicants will need to be eligible to work in the UK. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to:

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in Cambridge on 10 September 2018.