Full-time paid field assistant position to work on blackbirds in Lund

at the Biology Department, Lund University (Sweden)

What do we study: We use a population of free-living blackbirds (Turdus
merula) to investigate the physiological mechanisms of partial migration,
with a focus on the immune system. At present we have just under 200
colour-ringed birds in Lund that we monitor using radio telemetry and
field observations. We use these data in combination with measurements
taken from blood samples to assess whether immune function is a cause
or consequence of partial migration.

Job description: The field assistant will work alongside other team
members to observe and recapture colour-ringed blackbirds in/around
Lund. Capture methods will include mist-nets and snap traps. The field
assistant will be responsible for making observations of colour-ringed
blackbirds in the field, helping to set up and monitor mist nets and/or
snap traps, extracting and processing birds and recording data.

Requirements: He/she must be confident with setting up mist
nets and handling/extracting a range of small passerine species
unsupervised. Experience with colour ringing and taking more detailed
biometric measurements (e.g., tarsus length, moult score), as well as
radio telemetry is desirable but not essential. Ideally, the candidate
would be available full-time for a period of 3 months between April
and July. Proficiency in English language (spoken and written) and the
ability to ride a bike are essential.

How to apply: All enquiries and applications should be sent directly
to Dr Rosie Lennon ( Applications (in English)
should be sent no later than Wednesday the 24th March 2021 with the term
‘Field assistant’ as email subject line and should include:

1) CV (maximum 2 pages) with information on relevant experience
and training;

2) a brief cover letter (maximum 1 page) explaining how the applicant’s
background makes them a suitable candidate for the position.

Selected candidates will be invited to an online interview.