Conservation Social Scientist
Reference number: A0650920
Salary: Starting at £26,212 to £29,320 Per Annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: 18 Months
The RSPB Centre for Conservation Science is looking for a talented person to join our People Conservation Science section. You will be providing social science research and evidence to inform a new project working with first-time UK home-buyers to investigate gardening behaviours. The project is looking at motivations around the use of greenspaces (personal and public), barriers to engagement with wildlife in these spaces, interventions (particularly digital) that may help address some barriers, and how information, activities and behaviours spread throughout communities.
This is a new, exciting, 18-month fixed-term post, reporting directly to our Principal Conservation Social Scientist, Dr Joelene Hughes. The post requires you to have a doctorate, a good working knowledge of relevant subjects, for example social network theory and analysis methods, and preferably some experience of problem-solving research work. An understanding of the UK conservation context would be desirable.
The researcher will be working with RSPB colleagues from outside the science department, and an external business partner who is funding the research. The post-holder will be expected to balance their own project work with some provision of general evidence-based social science advice to the RSPB project team. You will be expected to use appropriate communications to effectively communicate science to different audiences, inform funding, policy and other key decisions. You will have experience of conducting experimental and quasi-experimental research using both qualitative and quantitative methods and be skilled in using face-to-face interview techniques e.g. Key Informant interviews or leading focus group discussions, to collect unbiased data from individuals or small groups.
You will have experience of taking scientific projects from study design to completion, publishing the results in peer-reviewed journals and communicating results to diverse audiences and stake-holders though various fora and media. The post is a fixed term contract for 18 months working solely on the role defined above.
Closing date: 14 October 2020
Interview date: 20 October 2020
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