Exeter, UK: Postdoc, stress response in guppies Tisk
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Associate Research Fellow (Ref.47897)
Salary GBP 25,513
The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow to support the
work of Dr Alastair Wilson and Dr Andrew Young. This BBSRC funded post
is available from Feb 1st and funding is in place for up to 3 years. The
successful applicant will work on a project studying the evolution of
the stress response in guppies Poecilia reticulata.
Taking a quantitative genetic approach, the project will test the
hypothesis that (maladaptive) chronic stress responses persist in
populations because of i) trade-offs with (adaptive) acute stress response
pathways, and/or ii) conflict between mothers and offspring over who pays
the price for stress exposure. The post will include responsibility for
conducting lab-based behavioural and endocrine experiments in guppies
to test this hypothesis. The research fellow will also be responsible
for analysing data using quantitative genetic models, and for writing
up results for publication. The successful applicant will be able to
communicate complex information, relating to research progress and
outcomes, orally, in writing and electronically.
Applicants will possess (or be nearing completion of) a PhD or equivalent
qualification in a related field of study, and will be able to demonstrate
a strong interest in evolutionary biology, a proven track record of
publication and well developed statistical skills. Strong communication
skills are also essential. Knowledge of animal behaviour, endocrine
physiology and/or quantitative genetics is highly desirable. Previous
experience of working with vertebrates, especially fish, would be
The starting salary will be from GBP 25,513 on Grade E, depending on
qualifications and experience.
For further information please contact Alastair Wilson, e-mail

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  or telephone (01326) 255131.
The closing date for completed applications is Jan 5th.  Interviews are
expected to take place in late January.
To apply online please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/jobs and search for the
post P47897
Many thanks for your help.
Best wishes,
Lizzie Burston
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