Positions

Field assistants for Spring 2021

Do you like working with wildlife? We are looking for field assistants to work on the Warsaw Gradient of Urbanisation for the 2021 field season.

We seek 1-2 field assistants, ideally full time for urban ecology work at the Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology Lab, Centre of New Technologies (CeNT), University of Warsaw (Poland) for a period of 1-3 months in the timeframe of mid-April to mid-July 2021.

Background. Current anthropogenic activities are responsible for considerable modifications of the natural environment. Those include a change in trophic interactions, as well as light, noise or chemical pollution, all of which may have considerable impact at the individual level and in terms of populations’ dynamics and functioning. Given the rapid increase in urbanisation worldwide, it is becoming increasingly important to better understand the underlying mechanisms and impacts of urbanisation on wildlife.

Work Description. Field assistants will participate in the collection of blue tit and great tit breeding data by working on study sites in Warsaw in a gradient of urbanisation. Work can also involve more specific tasks related to other ecological projects currently in development. The team will be working in pairs to monitor all sites located in a gradient of urbanisation; most sites can be reached by public transports.

Work requirements. We are looking for motivated candidates with a strong interest in avian fieldwork. A previous experience in work with birds, avian population monitoring, or bird handling or ringing would be appreciated, but is not essential. Please indicate if you have a PolLASA ethical licence, ringing licence and / or driving licence. Preferentially, the candidate should have a theoretical background in ecology, in physiology or in population biology. Operational Polish language is important but not essential; because English is the working language in the group, the candidate should be able to communicate in English.

Employment. Ideally, full-time availability is required, but students with little course load are also welcome to apply. The field assistants may be asked to work on any day of the week including weekend and the working hours are flexible (between 6 am to 8 pm).

Salary. 2000-4000 PLN / month brutto depending on time availability and experience.

How to apply.  Your application should include the following information in PDF format: please include a cover letter and C.V. (including your research experience, education and ringing / ethical permits). Please send your application to michela.corsini@cent.uw.edu.pl as soon as possible with the term “field assistant position” as e-mail subject line. Selected candidates will be invited for skype or live interview to CeNT.

Other Research opportunities

In terms of Polish funding, the National Science Centre, the National Agency for Academic Exchange and the Foundation for Polish Science are key funding bodies relevant for the type of research carried out by our team.

If you are working in the field of evolutionary ecology research or urban science research and would be interested in hearing about work opportunities in the lab or more generally within the Centre of New Technologies (University of Warsaw), please contact marta.szulkin”at”cent.uw.edu.pl.